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Your Step-by-Step Guide to Successfully Build a New Career Path

Updated: Jan 25

Tired of asking yourself ‘What’s next’ every few years in a new job? Prepare in advance for a major career change to make it less daunting.

Personal Empowerment Life Coach Smita D Jain describing the steps to a successful career change


Why do People Change their Career Paths?

How to make a successful career change: The Six-Step Approach

Step I: Evaluate and Think through your choices

Step II: Get all the money you can from your current job before sending that resignation on mail

Step III: Financially Prepare to Quit Your Job

Step IV: Start to Outline Your New Career Path

Step V: Utilise your notice period well for your career transition

Step VI: Put a Structure to Your Day

Will a Career Change Make Me Happy? What Career Will Make Me Happy?

Are you not happy with your current job? Did you not like your last one, either? Are you tired of asking yourself, ‘What’s next’ every few years?

If you are currently considering a change of career path, you are not alone. 95% of employees are considering a job change, according to a recent survey by career site Monster. Experts call this mass exodus the Great Resignation, directly linked to the COVID-19 pandemic. After working remotely for two years, many of us are looking for greater flexibility.

Why do People Change their Career Paths?

A change of career path is a personal decision with many factors involved. As per Joblist’s Midlife Career Crisis survey report, the top five reasons for people to change careers are:

  • Better Pay: 47%

  • Too Stressful: 39%

  • Better Work-Life Balance: 37%

  • Wanted a New Challenge: 25%

  • No Longer Passionate About Field: 23%

There is nothing fun about doing a job you hate or slowly realising that your career leaves you numb and bored. People, including celebrities, are no longer willing to pay the high costs of being unhappy at work. Further, studies have found a strong correlation between dissatisfaction at work and unintended weight gain, greater risk of illness, depression, anxiety and sleep loss. Whether it is quiet quitting at work or resignation, being unhappy in your career also affects your personal life, confidence, and self-worth.

Whether it is due to burnout, a desire for more flexibility or higher compensation, or the pursuit of your passions, saying “I quit” does have long-term implications, both financial and otherwise.

Before sending that resignation on mail, you need to prepare for the career change. It is important for you to take the time to evaluate your present situation, explore career options, decide if your career needs making over, and choose a job that will be more satisfying for you when you have your full-time day job before taking that leap.

How to make a successful career change: The Six-Step Approach

I was one of those going for a career change more than a year ago. It has been a period of highs and lows, along with one of tremendous learning and growth. Read the post on the personal learnings from my career pivot here.

As a Personal Empowerment Life Coach, I have also enabled many clients and prepared them for a career change during this period. The ensuing six steps approach encompassing a twenty-eight point action plan is a culmination of my personal and professional experiences. Consider this as the ultimate guide for a successful career change.

The Six-Step Approach to a Successful Career Transition

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