If you are currently working at a call center. But you hate sales and you want to start a new career. How should you go about it?
Immediately make plans to get out of that path. If you’re unhappy, that’s about as big a sign as you can get that you’re going the wrong way in life. The trouble is, people look at point A (the job you hate and feel trapped or stuck in) and point B as having a big, black, dark, gaping abyss between them. Like it’s so hard and treacherous, they give up before even really trying.
I can tell you that I also worked in corporate, banking, HR and HATED it, too. The difference was that I knew I couldn’t just abandon the safety of a paycheck and take a full leap at once, so I decided to build my empire, brick by brick by brick. When my kids were napping or I’d get up a bit earlier, stay up a bit later, sacrifice downtime here and there so that I could grow my side empire, my true path and purpose.
Low and behold, one day, it grew to a place where I could take that big leap with both feet. 19 years later, I’m still growing my empire to monumental proportions.
Small chunks. Think of it as pieces you can chew. Pick away at building it. It seriously won’t take that long, especially if it’s meant to be.
Next, here are some steps that you need to do once you made a decision to move forward.
- Know what you do best. Make a list of what you enjoy doing and what you do best. They are usually the same things. Don’t think about jobs yet, think about your hobbies, talents and interests.List all the things you like to do, including what you think doesn’t earn money.Think about what other people tell you about yourself. If friends say you are good at writing novels, for instance, put that on the list.Make a list of the talents and skills those activities require — writing novels requires writing comprehension and story telling skills, for instance.
- List your training and experience. Volunteering also counts. Unofficial classes/discussion/mentoring do count. If you know a little bit about a lot of things, list them all.
- Now think about the jobs that are associated with them. What occupations require your talents?Search the Internet. Try terms in such as job skills, career skills, skills assessment, and whatever else comes to mind.
- Narrow the list to a few possible careers — no more than three or four. Keep changing your list until you feel confident that you’d love a job in those fields and that you would do it well. Then narrow your choices to one career and focus completely on that one.
- Learn all you can about your chosen new career.You can start by searching on the Internet.
Visit your local library. Reference librarians are terrific at helping you find information.
Check with your local government employment office to learn about job possibilities in your new career. Ask about training programs, too.
Interview people in your chosen career. Remember, you’re not asking for a job, you are learning about the career itself. What do successful people like about it? What skills are most important? What is it really like?
If there is a union, ask the local office for information.
- Changing your mind? That’s fine, just go back to step 3 or 4 and start over. It will be worth the time in the long run. When you are sure about the career path you want, move on to the next step.
- Keep your old job if possible.Strange but true: you are more likely to be hired if you are already employed. Think about taking a lower-level job in your new field to learn what you need to advance.
- Do you need more training?Check out vocational schools and colleges in your area. Learn about specific training and what job placement services they offer. Ask about classes you can take while still employed. Night and weekend programs are often available.
- Join a union or professional organization. There are organizations for people in just about any career. One more Internet search can lead you to local or national groups.
- When you have the skills and training you need, polish your resume and start your job search in a new career field.
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