Career Transition Strategies and Tips

By: Georgia Woodbine
Posted: 04/02/2008

The average working class person consumes about 35-40 hours of their time every week with additional time commuting to a job they hate.  You have two choices: you can stick with what you have been given by society as your career field or venture out into a new career path.  Choosing a new path can make a huge difference in a person's quality of life.  It begins with finding your true passion in life and choosing an occupation that best suited with your life goals.  Once you become aware of what that is, you can assess your natural ability, skills, talents and the strengths that will bring the satisfaction you are looking for in your career. There are many personality types: Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional, you have to discover who you are. Are you a Creator, Doer, Thinker, Helper, Persuader or Organizer? Most prominent successful people that are living a fulfilled life pursued a career that matched their personality type. Have you ever asked yourself these questions?  Where do I start?  What if this could change my life?   What do I have to lose?  How can I make this shift without being uncomfortable?  It’s not an easy task to pursue your passion for profits, but once you do the rewards are limitless.  Once you decide to make a change you then have to do the work, which requires implementing a well-designed action plan.  Ironically, most people will spend more time planning a vacation than planning their careers.  Start thinking outside of the box, what value do you have to offer? This is an important piece of your career planning puzzle.  What’s important to you; money, prestige, travel, excitement adventure, or independence?  Do you need more time to develop your communication skills? Are you willing to be a team player? Are you taking appropriate risks? What types of activities do you enjoy?  Exploring these questions can be the gateway to your success.  Changing your career path can be overwhelming choice, but there are some things that can make the process more manageable. This is not a one-time decision, it’s a lifelong process that involves connecting the dots in your life mentally, spiritually emotionally, financially and physically then identifying your options.  Regardless of who you are - where you are in life - there is always time re-evaluate and rediscover where you want to go in your future and turn your passion and interests into a new career. It's your future, your life, your dream.  It’s time to create your own path to success.  7 Crucial Steps to Own Your Career Path  -     Write down your goals: spiritually, physically, emotionally, financially -          Discover what activities energize you. Examining your morals and values  Assess your personality type and environment -   Separate your true interests from outside influences Find a community service that appeals to you -  Collect information and use your resources  "A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all - he's walking on them."
- Leonard Louis Levinson

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