1. Explore Opportunities With Your Current Employer.If you feel unfulfilled in your current position, don’t give up on your employer just yet. You’ve already built relationships, proven that you’re capable, and integrated yourself into the organization. There’s a good chance that the organization can use your education and experience in a different capacity. Tell your manager about your misgivings, and ask whether there might be other opportunities for you at the company.
2. Meet With A Recruiter.Recruiters do more than schedule interviews and prep you to meet with potential employers. We can also help you determine what type of position you should seek. Schedule an appointment with a strong recruiter to get to the heart of the issue. What aspects of your job stimulate you? Which bore you? What makes it the wrong fit? Maybe you’re an auditor. You enjoy the research elements of the job, and you thrive when working with numbers. But you don’t like having to visit new client locations all the time. You’d prefer to be in an office where you can build relationships and collaborate with a consistent team. Teasing out the positives and negatives of the experience will provide a clearer picture of your next move.
3. Network, Network, Network.Schedule informational conversations with people whose careers intrigue you. Ask friends for referrals or reach out to interesting professionals on social media. Be open to different fields, even if they pose a high barrier to entry such as an advanced degree in a different field of study. A few years of additional education could lead to a dream profession that gives you decades of happiness. One disadvantage of choosing a career immediately after college is that you don’t have the opportunity to try different fields. There are many options that you might not have known existed until you joined the workforce and learned what’s out there. Allow yourself the freedom to investigate all your potential interests.
4. Determine Your Next Steps.After you’ve researched several paths, you’ll have a sense of what the transition will require. Can you shift into a new position at your company? Or does the move require a radical investment, such as going back to school? If you’re able to parlay your current skills into a new job without additional schooling, you need to find ways to open the right doors. Prepare to take a short-term decrease in compensation in order to gain experience and cultivate relationships in the field. Networking proves invaluable at this point, as you’ll find it easier to pivot if you have someone vouching for you and helping you land those opportunities.
5. Emphasize Love Of The Job.When presented with offers, take the job that will bring you joy on a daily basis. Too often, people chase after the glory moments – closing big deals or working on highly strategic projects. But those are few and far between. If you don’t enjoy the daily process, occasional wins aren’t going to sustain your excitement. I knew that recruiting was the right field because I love hearing people’s stories, learning about their struggles, and coaching them toward their next chapters. The thrill comes from those soul-nourishing connections, not from seeing how many placements I can secure. Choose jobs based on passion and whether an employer will be supportive of you as you grow. Nothing worth having comes easily, especially in the professional world. Just as you lived on ramen noodles while finishing your college degree, know that the challenges you face now will lead to something greater. People may be taken aback when you announce that you’re changing careers, but be bold. The only way to reach your full potential is to find a career you truly love.
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