Change is good, right? This is true for all factors of your life; including your career
According to a report on Career Advice Online, the average person will switch careers five to seven times throughout their time in employment. This can be for several reasons: a new sense of passion, desire for a challenge, change of values, etc. Regardless of the reason, a career change is an exciting new step.
Even mixed with excitement, the stress of going a new direction can take a toll on you…if you allow it. Making a transition into a new career may not be the easiest task, but you can help relieve that stress by being prepared. Here are some tips for making a stress-free career change:
Utilize Job Search Engines
A job search engine is a great place to find job postings and listings for any specific role you’re looking for. You only need to type in a few keywords, and voila: there will be endless options for applications. More importantly, job search engines will curate listings according to whichever industry you’re specifically interested in.
Employment Hub is a great place to start your job search. Employment Hub is a job search engine that provides free postings and recruiting services; these job listings cover a wide range of industries from accounting to engineering to the medical field. Job searching can be frustrating sometimes. However, it can also be exciting when you’re presented with an impressive list of postings. Use Employment Hub to start your job search into your new career.
Reach Out for Mentorship
When it comes to entering a new field, you’re never too established to not need any help. Getting advice and direction from seasoned workers in the field will help your transition drastically. While you’re doing research on your new industry, check in with your network to see if they can connect you with professionals in the field. There are a couple of ways to gain some mentorship:
- Reach out to any alumni from your college. Ask for guidance on what groups, organizations, and communities that you can turn to for assistance.
- Use social media platforms such as LinkedIn to find connections within your network. This is a good way to introduce yourself to professionals in the industry.
- Look for volunteering opportunities that are related to the new field. As a volunteer, you’ll not only learn more about the industry, but you can gain some experience that can later lead to job shadowing.
Do you remember the guidance counselors you had back in high school? They really provided some essential guidance: what classes to take, what colleges to apply to, how to best utilize your skills, how to achieve your goals, etc. Well, here’s some great news: counseling doesn’t end in high school.
- Career counseling is helpful for adults who are trying to choose, change, or leave a career. Career counselors (often a therapist or life coach) offer assistance in several ways:
- Help determine what career would be best for you based on your skillset, experience, and personal passion.
- Act as emotional support when responding to the anxiety, stress, and depression that may be an effect of your career.
- Provide helpful information regarding a new career such as potential pay and benefits, required education and experience, what to expect in the work environment, and additional information.
Career counselors are not only meant to ensure that you’re on the right track; they also give you peace of mind. Maintaining good mental health while job hunting is essential! Just because the process may be stressful doesn’t mean you have to feel that burden. Give yourself grace, and lean on the support of career counseling.