Practical Career Transition: Moving into Your Dream Job
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Practical Career Transition: Moving into Your Dream Job

Let’s face it. Your career path may not always go as expected. While everyone may have a dream job, only a handful of individuals are actually working in theirs. This leaves many looking to transition to a job that leaves them feeling more fulfilled, challenged, and ultimately, happier.

Research and assess your goals. If your dream job is a far cry from the position you’re currently in, it’s necessary to do extensive research before making the plunge or getting too far ahead of yourself. Learn everything you can about the industry, including companies, latest news and trends. Once you’ve truly immersed yourself in the field, you can begin to strategize and plan your career goals. Spend a small portion of every day researching and planning for your dream job.

Don’t quit your “day job”. While it may seem tempting, quitting the position you currently hold could be more trouble than it’s worth. There is no way to know how long it will take for you to secure your new position — and the potential of leaving an eerie gap on your resume is a bit too risky. If your current job is unbearable, then secure another relevant position until you’ve nailed down your dream job. These things take time, money, and careful preparation.

Test the waters safely. People tend to always have a “grass is greener” mentality. This just means that you might be envious of something you don’t have, but once you do have it, it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. Remember that you don’t want to quit your job and go full force into something else only to realize that you’re even unhappier in the new situation. Do what you can to research and participate in your new plans to make sure that it’s the right path for you.

Save money. Transitioning into a new position can be quite costly, especially if your new position pays less. Many people don’t have the luxury of choosing the job they love if it means receiving a pay cut. Even if your dream job pays well, it’s still necessary to create a monetary budget that allows room for a lot of saving. If your dream job happens to be a business that you will start and run yourself, a financial cushion is the most important thing to have.

Invest in yourself. Just because you aren’t currently working in your dream job, doesn’t mean that you can’t attempt to be an expert. Find classes, webinars, or networking events where you can work on your professional development. A lot of opportunities are offered free or at low cost either on the web or through local community centers. Not only will you be learning valuable information for the job you’re seeking, but you will also be able to meet with thought leaders in your dream industry.

Before looking for work in a new industry, it’s important to know your existing skills, match those skills to your dream job, and seek the advice of experienced contacts within your network. If you do these things, you could soon reap the benefits of a rewarding new career.

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