Thinking About a Career Change? Here’s What to Do First

As employment agency experts serving the Greater Hartford, CT area, Stewart Staffing knows if you’re unhappy in your career, then you might be thinking about a change. While it’s tempting – and even exciting – to take the plunge, a more measured approach is best. That’s why before you make a move, you should assess the following areas first:

Examine why you want to switch careers.

You might think a total career change is in order, while a different position might actually do the trick. So before you do anything drastic – like resign – figure out what it is that you don’t like about your current role and what is attracting you to a new field. Perhaps you’re stretched thin and working too many hours. Or maybe you’re having a big conflict with your boss or co-workers. These aren’t necessarily the right reasons to make a total career change. However, if the field you’re in doesn’t align with your core values and similar jobs available don’t appeal to you in any way, then it’s likely time for a change.

Research the growth potential.

You don’t want to move out of a lucrative or stable field into one that’s declining. That’s why it’s important to do your homework first. That means finding out all you can about the growth potential of the field you’re considering. There are plenty of resources out there to help in your research, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook and the Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop website.

Reach out to people already in the field.

Don’t simply focus on a high level of details when you’re doing your research. Instead, dig into the details of the field and the position you’re interested in by talking to those who already work in it. They can give you an honest perspective on what it’s really like and also help ensure your expectations are realistic. Beyond that, they can also offer you tips and advice on breaking into the field. If you don’t personally know anyone who works in it, then reach out to professional associations, as well your alumni association for help in this area.

Identify the challenges and obstacles.

Changing careers is almost never easy. That’s why it’s important to first identify the challenges and struggles you’ll likely face and how you will overcome each one. This will help you identify specific actions you can take now – and going forward – to minimize struggles and make the transition as smooth as possible.

If you’re ready for a change in jobs or careers, but don’t know which step to take next, call Stewart Staffing. As employment agency experts serving the Greater Hartford, CT area, we can help identify exactly where it is you want to be, then help match you with opportunities that are a good fit for your personality, lifestyle and career aspirations. Contact us today to learn more, or search our Greater Hartford-area jobs now.

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