TIPS FOR MAKING A CAREER CHANGE


If you find yourself dissatisfied with your current career, you're not alone. According to life coach Suzy Greaves, up to 80% of people end up in a job that isn't a good fit for their skills and passions. Many people don't realize this until their early 30's or later, at which point it may seem inevitable that they will have to accept another two or three decades of unfulfilling work. Yet switching careers isn't impossible. In fact, more and more people are finding the courage to do just that.

 

Here are some tips to guide you towards a more fulfilling career.

 

1. Look at Your Hobbies


Many people don't realize that the things they choose to do in their spare time - for free - are actually fertile grounds for a new career.


  • Are you a courtroom drama television junkie? You don't have to dedicate three years to law school to become a vital part of the justice system. Earn an associate's degree in paralegal studies and you could join the ranks as a paralegal - assisting lawyers with preparing for trials and other important tasks - in as little as two years.
  • Love to design and draw? If you've always loved the arts, but thought it was a fool's dream to pursue that skill, think again. Graphic designers, the people behind those visually compelling magazine covers, web sites, and DVD packages make on average between $40,000 and $60,000 a year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. And all it takes to get started is a degree in graphic design.
  • Are you on the computer 24/7? A career in programming or information technology may be a good choice for you. Complete a computer science or IT degree program and you could qualify for a number of high-paying jobs in computer programming, systems technology, or IT.

 

2. Look into Teaching


You've done it, so why not teach it? Shifting into a teaching field can be a very fulfilling way to utilize the years of expertise you've accumulated in your current career.

All of the activities that might have seemed commonplace can take on new meaning when you're teaching the next generation and helping them accomplish their goals. Though it's not always necessary, earning a teaching degree may make for a very smooth transition.

 

3. Look Beyond the Paycheck


We're often encouraged to aspire towards earning the highest salary possible, making many important decisions with this goal in mind. But even in a career that pays well, many feel the need for more. Transitioning into a helping profession - like nursing with a two-year nursing program, or counseling with a degree in counseling, both of which can pay over $50,000 a year - is a great way to find that fulfillment without completely sacrificing a great paycheck. Other options include going into physical therapy, where as a physical therapist assistant, you can play a major role in alleviating a person's chronic pain. All you need is an associate's degree in physical therapy assisting.

 

Remember, it's never too late to make a career change. With an honest appraisal of your interests, skills, and goals - and some additional training and education - you may find that it's exactly what you've needed all along. To search for local or online colleges that offer training for the particular career that interests you, please visit our home page. You can request free information from any school directly from our site with one simple form.

 

Some information for this article was found at http://education.yahoo.net/articles/want_to_change_careers.htm