Make a Career Change Your New Year's Resolution

Are you Ready for a Career Change?

Are you feeling tired? Is your job causing excessive stress? Has the job outlook in your career field worsened? If your career has begun to bore you or your personal circumstances have changed, it may indeed be time to think about making that career change.

If you’ve decided that a career change is in the works for you, the next step is to make it happen. Here’s a step-by-step way to get that started:

  • Get introspective. Take a look at yourself and figure out your likes and dislikes. Ask yourself a series of critical questions: What do you enjoy doing? What is your passion? What are the things you value most in a career, and what are your talents and personality traits? Knowing yourself and what you’re seeking will help guide your search.
  • Identify your possible careers. Spend time researching potential professional fields. Don’t just stop at online research — get in touch with the people in the field you’re considering and get the real inside track. Networking and finding mentors who can guide you on your way can be invaluable here.
  • Make a list of your transferable skills. The things you learned in your previous career may be very applicable to your new line of work. Identify the talents that can help you in your future profession.
  • Identify your new career and set the goals to get you there. By this point you should know what you want to do — this is the time to figure out how you’re going to achieve that goal. Online education programs and online degrees can be very helpful when it comes to getting the career training you need to get a great job in your new field.
  • Get career training. Enrolling in a degree education program or further career training classes will give you that leg up you’ll need in your new profession. An online degree can help you start the New Year — and your new career — on the right note.

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