You may come across a time in life where you want to do a career change.
There are many possible reasons as to why you want to do that.
- lost of interest in the current path
- discovered your true passion
- lack of professional challenges
- for a higher salary
- better opportunities
If you haven’t already learned what to expect when you’re in between jobs, here are 10 things you should expect before doing a career change.
1. Don’t Burn Your Bridges & Leave a Good Record Behind
Leave your workplace with a good record and the bridges intact.
Make peace with any outstanding hard feelings.
You never know when you will need your ex-colleagues. In particular, they may help you with the step of your career.
2. Change is Not as Scary as It Seems
Often times, the fear comes from fear of change.
And quitting your job is a big change. That will definitely blow off all the self-preservation alarms in your brain.
Quitting your job to work on something you love is very good for your self-fulfilment.
Not everyone loves what they are doing.
Sure, it puts food on the table.
But at the end of the day, do you feel accomplished?
Are you happy after a day’s work at the company that you are working for?
The fear of leaving security behind—your job—can be very daunting.
But that’s because it is threading into the unknown.
Once you have decided and quitted your job. You will realise that it is not so bad at all. Especially if you get to do things you love next and you don’t have to worry about putting foods on the table.
Also, if that’s not the biggest concern, you can always freelance while scouting for your dream job.
3. Opportunity for Self-Realisation
Is working for other people really what you wanted to do?
Or was that what made you unhappy in your previous job?
Maybe your next career step is to work for yourself. Take this time to assess what can and cannot be realised.
A career change will prompt for learning opportunity about
- who you really are,
- your strength,
- what you cannot do, and
So take the opportunity to learn.
4. Career Planning—One Step at a time
You can still ‘enjoy’ working at your current job while doing your planning.
If you have mouths to feed or financial limitations, best to take your career change one step at a time.
Plan things out by asking yourself these questions
- What is my passion?
- Can I monetize my passion?
- Where do I plan to apply?
- Which company offers the position I’m looking for?
- What is the working environment do you want?
Having had past work experiences, your next career step will be a much easier decision for you to make.
5. Career Self-Assessment
After quitting your job, assess what you have learned from the past years.
What skills have you accumulated that you can use for your next job search? Make a list of your skills and talents that you want to enhance.
You can also list down those that you do not want to ever use again.
Narrowing your skills will land you a job that best fits you.
6. Update Your Resume and Build an Online Brand
You need to always keep your resume updated. Even if you are not planning to start your job search yet after quitting.
Take time to update your resume.
Add your past work history or talents that will attract recruiters and employers.
Remember, your online brand must also be up-to-date.
Get more tips on how to do your personal branding here.
7. Use Your Time Wisely and Upgrade Your Skill Sets
Without much expectations for the day, downtime can be waste away with too much sleep or play.
Spend your time wisely.
Do something meaningful even if it is not money-making work.
Enrol in classes or learn how to use certain software so that you have the required skills for that ‘dream’ job you are looking for.
Make use of the skills future credit that the Singapore government has given you.
8. Be Productive
Find productive things to do that are worth your time.
Don’t let yourself waste away.
For example, engage with past acquaintances and old friends.
You can also read up on news and industry trends of your interest.
Who knows, an opportunity may arise from these reestablishing your connections with them.
9. Be Patient
Patience is a virtue. Your first attempt to find a job may not be fruitful but don’t feel down.
Career change is a task with plans, goals, failures and achievements. It doesn’t happen with just the first try or one-time deal.
Make it a point to patiently wait for the results while enjoying the downtime.
10. Get That Side Project Done
You may have something that you never got to finish due to work demands.
Now, is the time to finish it. Look for side gigs to spend your downtime or earn some extra cash you need.
For some people, quitting their job is a luxury.
For others, it’s a necessity because their job has simply taken a toll on their health and happiness.
Whichever it is, just be prepared.
Then, quitting will not be so scary after all!