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6 Tips for Making a Successful Career Change

We all feel stuck in a professional rut from time to time. Maybe opportunities for advancement at your job aren’t playing out like you’d hoped, or perhaps your interests have shifted since you first started down your career path. Whether you own a small business or work for a larger employer, switching careers is doable. These six tips will help you make your career change successful.

1. Make a List of Your Passions

When you’re ready for a professional change, the best place to start is by figuring out what you enjoy most. Your hobbies and pastimes are clues that can lead you down a new path. What are your favorite parts of the day? Why do you enjoy them? Try to find a job that incorporates these things. On the flip side, think about the aspects of your current job you’d like to avoid when making a career change.

2. Identify Your Biggest Asset

Figure out what you’re best at, and focus on that. Whether it’s interacting with people, being creative or managing projects, find a way to combine your passions with your strongest skills when switching careers. 

3. Look for Potential Jobs

Once you have an idea of what you would like to do, start a job hunt to see what’s out there. You may find that there are other skills you might need to acquire to land your dream job. Make a list of the skills you have yet to learn, and start working to develop them. 

4. Find a Career Mentor

Having someone on your side who can serve as a guide and a resource as you embark on a career change can help tremendously. Reach out to your network to see if there’s someone who can offer guidance in your new career.

5. Take a Leap

Just because you’ve spent years in one job doesn’t mean you have to stick with that career forever — a midlife career change is possible! Have faith and go for it. Changing careers isn’t as scary as you may think. Sure, there will be bumps along the way, but you can overcome them if you are truly passionate about switching careers.

6. Be Patient

Nothing is perfect from the start. It may take time to build enough credibility to land your dream job. And once you do, you may have to work your way up. Be persistent and remember that with every step you take, you are learning the ropes of your new career and moving toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

Taking the plunge into a new career is scary, but it doesn’t have to be. Don’t know where to start? Farm Bureau Financial Services can provide you with enriching career opportunities.