101 Career Change Tips
I’m guessing you are frustrated in your current job and wondering how on earth you are going to make a change into an exciting new career that lights you up?
I’ve created this list of 101 CAREER CHANGE TIPS because I too, was once in your shoes. I stayed STUCK forever in my career, due to fear and indecision. I don’t want you hanging out in ‘stuck-ville’ for as long as I did!
This list is designed to get you stepping outside your comfort zone and EXPLORING the possibilities before you. I’ve provided a wide variety of ideas for moving forward and my hope is that this lists makes you realise you DO have steps you can take TODAY!
Be open-minded and remember that all it takes is ONE tip from this list for you to discover your DREAM CAREER and finally be that person that gets to say ‘I LOVE MY JOB!!!’
Best wishes for your career fulfilment,
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101 CAREER CHANGE TIPS:
- Volunteer for a role or organisation that you want to learn more about
- Explore what motivates you and makes you get out of bed in the morning
- Ask for a project at work that will challenge you and give you new experiences to draw from
- Read an autobiography that inspires you to follow your dreams (or helps you figure out what your dream actually is)
- Join an association or professional body so you can network and learn more about a profession or industry
- Ask yourself if you need a ‘new job’ or whether you actually need a ‘new career’
- Dream up your ideal working day and describe it in detail
- Listen to inspirational career and personal development podcasts
- Ask yourself ‘When do I lose track of time?’
- Update your LinkedIn profile and make sure to include keywords that you would like to be found for
- Avoid the common trap of searching for a ‘job title’ – instead focus on WHO you want to be – not what.
- Look for a thread or common theme that has been present throughout your life. Could this be a clue to your next steps?
- Write a ‘future resume’ – what do you want your resume to look like in 5 or 10 years time?
- Try journalling to express your feelings, frustrations and dreams
- Learn how to do a ‘Power Pose’ for confidence. Use this in your next interview or for the courage to make your career change.
- Start collating a ‘Success file’ or compliments, feedback or warm fuzzies that you can read through when your confidence is low
- Don’t get hung up on finding ONE big purpose – find meaning in each day and know that every day you are making a difference in some way
- Consider whether you need to take a ‘Bridge job’ – a job that will get you out of the miserable job you are in, but is not the end goal
- Don’t compare your new beginning to somebody else’s middle or end! Focus on YOU
- If you were to work in the movie industry, what job would you do? Are you the caterer, the costume designer, the producer, the merchandise manager, the lighting person, an actor, the poster designer, the doctor? The movie industry is a great example of involving many different occupations in one setting.
- Conduct an ‘informational interview’ with somebody who is in a career that interests you, and ‘pick their brains’
- Hire a career change coach who can help you figure things out
- Ask to ‘job shadow’ someone who has a job that sounds interesting
- Learn what your values are and decide which ones need to be present in your new career
- Discover your personality type and see what clues you find about what makes you tick
- Find a mentor who can support you and guide you through your career change
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101 CAREER CHANGE TIPS (continued):
- Update your CV and start thinking about what you want it to include
- Take a night class or weekend workshop on a hobby that interests you
- Take an online course in a topic you are passionate about
- Talk to a friend who loves their job and rewire your brain so you remember that it is possible to love your job!
- Ask for a pay rise and see what happens – maybe you get a ‘yes’ and that helps (for now) or maybe you get a ‘no’ and that motivates you to make a change
- Sign up for professional development opportunities at work
- Work on developing your growth mindset so that you set yourself up for success
- Explore your beliefs and discover clues to what could be keeping you stuck
- Find a support team (or a trusted friend) to help you stay positive and move forward with your dreams
- Find a career website or blog that inspires you and keep checking it for new inspiration
- Arrange to talk to somebody from a different department and find out what their department really does
- Research and explore new industries or sectors that may be a better fit for you
- Take a career course or workshop
- Create a vision board with images and words that show how you want to feel in your new career
- Read a career advice book
- Plan a volunteering holiday that allows you to test drive a passion or career idea
- Take time off work to focus on your career change
- Practise your interview skills just in case you get called up for your dream job interview
- Work on your professional brand so that you are the CEO of YOU
- Go on a Google safari – type in your secret dreams and see where you end up
- Look at your finances and decide what you could cut back on to finance your transition
- Take a career quiz and see if you get any clues to your new career
- Identify your strengths – what do people ask you for help with?
- Make a list of what your ideal work environment looks and feels like
- Think about your life stage and what you are choosing to focus on right NOW
- Create your elevator pitch – how would you introduce yourself if you met your career idol?
- Message somebody on LinkedIn – what’s the worst that can happen?
- Look at job boards for inspiration – what excites you, and what makes you cringe?
- Make a list of what you don’t like about your current job – then consider if the opposite things would be things you would actually like?
- Make a list of what you do like about your job or what you liked in past jobs
- What gives you energy and makes you feel alive?
- Write a job description for your dream job. Ignore the job title – instead focus on what types of things you would be doing during your day. Be as specific or as generalised as you need to be
- Consider what you want people to say about you at your funeral?
- Start a side hustle
- Ask to work part time from home so you save on commuting, and can devote that time to your career change search
- Allocate time in your calendar each week for career change activities
- Set SMART goals so another year doesn’t go by and you still haven’t made a career change
- Too scared to choose just one thing? Consider whether you are a ‘multi-passionate’ person
- Meditate for stress relief, self care and to clear your mind. This will allow new and exciting inspired thoughts to arrive
- Work on developing your intuition so you feel more comfortable in your decisions
- Explore study options for areas of interest
- Print out inspiring quotes to motivate you and keep you feeling positive
- Examine your fears head on and consider what the worst case scenario actually is. How likely is that to really happen?
- Engage the creative part of your brain so you can trigger new ideas for your career
- Make a list what you don’t want in your new career.
- Get yourself into action by taking the smallest baby step towards your goals. What is the easiest step you could take right now?
- Change things up – get outside your comfort zone and do something new every day
- Don’t give up – do whatever you can to remind yourself that your breakthrough is ‘just around the corner’
- Consider doing an internship as a way to explore a new occupation or industry
- Check out ‘Occupational Outlook’ websites for your country
- Find a ‘Guided Visualisation’ that may help you uncover your dream job
- Learn how to dream big – you will never get to your dream job if you don’t start by being truthful about what you really want
- Create a timeline for your career change and how it might look
- Write your list of deal breakers that you will not tolerate in your new career
- Examine your ‘but’s – those sentences where you say (or think)…’I’d love to [insert dream here] but…..’ How can you stop the ‘but’ from keeping you stuck?
- Start saving money so you can manage the career change with less stress
- Stop complaining and start doing! What could you do right now that would only take 5 minutes of your time? Send an email? Update your LinkedIn headline?
- Try creating affirmations that will help you stay positive and strong
- De-clutter your life. Tidy up your house, office, desk, handbag – allow room for the new to come to you
- Understand the change process and the ups and downs that come with making big changes
- Be kind to yourself – talk to yourself the way you would talk to a dear friend
- Identify your transferable skills – how could these be used in a new career?
- Practise gratitude – keep a gratitude journal and record 5 things you are grateful for each day
- Celebrate small achievements – keep a list handy of ways you will celebrate your small wins
- Search Twitter for hashtags of interests or occupations that you like the sound of – see who you find
- Declare your goals with a supportive person so they can keep you accountable to continuing to pursue your dream career
- Stop ‘crowd-sourcing’ your career. Friends and family don’t necessarily know your true desires. Learn to ‘go within’ and find the answer (or seek professional help)
- Think about the people you look up to. What is it about them that you admire?
- What were your childhood dreams? Look beyond the job title. Ask yourself WHY you wanted to be [insert childhood dream here]?
- Take a break and have fun – making a career change and choosing a new career is hard work – take time out to laugh and life the weight off your shoulders
- Clean up your online footprint. Do you need to delete certain things from your social media?
- In networking situations, practise making eye contact & having a great hand shake
- Too scared to choose between several careers? Would a portfolio career suit you?
- What is your unique ‘Super Power’?
I hope you enjoyed this list and received a healthy dose of career change inspiration! Be sure to download the checklist below, print it out and start working on your first action item to get you moving!