Job Change – Is it the other inevitable?

Here we thought that only death and taxes were inevitable.  Looks like “change” is peering her head around that same corner, and I don’t mean the change that the politicians keep bantering about.  I mean the real, honest-to-goodness, things are going to change around here kind of change that happens at work.

Some are suggesting that some of the very tenants of our work world are likely to change as baby boomers retire and our system adjusts.  That may be years down the road, but talk of recession and lots of pink slips make talk about change a definite here and now topic.

How can you prepare for change?  Some thoughts…

 1.  Keep your head out of the sand.  You don’t want to engage in unsavory gossip, but make it your business to know the skinny in your area and the company at large.  Touch in with professionals in competing companies as well so you’ll have a finger on the pulse of your industry.

2. Make yourself vital.  Volunteer for projects.  Don’t complain.  Become an expert in a niche market.  Specialize in something useful and leverage your services when change comes around the bend.

3. Keep your eye on the prize.  What are your goals?  Plans?  Do you hope to move up the ladder in your company?  Move on to another industry?  If you don’t have plans, change will come and hit you in the face.  I don’t have to tell you that most people who are hit in the face aren’t going to be lucky enough to have much say in the directions they go.  Don’ t let that be you. 

Keppie Careers will help you prepare for your next career step.  We offer resume writing, career coaching, and an array of services to help you make the best change possible…


1 Response to “Job Change – Is it the other inevitable?”

  1. 1 florida executive search October 23, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Assessing the Risks of Career Change: Florida Executive Search

     Considering A Career Change
    For anyone contemplating a career change you should determine your reason for doing so. Are just bored where your work? Desiring some new scenary? Are you sick of your current position? Are the other lifestyle issues affecting your desire? Or are you really interested in a new career? Be aware that career change does not come without risks and challenges. If there are other aspects of your work that you can change to increase your satisfaction, rather than jump into a new career, you may want to try these first – it’s far less risky.
     Reducing the Risk Associate with Changing Careers
    As with changing jobs within an industry, there are a number of risks associated with a career change. One of the biggest risks associated with changing careers is not having a job lined up and ready before your leave your current career and exit that industry. When considering a career change you should have a strong contingency plan worked out just in case Plan A doesn’t work out. Having a backup plan is especially important if you have people who depend on your financially. Also make sure that you have thoroughly explored you new career choice. It’s not uncommon for people to find that their new career isn’t any more fulfilling than their old career.

    One of the reasons that many people change careers is so that they can start their own business. Launching a business – especially a new business – can be risky. Many people only focus on the success their new business will have experience and ignore the risks associated with setting up the business, acquiring funding and capital, and attracting enough customers to support the business. Don’t forget nearly 1/3 of all new business fail.

    Before making a career change you should make a comprehensive list of all the risk associated with your specific career change plan. Once you have listed all the associate risks, formuate a realistic risk assessment plan help you to (1) prioritize your risks and (2) determine what the risk likelihood is. Once you’ve assess the risks you should then develop a risk management plan that will help you to (1) avoid each risk and (2) put together a contingency plan in case a risk materializes.
     Things You Should Consider
    If you know that you want to change careers but don’t have determined a specific career change plan then we recommend that your first consideration should be how to build on your strengths. One of the biggest challenges of making a career change is that you are moving into a new industry where you may or may not be as qualified as other job seekers. Identifying your talents, abilities and strengths and then finding career paths that play to your strengths will go a long way to ensuring you have a successful career change experience. Make sure to thoroughly explore professional options to make sure you are qualified enough to enter into a career field. Does your new career require special expertise? training? or any other qualifications?

    Second, consider what you enjoy doing. Whats the point of making a career change if you’re not going to enjoy your new life and career. Remember, you don’t have to make a ton of money to enjoy your career but you do need to make enough to pay your bills and maintain a decent lifestyle.

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