It can be daunting to realize that your feelings of restlessness and dissatisfaction stem from unhappiness with work, and that your lack of enthusiasm can no longer continue. When this is the case, it is time to summon your courage and plan for a career change.
But how does one change a career? Especially if the switch you want to make is something you have no experience or qualifications for whatsoever? It’s terrifying, and one of the most daunting parts of the transition is beginning, because where do you even begin?
It is a balancing act between thoughtful preparation and bold action; you do not want to throw yourself into preparation to the point that you’re avoiding action, but you do not want to be reckless and unprepared when making a transition like this. Here are several steps you can take to help begin transitioning careers:
1. Start Asking Hard Questions
-Are my finances in order if I quit tomorrow? If so, how much time would I need to get a job? If not, how much longer do I need to keep this job in order to reach that number?
-If I quit tomorrow, is there temporary work I can do in the short term?
-What am I good at? What are my strengths?
-Where would I rather be spending my time and energy?
-What skills and qualifications do I have that can help me with this new career path?
-Who do I know that can help me?