Are you thinking about a new career for the new year? From how to know if you’re ready to making a successful move, here are a few tips on switching careers in 2024.
How Can You Switch Careers in 2024?
Is It Time to Go?
Maybe you’re still on the fence, unsure if you should really leave your current job. Signs that it’s time to move on include:
- Burnout. If you’re mentally and physically exhausted all the time, and there’s no medical or personal reason behind it, you may simply be burned out at in your current role.
- Dreading work. Do you get a sinking feeling in your chest as the weekend comes to a close? Do you open your eyes in the morning wondering how you’ll get through the day? It may be time to change jobs.
- Lack of passion. Maybe you’re not exactly burned out, and you don’t really dread going to work. But you just feel sort of apathetic, even though it’s work you used to love. This can be a somewhat subtler sign that it’s time for a change.
How to Make a Successful Career Switch
Naturally, you’ll want to do such common things as updating your resume and portfolio pages. But there are some other steps you can take to boost your chances of a successful switch:
- Decide why you want to change careers
- Figure out your dream job and use it as your guiding light
- Do some side projects to gain experience in your chosen career
- Talk to your network
- Take your time rather than rushing into a role that might not be right for you
Many people worry that switching careers means starting over again from the bottom. But that’s not entirely true. Yes, your job title may be less glamorous than it was in your old career. And yes, you might make less money initially. But everything you’ve ever learned, and every bit of experience you currently have, will translate in some way to your new position.
You can also use this fact in your negotiations when you receive an offer. Don’t feel obligated to accept the first salary offer just because you’re “new” to the field. Focus on your strengths and your transferable skills, and you will be in a position to negotiate a fair salary and benefits package.