I’ve been in high-tech sales now for six years. I do enjoy sales and technology;
however I’m honestly looking for a career change — but just don’t know what I’m
wanting to do. It seems as if I’m wanting to do so many things I can’t make up
my mind. My question to you is do you know of any good career change Web
sites — and also some good online learning schools?
The Career Doctor responds:
Changing careers is a very common occurrence — and many career-changers go through
the very same issues you are dealing with right now. Be prepared for many challenges
and moments of frustration. These steps will help you with your career change:
- Step 1: Assessment of Likes and Dislikes. Make two lists and focus on careers
that relate to your likes.
- Step 2: Researching New Careers. Don’t rush into anything; take the time to
- Step 3: Transferable Skills. Discover the skills you can take from your sales
career and use in your new career.
- Step 4: Training and Education. Determine whether you need more education
or training for your new career.
- Step 5: Networking. Establish and grow a new network of contacts in your new
- Step 6: Gaining Experience. Consult temp or volunteer to get experience in
your new career.
- Step 7: Find a Mentor. Having a trusted person to guide you and be a sounding
board will help greatly.
- Step 8: Changing In or Out. Some job-seekers who love their employers are lucky
enough to be able to change careers while staying employed by the same company.
Most though end up changing employers when changing careers.
- Step 9: Job-Hunting Basics. If your job-hunting skills are not current take the time to refresh them.
- Step 10: Be Flexible. Career-changers face numerous obstacles so flexibility (in employment status job title salary etc.) is critical.
You can read all the details of these 10 steps — along with key resources and tools — in this article
published on Quintessential Careers: The
10-Step Plan to Career Change — as well as other resources in the
career change resources section of Quintessential Careers.
And for all sorts of resources related to distance learning — including online education providers –
go to the Distance Learning
Resources section of Quintessential Careers.