For many people, making a career change can be overwhelming and confusing. It can be hard to figure out what to do first. Follow this process for a more successful career change.
This is another short, mid-week episode of Finance Career Launch where we discuss a skill, habit or mindset that will help you advance your career in finance. Today we’ll cover how to take that next step toward a successful career change.
When I made a career change several years back, I floundered for a little bit, but then I put together a document (download it here) that really helped move things forward. It outlines specific career goals and preferences and should be used as a ‘sidecar’ to your resume, not as a replacement. I created this in 2008, so it has nothing to do with what I am doing or want to do now, but it should give you an idea of how to create one for yourself. You can download the example here.
In this episode:
- If you haven’t already, perform your desktop research, but don’t spend too much time on this part
- Take an inventory of your strengths, skills and what you enjoy (write it down!)
- Be prepared with specific examples of your strengths, skills and desires
- Consider using something like StrengthsFinder 2.0, but still relate it back to real examples
- Take a stance on what you think you would like to do (again, be as specific as possible)
- Ponder both short and long-term career goals
- Why you shouldn’t fear being ‘wrong’ when you tell people what you want to do
- Share the document with real people and have in-person conversations
- Revise and repeat for a successful career change
As a reminder, the five parts of the process are:
- Research & learn
- Take an inventory of your strengths, skills and what you enjoy (write it down)
- Take a stance on what you think you would like to do
- Share with people
- Revise and repeat
Music by Elijah from NOMADS