2020 was a rollercoaster of a year for many people. Between the economic recession, adjusting to changes brought on by the pandemic, and the multitude of jobs that were lost, adaptation has been the order of the day across the board. Whether due to furloughs that go on for too long, a change of interests, or a job loss, many are facing the prospect of a career change. While such a transition can be difficult, there are things you can do to make it easier for yourself.
Explore Different Options
There are seemingly endless possibilities when it comes to career options. They say that if you find a job doing something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. Of course, extrinsic motivation differs from intrinsic motivation and can impact the degree of enjoyment you drive from your work. That doesn’t mean it won’t be incredibly satisfying anyway. Search for jobs that align with your interests, or explore altogether new industries. If the job you want doesn’t exist, consider creating a business around it. Just keep in mind that while you may enjoy it and find value in your interests, not everyone will feel the same. You’ll need to balance that with what you need in terms of income to determine if your ideas are worth your time.
Pursue a Flexible Education
Education can be a valuable tool, but only if you can make use of it. To that end, pursuing an education that provides you with some flexibility can be a wise course of action, especially considering the current degree of uncertainty plaguing the workforce. Education in fields such as real estate can provide you with the flexibility to have a career as your own boss or to work for a business. You’ll also have the chance to choose in-person or online courses, depending on your preference. Depending on the technology available, you may find you have a strong preference for one course over another. Many online courses in real estate are slow to adopt videos. For some, that may offset the convenience and flexibility they offer their students.
Learn How to Sell Yourself
If you’re going to find success in making a career change, you need to learn how to sell yourself and your skills. Not all job duties will transition between careers, but a lot of the soft skills you develop can carry over. When it comes to changing careers, it’s important to tailor your resume to the job, focusing on the skills that you bring to the table and can offer to your new employer. Even if the jobs are in totally different industries, you’ll be better able to make yourself an attractive candidate for the job.
Changing careers can be tough, but it’s far from impossible. There are a wide variety of options to explore. You can pursue a flexible education that opens up multiple opportunities. Whatever you decide to go with, it’s important to know how to sell yourself. This will help you position yourself for an easier transition when it comes to making a career change.
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