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Steps to Changing Your Career

Updated on May 2, 2013

Considering a Career Change?

A lot of people dream of changing careers, but don't actually do it. Many folks are afraid they are too old to change their career or they don't know how. Let's break the task of changing your career into smaller steps that you can start doing now. And I'll tell you lots of places you can get more suggestions and assistance.

I created this lens which benefits the Polly Klaas foundation as part of a challenge and hope that it helps others challenge themselves to give more and live more.

Career Excitement
Career Excitement

When Changing Careers Consider Both Passions and Skills

Key to Career Happiness and Success

You would never seek a spouse just based on who was looking to get married at the same time that you were and yet people often jump into a long-term relationship with an employer and their career with about that much thought.

Who is hiring?"" they ask and look around. How much will they pay?"" Never mind do I want to get up each morning and go there and work for them.

So begin at the beginning and think about what you are good at and like to do. If you would like some advice on this topic, I recommend you read (there is an audio version as well) The Deepest Desire of Your Heart by Will Edwards. Will's story, told here, about his own complete career change inspired me and I hope it will encourage you as well.

So, go on, have a blast! Start looking for a career that you'll want to sound off about!

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

~Henry David Thoreau

If You Want to Change Careers, Seek Relevant Experience

Seek experience that is relevant to the job you would like to do. Often this will be volunteer work, such as: helping at a hospital if you want to change to a medical field; or volunteering at an animal shelter if you want a career working with pets. But you might be able to find a low-level paid position that will be a first step towards changing careers. If you'd like to open a pizza shop, find a well-run pizza shop in a different neighborhood and ask if they need part-time help.

You will get a much better idea what is really involved in your dream job if you see it up close, in addition to learning relevant skills. Few make a successful career change in a single bound. It's better to dabble in your desired field first.

When Planning Your Career Change, Ignore the Hecklers!

Recognize that there will by naysayers and learn how to ignore them. These naysayers could be in your own head or in your own family. I like to think about them as hecklers at a ball game. You have to stay focused on playing your best game. Don't allow doubters to draw your attention away from your goal.

Here's a sample of what you might hear:

"What are you having a mid-life crisis?"

"Can you really afford to do this?"

"Remember what happened to your cousin, Alicia, when she tried to start her own business."

"Why don't you wait until your kids are through college before taking such a risk?"

"You can't run your own business, you have no head for money."

"You expect your job to be all fun and games, why do you think they call it 'work'?"

"Have you lost your mind?"

"You spent all that money on your degree and now you aren't even going to USE it?!"

Don't let these comments get to you (like woman in picture). Balance them by getting a support network (see next section).

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.

  ~Theodore Roosevelt

Dislike Your Job But Don't Know What to Do? Here are books for you!

All of the books listed below had great reader reviews or go to this collection of recommended books about changing careers

Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live
Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live

I saw this recommended and found that it has a long excerpt on Amazon. It wasn't an exact fit for me, but did sound exactly like a friend of mine who talks about having lost his passion for just about everything and how he'd leave his job if he had a clue what to do next. He just started the book, so it's too soon to tell if it will lead him to a better life, but I suggest folks read the excerpt for themselves and consider this one.

 
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

I read this cover to cover. Perfect if you are eyeing a greener pasture but thinking you can't jump over the fence!

 

Get a Support Network

A career coach is great if you can afford one. But there are many less expensive options. And while a friend or family member can offer personal support, get some expert advice as well.

I received the following email today:

Dear Anne,

A few days ago I told you about how a fellow change-seeker named Karen found a unique way to avo id the dream-bashers at Thanksgiving dinner.

You know who I mean.

All those relatives who've spent their entire lives working for someone else who are only too quick to tell you why your dream of being your own boss will never work.

So Karen started hiding out in her in-laws' bathroom listening to the Making Dreams Happen Audio Program on her iPod.

Well, Karen's out of the bathroom.

But now another change-seeker named Barb says she can't sleep!

Barb was one of the scores of people from 23 states and as far away as Chile, Norway, Australia, England, and Japan who rushed to grab their copy of the all-digital, fully-downloadable version of "Making Dreams Happen" -- at the steeply discounted sale price.

Barb downloaded her copy on Friday, and on Saturday I got this email...

"Valerie, I bought the whole Making Dreams Happen Audio Program last night and listened to the three of you. It was wonderful!"

You all have so much to give -- my brain was in overload and it took until 2:00 a.m. to finally be able to sleep...!"

Barb ends by saying,

"Thanks for making me realize that if I do something else, it does not have to be full time as many businesses would require. I think I'm going to be busy going through the information and putting into force a new life. Thank you so much again."

click for details about this audio program

ChangingCourse.com offers a free newsletter, teleconferences and several other programs to help you define or reach your career goals. Curt Rosengren writes the Occupational Adventure blog and will respond to questions from commenters. He has also written an ebook, The Occupational Adventure to help people jumpstart a career change. You'll find expert advice and support in a variety of forms, often at no or low cost.

Making a career change is typically a long and difficult journey. No one laces up a pair of running shoes and goes out and runs 26 miles. They sign up for a marathon where there will be plenty of other racers, support stations, and people to cheer them along the way. Take a route where you are not going it alone and you will greatly increase your chances of success.

Resources for Changing Jobs or Careers

Getting someone else's advice can strengthen your conviction that you can do this! And a fresh perspective on your strengths and desires may help you find an opportunity you would have overlooked otherwise!

Want a Career Change. Then Get Started. Now!

Get started. All journeys start with one step. Perhaps for now you simply want to get more information about changing careers. In addition to the resources I've already mentioned, check out the books and online resources listed below. No time to read? Find an audiobook and play it on your ride to work.

One of my favorite song lyrics is "Where were they going without ever knowing the way?" from The Way by Fastball. Planning is worthwhile, but sometimes we feel we don't want to begin our journey until we have all the answers. Where are we going? How will we get there? Now and then it pays to just get started and figure it out along the way.

Want More Than Just a Job Change?

Do You Want More Out of Your Career than a Paycheck?

  Find Your Life Mission and Live It   - If you want more than a job change, if you want more than a career change... if what you really want is a meaningful life change, maybe it's time you started thinking about Changing Course.

Considering a Career Change - Get Inspired by Other Career Change Stories

Listen to these people talk about what led them to change careers and where they found courage. May their stories inspire you with the knowledge that if they can do it, so can you!

In All the Steps of Changing Your Career..... - KEEP YOUR SENSE OF HUMOR!

Changing Careers at 30

Change Your Career at 40

I noticed this webpage was getting a lot of hits for people querying changing careers at a particular age. Thirty seemed to be a particularly popular age for folks to be querying changing careers at. Perhaps it's the "seven-year itch" for seven years after college.

But I guess I want to encourage folks who are thinking about changing careers to do so, regardless of their age.

I made a big change, though not a total career change, after working at a big corporation for 16 years. It was scary I had all these friends who had worked at the company for about the same length of time and they were all continuing to work away contentedly. I remember wondering what exactly I was so scared about and not having much of an answer. The truth was my big corporation job no longer had real job security and while I was taking a salary hit, it was manageable.

And then I realized change is scary. But if I was scared to change jobs after sixteen years, how would I feel once I'd been there for 25 years or 30 years. It wasn't going to get any easier. And so with the same feeling that I have when I leap into the pool of cold water. I took the plunge. And I have never, ever regretted it. Never. Not during times of unemployment (and I've had them). Not when I've seen friends at my original employer continue to climb the corporate ladder and earn more money than I do.

I march to a different drummer and the beat of THAT drummer fills my heart with joy.

Good luck to all you potential career changing folks, whether you are 62 years old or 25!

The Right Time to Change Your Career

Since everyone seems to ask themselves,

Is this the right time to change careers?

or

Is age 40 (or 50) too old for changing careers?

I thought you might find the following post interesting:

This week I was kind of "stuck" for a feature article topic so I took the one minute walk down to our creek for a little Think Time. It's such a peaceful place with wildflowers in bloom, birds flitting through the woods -- and of course, the soothing sound of flowing water.

It's one of my favorite places to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. And I'm so grateful to be living the kind of life I always dreamed of. . . A beautiful place in the country. A career that I love working with amazing clients. A flexible schedule. My husband joining me in the business.

It wasn't always this way. My "before" picture looked something like this: long commutes on congested freeways, 10 - 12 hour days, plenty of stress and high pressure, grabbing quick meals from the drive-thru. Maybe for some of you, that's the life you're living right now. And I know you want OUT. Badly. Believe me, I understand.

Some of you aren't quite sure what it is you want. You're restless. Dissatisfied. Bored. Whatever it is, you just know you're not happy doing what you're doing.

Is now the time to start following your interests and passions? Is now the time to go after your dreams?

To get more help deciding, you can go to the source of this post, the newsletter of Bonnie Pond: Relaunch Your Life Coach (excerpted with permission from author)

Confucius Says....

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

Read this Great Career Change Blog Post

'Crazy' Business Ideas Often Turn Out to Be the Best

When Bob Page told his friends and family he wanted to quit his auditing job to start his own business, they were less than encouraging to him. Well, that's actually an understatement. Basically what they told him was he was crazy.

Fortunately he didn't listen. Instead he figured that if he could devote time to doing what he loved, he could make money - even if it was less than what he was earning at a CPA. Bob was right on the first count. When you love what you do, it's hard not to make money. What Bob didn't realize at the time was that his "crazy" idea would wind up making him more money than he'd ever dreamed of.

You see, today Bob's company, Replacements Ltd. is the world's largest supplier of discontinued china, glassware, flatware, and collectibles. It all started when Bob bought a part interest in a Greensboro, North Carolina antique store. A customer asked if he could find some missing pieces for her china set. He did. And then an interesting thing started to happen. According to his website:

"As friends learned of his interest in china and crystal, they asked him to be on the lookout for particular dinnerware patterns they needed as well as pieces they had lost or broken. Bob quickly found himself devoting more and more time to his hobby, often staying up until the early morning hours to fill orders. Bob stored the china and crystal in his attic, while his bedroom served as his office."

When the Small Business Administration (SBA) refused him a loan saying his idea would never work, Bob convinced the owner of a commercial building to rent him retail space. He got the word out by placing small ads in magazines.

His crazy idea worked! In his first year he grossed more than $150,000 in sales. In 2002, sales exceeded $69 million and in 2008 (the latest figures available) sales exceeded $85 million.

Now, the company's 455,800 square foot facilities house an inventory of nearly 13million pieces from over 340,000 patterns, employs some 500 people, and serves more than ten million customers worldwide.

So much for the wisdom of friends, family, and the even the experts at the SBA!

Speaking of finding support, try to imagine what Katie Wainwright's family and friends had to say when she told them she wanted to pick up dog poop for a living.

You read right. In 2003 Katie started Doggy Doody Disposal in my hometown of Agawam, Massachusetts. The company provides "doody scooping" or bagged doody removal for clients in western Massachusetts and northern Connecticut.

In addition to residential clients, they also service commercial property owners, pet related businesses, golf courses, parks, realtors and more. The company credo is "We do doody so you won't have to." And as a dog owner myself I appreciate the added touch of keeping their client's informed of any changes in their dog's doody. I mean who does that?!

These are just a couple of the countless other "crazy" ideas that have proved the nay sayers wrong and helped catapult the idea maker out of a job they hate into a life they love. The next time you get a crazy idea for a small business do two things:

First, get a notebook and label it Crazy Business Ideas. In one section, collect examples of crazy idea that have worked. In another keep a running list of your own crazy money making ideas.

Next, seek out people who will support your idea. Unless you come from a family of entrepreneurs, chances your supporters aren't in your family or immediate circle of friends. Where will you find them? You don't have to own a business to join an organization inhabited by entrepreneurs. Although I have zero interest in inventing a product, I once joined a local inventors group because I love the energy of being around can-do, make-it-happen type people.

Similarly, you don't have to be a business owner to join your local Chamber of Commerce. Many communities also have some sort of association of small business owners that meet on monthly basis.

As the great actor Katherine Hepburn once said, "Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting."

Some of the most interesting means of support begin as a crazy idea. The key is to keep coming up with them, then when you find one you love, recognize that the only sane response is to go for it.

Reprinted with permission from Changing Course Blog

Final Thoughts on Changing Careers

I was talking to a friend today. He is age 51, feels like he his most valuable skills are in an industry he hates and that he doesn't have the energy to change careers. What I told him and what I want others to think about is, it takes energy to drag yourself out of bed each day for a job that you hate. So "finding the energy" is something he's going to have to do whether he changes careers or stays put.

I'm not going to pretend changing careers is easy. It's not, BUT... what is the cost of NOT changing careers in terms of the strain it puts on your health and your relationships. Life is too short to spend it doing something you hate. Look at your options. Explore your options. Don't assume that they are not going to turn out.

Why I Created My Career Change Lens As A Polly Klaas Foundation lens

There are two reasons I posted this lens off the Polly Klaas Foundation.

1) They were having a contest where the lens had to be created by March 20th. This gave me a goal.

2) One of the lens categories was the lens should be about a hope or hobby. Many of us have HOPES of changing jobs. Given how many hours a day we spend at work, it is important that we act to make these hopes and dreams a reality. In establishing a vision for my publishing company, Aboon Books, I borrowed a story I heard at an Eagle Scout Court:

A boy was hiking and saw an eagle's egg roll off of a high cliff and into some bushes. The bushes broke the fall of the egg and it was unharmed. The boy looked at the cliff and knew there was no way to climb up and place the egg back in the nest. He came across a wild turkey's nest on the ground and placed the eagle's egg there.

The eagle hatched along with the turkeys. He was raised with the turkeys, which do not fly very far or very fast and only get a bit off the ground. One day two eagles soared overhead. The young eagle watched them and asked a turkey, "Why can they fly so high and we barely get off the ground?" The turkey answered "because they are eagles and we are turkeys." And so the eagle, who was raised as a turkey, lived as a turkey and never soared as high as his wings could have carried him.

The moral of the story is obvious: If you want to soar high, listen to your own self and not what some turkey says.

Follow your hopes and dreams!

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      antigravity 2 years ago

      Thanks for valuable resource of information which can be collectively found on this hub.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @ScentsWithBling: How exciting, CottageRoseCreations. I wish you the best of luck! Cheers to your pending success.

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      ScentsWithBling 4 years ago

      I lost my job 5 years ago and have always dreamed of owning my own business. I am currently working on getting it up and running!

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      seodress 4 years ago

      Great information.

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      RefinedU 4 years ago

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      RefinedU 4 years ago

      www.refinedu.com

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      marketingnaukri 4 years ago

      Everyone dreams of getting a dream job but only a few can make it out and the others end up being job hoppers. The article very well deals with the problems related to job change. Grabbing a suitable job opportunity at the right time is the essence!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think it's important to break the process into steps, doable chunks. I like this quote:

      It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time. ~ Winston Churchill

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      JeffSawyer 4 years ago

      Very Difficult to change career.Thanks for sharing the lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i know i just feel like im in limbo

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You are right that changing careers is scary. Sometimes even just changing jobs is scary since you are giving up a known situation for an unknown situation. Because changing careers is scary, I highly recommend you find some support -- either professional advice (can be in a book), or even just a friend who will encourage you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I hate my job but it pays decent, and with rent, bills, and other stuff it makes it hard to quit, so I think a career coach might he a good idea

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Career changing is scary.

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      lyndon-lin-925 4 years ago

      Guess what? change forever! do you think there are lots of fun in the office? No.

      Work in home is not too bed. Try it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Office jobs are not enough fun and We do need to make a change, Guss what? working in home is good idea!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been unemployeed for 5 years now, and its not getting any better. I was not sure what you meant by getting a good network, because after five years they are tied of me. However, you are right, that it does require a serious matching for long term success in a job, but, with the economy what it is, I could be ready for a long term job, but the industry might be ready for quick time change. Its hard to know. Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We need change our career and will be better soon !!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It is absolutely true, it is so hard even to start thinking what you want from your life after so many years in the same job. However, if you are feeling not happy about what you are doing in your life, you need to take a risk. I had very good job if you look at the money side, but I wasn't feeling right. So after good research, and after getting some really good advice from coach (Your24hCoach) I finally know what was missing in my life. It wasn't easy way, but I at last I have my own little business, where I can express myself.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: For some folks though, they care more about having a change in their lives and the personal growth that follows with it, than they do about money. Some jobs you can stay at and continue to grow or take a different assignment with new responsibilities, but in other cases people need to change careers to grow and develop as they want to.

      As the saying goes -- you only go around once!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      well changing careers can be a good thing or a bad thing. the good thing about it would be maybe more money. the bad thing about it would be you would be new and have barely any experience. i think the longer you stay at a job the more better you get and the more money that you get

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree that exploring other jobs is well worth doing, even if you ultimately decide to stay put. You will gain both perspective and worthwhile job experience by going out and trying new options.

      Kudos for your stint as a substitute teacher -- talk about a step that requires bravery!

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      Freestuffer LM 4 years ago

      Sounds interesting. I am contented with my job however when I read this, I feel like I want something more.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I actually thought about changing careers earlier this year. I thought about teaching and felt that I could do it. I ended up trying it by being a substitute teacher for afew months so I could see if I liked it. I ended up going back into purchasing, but felt it was a good experience.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great quotes on making a career change. It is not easy and most people just trudge off to jobs they don't like WISHING things were different, but life is too short to do that. I was about 40 before I woke up and said, "I want something better in my life than this!" I still work same day job, but have taken many steps to getting to a better place financially and mentally.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree with you completely! Wondering, 'what if..." or 'could I have.... ' is not a good feeling.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've been in the aviation industry for 7 years and have survived two mergers with another on the horizon. For some time I've been considering a change, myself! It's better to make a change and regret it then to always wonder... "what if...?" in my opinion.

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      bbbcoll 4 years ago

      I totally understand what you mean. I used to hate my job and I know that that is not my passion at all. And although its very risky since the economy is falling, I take the step on changing my career and following what I really want. Its leads me to success, cause I am happy everyday doing what I really want.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I hate my job. I would much rather work some place that I truly enjoy going to and working for.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been a stay at home mom for the past seven years and was in education and insurance prior to that. I want to re-enter the workforce and make a career change. I don't know which direction I want to go yet but your article has definitely given me some great points to ponder.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been wanting to change careers for quite some time now as I have come to really dislike it a great deal. I need something less stressful.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @scott-stevens-5249: I hope some of the resources on this page are useful to you. You are right that working at a job you don't like for 30 years is soul-destroying. You must make the effort to find something more rewarding. Too many people just sit and wish things were different. Good luck!

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      scott-stevens-5249 4 years ago

      I hate my job, I really don't want to continue with the same job for another 30 years, that would be soul destroying!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I want to quit my job, I hate my job!

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      BobJim 4 years ago

      I agree that you need to find a job you love, not just one that pays good. The money looks good at first, but from my experience, it wont let you be happy in the long term. My first job paid good, but i only lasted 4 months.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've been unemployeed for over 3 years and it is not easy and I hope that I can make life changing decisions soon!

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, it is hard to change careers. That's why so many people recommend you break it down into smaller steps AND get some sort of support or mentor.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      for me career changing was more like life-changing experience, and lucky me it was positive :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      it is hard to just jump and change career over the night

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Not all people are able to adapt to new working environment, and im sure after working 20 or more years in same company, it must be scarry to even think about moving on.

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      digre1979 4 years ago

      Changing career is something i would never think of, but i guess not all of us are happy with what we do :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      After reading this I now know I will have the confidence to go out there and look for a better job.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That's fantastic, siiret1972. Any advice you can offer to others hoping to make similar changes in their lives?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I changed my career and started my own company. It was crazy at beginning, but now i can proudly say that is the best thing ever happened to me.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @quepil1970: Well if you are tottering, feeling unsure, I recommend the book above, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. The whole point of that is, virtually no one feels confident when making a big change in their lives, but that doesn't mean you have to stay stuck where you are, just because you are nervous about making the leap.

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      quepil1970 4 years ago

      This sounds encouraging, but im not sure i would still be able to do it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I agree, it is just like you said, a lot of people dream about it, but don't do it because they are afraid of different things.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Very well said!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for your suggestions and ideas.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I guess when it comes to sudden career change there is always one question we all get stuck with "is this really what i wanna do?" You can get suggestions, but it is all up to you :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Would love to challenge myself and change career, but since i need to pay the mortgage such risk is not an option now.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm glad you found this information helpful. Deciding you want to change careers is the first step and then breaking down how to get from where you are to where you want to be into smaller steps, comes next. Good luck with your career changing journey AND the new relationship!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been thinking about changing careers and did not know what to really think about it and the information on this page really helps and I am glad to read that I am not the only one. My main reason is mainly due to settling down and needing something that pays more. It is a bummer because I like what I do now but with rough economy I don't know what to do but need more money to support new relationship and just have the things that a normal couple need and enjoy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I hated my job when I was younger. It was my first job. But I was miserable. So I decided to do something about it. I changed jobs several times after until I found the right one for me.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @foster080: Well you might want to have a look at the book listed above, I Don't Know What I Want, But I Know It's Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding Gratifying Work -- it's available in an audio version too, I think. Perfect for listening to on your drive to work!

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      foster080 4 years ago

      My work too boring, I want to change a new job more suitable.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Don't just hope, come up with a game plan to get to a situation that you like better. Too many people go through their life WISHING things were different but not making it happen. I know you can get something you like better if you make the effort and think positively. I did!

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      ocu-bejan 4 years ago

      I wonder how it would feel working after 5 years of staying at home?

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      bogdanradu22 4 years ago

      The first step in changing your career is too simple forget about your lazy job and think differently than the others.

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      slycat72 4 years ago

      I have been out of work for just over 2 yrs. now, and it's been quite stressul for my family financially... I am hoping to find work in this next New Year o "2013"...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I really hope I will manage to change my actual job very fast as I'm sick of it.

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      jmjdnd 4 years ago

      I didn't like my regular job, and I wanted to make a change. I transitioned to a work at home job. I have been doing well so far, and I don't regret making the decision.

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      Bookmama2 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I think a career helping others would be very fulfilling. How are you able to pay the bills now if you are unemployed? Do you earn money online or with miscellaneous small jobs?

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      lalalbut 4 years ago

      I am also looking to change my career. I hate my job. This is a quite excellent read for me. Have to admit that you are one on the most effective bloggers I ever saw. Thanks for posting this informative article.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I think I've been wanting to change careers a long time, just don't know where to begin. The thought of more school just doesn't thrill me. I've sent out a ton of resumes as well, but have had no luck yet.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have been unemployed for many years now, and have had plenty of time to think about a career or job change. Being in the business sector most of my life, I feel I want to follow my dream of helping others more by getting into natural medicine and healing. Very nice post that makes me think.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Some people know just what they want from a new career. They know the interests they want to explore and the skills they want to use.But many career changers need to assess themselves, especially their personality, skills and interests.

      You also need to ask yourself some crucial questions, answer them truthfully, and only then do a self evaluation of where you are now and what you can improve with a career change.

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      seo19478 5 years ago

      I think , now a days Internal Auditor is the best carrier opportunity.You have to pass Certified Internal Auditor Exam and have some good taring regarding Audit software

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      HomeDecorKnight 5 years ago

      Life is changeable, Everybody should take a challenge to rich lifestyle. Great lens, To change career this lens is helpful to thinking.

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      me2udirect 5 years ago

      Just gotta come over the procrastination element.

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      JonoAdams 5 years ago

      Excellent advice about considering both passion and skill. It's not enough just to follow your passion, you need to consider your own talents and abilities as well.

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      VivianAldana LM 5 years ago

      Great lens content. Keep up the good work!

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      JobsFindMeOnline 5 years ago

      Think about setting up your online environment such that the jobs you want start finding you.. it really is possible.

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      IncomeFromHomeT 5 years ago

      Wow, great lens! I've changed careers and started a side "business" (which isn't at ALL businesslike!) Following your passion makes ALL the difference in whether you want to go to work, especially if you have some intelligence and are creative. Corporate jobs can be mind-numbingly boring, and, for the most part, true creativity is discouraged.

      I'm also thrilled you have included information for those later in life who want to make a change.

      I started playing fiddle in my 50's and have since gone on to perform locally at nursing homes and hospice care facilities. I never dreamed I'd be able to have so much fun and so much fulfillment and still make a decent part time income doing something that I'd do anyway, which is playing my fiddle!

      Thanks again!

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      steph-naylor 5 years ago

      I've been searching high and low for a lens providing this information! thank you for all your efforts!

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      angela-shirley0926 5 years ago

      I received an advanced uncorrected proof - not for sale copy of Nicholas, book The Pathfinder on 12/10/11 in the mail.

      Nicholas opens up his book with sharing with us that he had the ideal job, but got restless and was not able to find any solutions to this restlessness. I have often been told to find a need and fill that need and then things will fall in place for me financially. Well Nicholas did just that. When he was not able to get any answers from all the career counselors he visited, he opened up his famous Rockport Institute (1981) and has been thoroughly enjoying the adventure.

      His book The Pathfinder was written based on what he needed to be able to read back then and was not able to.

      Hats off to Nicholas for the courage to continue to seek answers to his career boredom and in the process has helped hundreds figure out what they need to be doing and how to accomplish their goals.

      This book has 4 sections:

      Living A LIfe You Love

      How To Get From Here To There (The Library)

      Design Your Career

      Marketing and Job Search

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      angela-shirley0926 5 years ago

      I received an advanced uncorrected proof - not for sale copy of Nicholas, book The Pathfinder on 12/10/11 in the mail.

      Nicholas opens up his book with sharing with us that he had the ideal job, but got restless and was not able to find any solutions to this restlessness. I have often been told to find a need and fill that need and then things will fall in place for me financially. Well Nicholas did just that. When he was not able to get any answers from all the career counselors he visited, he opened up his famous Rockport Institute (1981) and has been thoroughly enjoying the adventure.

      His book The Pathfinder was written based on what he needed to be able to read back then and was not able to.

      Hats off to Nicholas for the courage to continue to seek answers to his career boredom and in the process has helped hundreds figure out what they need to be doing and how to accomplish their goals.

      This book has 4 sections:

      Living A LIfe You Love

      How To Get From Here To There (The Library)

      Design Your Career

      Marketing and Job Search

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      jeromeyoung 5 years ago

      I'm getting older but still thinks of changing a career. It's just so scary going outside the box. But, I guess there's nothing to worry about when you have what it takes out there. Thanks for sharing some useful reminders.

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      NavtejKohliCDC 5 years ago

      Hi ,I think Changing careers is one of the biggest decision job-seekers face, and with many possible outcomes and consequences.On the other hand One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change.

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      nettieadena 5 years ago

      @Bookmama2: Thank you for the referral, BookMama!

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      Bookmama2 5 years ago

      @nettieadena: Thanks. Actually it's funny, I have a friend who IS looking for a new career after getting downsized out of a job and he wanted to learn more about medical billing, so I'm going to pass your link on.

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      nettieadena 5 years ago

      Good, solid advice. I especially like when you write, "Want a Career Change. Then Get Started. Now!" That's been my mantra, "Do it now!" Very effective for getting things done quickly and efficiently.

      Considering a career change? Visit my lens for more information - http://www.squidoo.com/medical-billing-and-coding4

      Great job on your lens!

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      KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

      If a job isn't working out for you, it's a good idea to change careers.

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      Good lens. I myself made a risky career change when I quit my teaching job to work from home, blogging, website building and more.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Great inspiring ideas ... I am working on seriously ignoring the hecklers out there as I change my direction to find a fulfilling career. And, I am still working on cementing a solid networking group of my "peers."

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for the information

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i had been in the same dilemma and have now successfully drifted from a clinicial practice to a pharmaceutical industry, agree with your information here.

      http://doctorcareerinpharmaindustry.wordpress.com/

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      audreymendis 5 years ago

      you are right, it's better to assess yourself and decide if you're not happy with your current career.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I agree, ignore the hecklers, follow your passion, and get support! I say channel your inner child as a great first step:

      http://www.examiner.com/work-life-balance-in-new-y...

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      tcorbs 5 years ago

      Great information here. Nice lens. I've been really wanting to change professions.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting lens. I liked the "right time to change your career" section; it was very inspiring.

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      aliciamaggie54 6 years ago

      You make some good points that one needs to think about when making a career change. Sometimes these things can be challenging decisions. Thanks for the advice.

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      AdnanMasood 6 years ago

      Good tips. You covered a wide range of points. I remember that when I wanted a career change I dealt with a lot of people who were "are you crazy," "are you sure this is the best choice to be making now" and so forth.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great tip about the career.i am also follow this.strategic planning software

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Really like to tips and point of view about the career change..I wonder if I can apply this on my self..:-)

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      JeffMcRitchie1 6 years ago

      Great advice for people looking to find their way in life!

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      vet000 6 years ago

      I lost my job 2 years agao at the height of the GFC, its important to understand that no matter what it seems at the time, it is often a blessing in disguise because something better always comes along,. Feel free to check out my lens at http://www.squidoo.com/penny-stocks-and-investment...

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      Bookmama2 7 years ago

      @sstevens76: Glad you were able to make the change. Sometimes a job loss starts off as a bad thing and ends up with the person being better off. Congrats on your new career.

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      sstevens76 7 years ago

      I lost my job last year and didn't know what direction I wanted to take. I decided to brush up on my skills and get my computer certification Mount Laurel, NJ. I am so glad I did! I just landed my dream job. It's never too late to make a change!

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      Sandy_S 7 years ago

      I graduated from business school and was eager to take on a new job in the field. After a couple jobs I began to realize that I loved business but could not find my niche or passion in a particular field. I checked out a site so that I could get some career couneseling. I attended some workshops and searched the databases of http://www.careersuccessions.com and learned some things about myself. I have an awesome career now thanks to business school and CareerSuccessions!

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      kpcwriting2 7 years ago

      I love your advice, especially about seeking a support group when you're ready to make a career change. Great job!