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10 Simple Steps Towards a New Career

If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and not getting any fulfilment from your working life, it’s time to take...

10 Simple Steps Towards a New Career

If you feel like you’re stuck in a rut and not getting any fulfilment from your working life, it’s time to take a step back and think about how you could reinvent your career.

 

Reimagining your career doesn’t necessarily mean switching paths altogether. You may want to simply leave a role that you feel isn’t challenging or stimulating. Whatever the case may be, here are ten simple tips to help you move things forward.

 

1. Think back to childhood

If you feel truly directionless, revisit your childhood dreams of “what you want to be when you grow up.”

 

Obviously you need to add a healthy dose of realism—it may be a little late to become a footballer or an astronaut-- but looking back on what you really wanted to do when you were younger can provide clues and inspiration.

 

2. Look at a list

Take a look at a long list of different careers like this one. This is a similar exercise to thinking back to your childhood dreams, and it can serve as a quick brainstorming process.

 

3. Get realistic

Most adults have at least some commitments and responsibilities, so it’s important not to be too impulsive. Walking out on a job when there are bills to pay is rarely a great strategy. If you take stock, however, you’re sure to find some time or money with which to begin to shake up your career.

 

4. Clean up your CV

No, it’s not a fun job, but you’ll have to get your résumé in order before you can apply for any new job—so grit your teeth and get it done.

 

5. Take some “baby steps”

You can’t jump from admin assistant to psychologist without some serious effort, but there’s nothing to stop you from doing some groundwork. Buy some books, look at some online courses-- just do something to get yourself on the right path.

 

 

6. Look at training opportunities

Whether you want to move up in your company or switch careers completely, there’s sure to be some training you can undertake that will help.

 

Thankfully, there are plenty of options out there that cost nothing at all. You can even take Harvard University courses online using their “Open Learning Initiative.” Lack of funds is not a barrier to improving your knowledge in 2014.

 

7. Start your job search

Even if you’re not quite ready to begin applying for new roles, there’s no harm in looking at what’s out there. Doing this regularly will motivate you and remind you that things don’t have to remain the same forever.

 

8. Consider volunteering

If you are planning to make a dramatic career shift, you may well have to “start at the bottom.” In some professions, even that can be difficult, so look into volunteer opportunities that fit in with your aspirations. Hopefully you will enjoy the experience and gain some relevant experience to add to your CV.

 

9. Make use of the web

As you begin to branch out and actively seek your next opportunity, make use of tools such as LinkedIn to connect with business contacts, both old and new. You never know who might prove to be the key to your new career.

 

10. Put yourself out there

At some point, you just have to jump! Keep point three (above) firmly in mind, but be ready to take the plunge when the time is right. Get those resumes out there, and look forward to your first interview!

 

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