7 Goals to Achieve a Career Change

Thinking of a Career Change? What's the fastest way to achieve a successful career change? Easy, have specific, manageable and attainable goals clearly defined. If you want to make a career change easier on yourself, begin by setting some goals. Writing your ideas down and crafting a strategy for achieving them is the first step. The specific goals depend on your unique needs. However, creating structure will help you to keep focused and motivated. Goals are definable, measurable steps with time sensitive parameters. So if you've been thinking about making a career change here are 7 goals to get you started on your journey.

  1. Make time to facilitate the career change. Carve out sacred time to do the research involved in determining your correct path. Self evaluation, informational interviews and decision making takes time.
  2. Identify your values. What are your priorities? What is the most important thing for you to do or have in this new career? Is it important for you to be creative? to be part of a team? to help people? Your decision has to satisfy your values if you're going to be successful.
  3. What aspect of your current job do you enjoy? Which skills or tasks do you enjoy the most? Note, it's not what you're good at, it's what you enjoy doing. I'm good at typing but it doesn't mean I want to do it all day. What's your "thing"? What do you consistently enjoy doing now that you'll like to use in your future career?
  4. What would you like to be doing? You know what you like to do, but what other things would you like to do. Do you need new training and skills? Some career changes require a return to formal education. Is your career change requiring a return to the class room? Do the research to determine cost, class times and length of study.
  5. Describe your ideal life. Write a vivid detailed description of your future life. When you're doing this job, what does your life look like? To have a career change that satisfies and fulfills think about what you want to do for work in the future. This new career has to fit with your picture of your ideal life. If you would like to enjoy job satisfaction, make sure this career idea fits into the life you would like to have.
  6. Assemble your dream team. John Maxwell states, " a dream without a good team is a nightmare." Include people who believe in your ability to make your career change a reality. These are people whose hindsight become your foresight. Whoever you decide should belong to this team, contact them today and share your dream with them.
  7. Maintain your Commitment. Commit to spending at least one hour per day reading on your new field of interest. This helps you maintain a competitive edge by increasing your knowledge. Eliminate activities that distract you from achieving your goals. The more exposure you have to your new interest, the less afraid you become of the change. Fear is eliminated when you have structure and information.
For each of these major goals, reduce them into smaller steps and celebrate each success. Before you know it, you'll have the career you're currently dreaming of.


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