Changing Careers Out of Dead-End Job

Glenn writes:
I’m in a dead-end job and feel a real need to make a career change.
My employer is reorganizing the department and probably going to offer
most people a package. I see this as my chance to get out and do something
different. So what should I do — and what should I not do? I already have
a tentative job offer from an old boss and am thinking of taking it once I
get the package. Your advice?



The Career Doctor responds:
What should you do? If you are seriously thinking of changing careers — not just jobs
or employers — what you should not do is jump at the first opportunity that comes your way.
One of the most common mistakes career-changers make especially those who are
being forced to make a change through some sort of corporate restructuring is to grab
hold of the first job offer that comes your way. I don’t mean to imply that it might be a
bad offer but why not take the time to see what other opportunities are out there
especially if you have a severance package? You need to evaluate whether you want
to stay in your current career or make a switch to something different.
What are some of the other career-change mistakes to avoid?

  1. Making a career change without a plan. A successful career change can
    often take months to accomplish when you have a strategy — and even longer without one.

  2. Changing careers because you hate your job. Don’t make the mistake of
    confusing hating your current job (or employer) with hating your current career.
  3. Making a career change based solely on money/benefits. Certain careers
    are more financially rewarding than others but that doesn’t mean they are right for you.

  4. Changing careers because of outside pressure. Don’t let your parents family
    or significant other influence your career choice; you need to live it not them.
  5. Attempting a career change without a new network and mentor. Making a
    career change alone is nearly impossible so once you have identified a new
    career field start making new network contacts.
  6. Changing careers without examining all the possibilities. Take the time to conduct
    research on numerous career fields so that you can find the best one to fit your current situation.
  7. Making a career change without assessment of likes/dislikes. Self-assessment
    and self-reflection are critical to career change success.
  8. Changing careers based on the success of others. Just because your best friend
    is doing well in a certain career does not mean that you will also do well.
  9. Making a career change without necessary experience/education. One of the keys
    to successful career change is gaining experience in your new career field; and in
    some cases further education or training may be necessary.
  10. Changing careers without updating your job-search skills/techniques. If it’s been
    a while since you were in the job market take the time to update and polish your job-hunting skills.

You can read more details about these 10 mistakes in this article published on
Quintessential Careers: 10
Career Change Mistakes to Avoid
.
And find lots of great resources and tools in the career
change resources
section of Quintessential Careers.

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Glenn writes:
I’m in a dead-end job and feel a real need to make a career change.
My employer is reorganizing the department and probably going to offer
most people a package. I see this as my chance to get out and do something
different. So what should I do — and what should I not do? I already have
a tentative job offer from an old boss and am thinking of taking it once I
get the package. Your advice?



The Career Doctor responds:
What should you do? If you are seriously thinking of changing careers — not just jobs
or employers — what you should not do is jump at the first opportunity that comes your way.
One of the most common mistakes career-changers make especially those who are
being forced to make a change through some sort of corporate restructuring is to grab
hold of the first job offer that comes your way. I don’t mean to imply that it might be a
bad offer but why not take the time to see what other opportunities are out there
especially if you have a severance package? You need to evaluate whether you want
to stay in your current career or make a switch to something different.
What are some of the other career-change mistakes to avoid?

  1. Making a career change without a plan. A successful career change can
    often take months to accomplish when you have a strategy — and even longer without one.

  2. Changing careers because you hate your job. Don’t make the mistake of
    confusing hating your current job (or employer) with hating your current career.
  3. Making a career change based solely on money/benefits. Certain careers
    are more financially rewarding than others but that doesn’t mean they are right for you.

  4. Changing careers because of outside pressure. Don’t let your parents family
    or significant other influence your career choice; you need to live it not them.
  5. Attempting a career change without a new network and mentor. Making a
    career change alone is nearly impossible so once you have identified a new
    career field start making new network contacts.
  6. Changing careers without examining all the possibilities. Take the time to conduct
    research on numerous career fields so that you can find the best one to fit your current situation.
  7. Making a career change without assessment of likes/dislikes. Self-assessment
    and self-reflection are critical to career change success.
  8. Changing careers based on the success of others. Just because your best friend
    is doing well in a certain career does not mean that you will also do well.
  9. Making a career change without necessary experience/education. One of the keys
    to successful career change is gaining experience in your new career field; and in
    some cases further education or training may be necessary.
  10. Changing careers without updating your job-search skills/techniques. If it’s been
    a while since you were in the job market take the time to update and polish your job-hunting skills.

You can read more details about these 10 mistakes in this article published on
Quintessential Careers: 10
Career Change Mistakes to Avoid
.
And find lots of great resources and tools in the career
change resources
section of Quintessential Careers.

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