Before switching careers, you should do some careful thinking and prepare yourself to make the transition seamless.

Key things to remember before changing your career path

You may have started your professional journey at a young age and by now you might have accomplished all that you can in your current occupation. You may wish to explore new avenues. Or your professional goals may have changed and you may have discovered new interests that you would like to incorporate into your job. You may (naturally!) want to earn more income, or have a more flexible workday.

People can have myriad reasons to seek a career change at any stage of their life. Making a career switch can seem daunting, but it’s often necessary if you wish to find satisfaction in your professional life. But before you throw caution to the wind and quit your job, there are some things to consider.

Don’t hesitate to promote yourself

A lot of women feel uncomfortable talking about their accomplishments. People who work closely with you may be in the know, but if others are not aware of your abilities and your contributions, you’re likely to lose out on suitable golden opportunities. Don’t be hesitant to promote and put yourself out there when making a career switch. Update your CV with your area of expertise and skills. 

There are subtle ways to demonstrate your knowledge. It might be as simple as sending a monthly email to your boss to keep them updated on the progress of various projects and your accomplishments. This will benefit you when they write you a reference letter in the future.

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Develop mastery in a subject

Changing careers and trying something new can be a good way to switch things up and get a fresh start in a new field. At the same time, it can put your career back by decades, and even make you overqualified and underpaid. On the plus side, industries and careers are more fluid than ever, and having mastery in a subject beyond your regular skills can give you a leg up. 

Look for ways to develop new skills that can pave the way for a change. Assess your scope for growth and find out if you can earn more if you attain a higher degree or certification in a new field. It will bridge your background to your new chosen field.

Discuss your intent with your partner

A new career is likely to bring a lot of changes in your life. It may even require you to relocate. You may need to work longer hours and be unable to devote enough time for your personal life and domestic responsibilities. Or you may have to adjust to a lower pay at the beginning. The demands of your new career can impact your partner too. This makes it essential to discuss your career change with them. Having your partner on board and enlisting their support will make your career transition smoother.

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Make professional connections

In a male-dominated industry, it can be challenging for women to make inroads and step up professionally. But being naturally adept at soft skills and people skills, women can use this to their advantage while making a career move. So select and contact professional groups in your target field for suggestions. Speak to people who are pursuing the career you are looking at – it will help you gain a better understanding and perspective on what your new job will be like. 

Be sure to attend networking events in your chosen field and speak to people in the industry about the latest trends, current happenings, and companies that are hiring. A wide network will enable you to articulate your desire to change careers, and make it known that you are actively working towards it. Request professionals to put in a good word and notify you of any opportunities. You can do this on the phone or via text, or even a referral email or note on social media.

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A career change may take time, but it can also be professionally very rewarding. Your happiness and satisfaction are well worth the effort! Besides this, look at these 7 Steps to help pinpoint the right career choice for you.