How To Make A Career Change If You Are Burned Out In Your Current Job

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How To Make A Career Change If You Are Burned Out In Your Current Job

Are you tired of your career?

Do you need a career change but don’t know how to make one? This guide will teach you how to make the career change that is right for you. It includes steps on how to research and find out what type of career would suit your needs, then gives detailed instructions on how to get started in that career. You can also use this guide if your current job isn’t providing stability, income, or satisfaction.

What Is A Career Change And How Do You Make A Career Change? 

A career change is a process in which a person leaves an old career in order to become involved in a new career that they find more fulfilling or that may provide better stability, more income, and satisfaction.

The most popular way to make career changes is by becoming qualified for a new career through formal education or training programs. There are also many people who make career changes by freelancing for short periods of time—sometimes even quitting their day job.

What Are Signs You Should Change Careers?

There are many signs that you should change careers. Being in career transition is very common for people, but there are some indicators that it may be time to make a career shift. The following are some of the most common signs that you may want to change careers:

  • You’re bored with your current career.
  • The career field you are currently in is no longer relevant or in-demand.
  • Your employer is becoming too demanding.
  • It’s taking longer than expected to advance in your career.
  • The compensation or benefits package at your current job isn’t what it used to be.
  • You find yourself daydreaming about a different career path and often speak of it at work with others who can

There are many reasons why an individual may make a career change, including financial issues, career dissatisfaction, lack of career growth opportunities, and the desire to learn a new trade. If you experience any of these thoughts, then it may be time to start considering a career change.

How To Figure Out What New Career To Choose

If you’re ready to move on from your current job, here are five pro tips for helping you figure out what your next career path should be.

  • Consider the career’s salary, location, and work schedule. What you like to do and whether or not it pays well should also be taken into account. Location and work schedule can also affect your decision on a career. For instance, if you plan to settle down in the future, then consider what careers will allow you to work within a certain area or near your home.
  • Find a career that suits your skillset and interests. Do you have a knack for working with people? Perhaps sales would be the career for you. Are you well organized and detail-oriented? Consider applying for an administrative assistant role. If you are unsure of an alternative career path, consider using the Princeton Review’s Career Quiz to get suggestions on a new career.
  • Determine how much education or training you’ll need to pursue this career path. The more education/training the longer it will take to transition into a new career. If you are certain that you want to put in the time that is needed to enter this new career, then by all means pursue that opportunity. If you are looking to quickly transition into a new career consider looking at sites like Coursera, Udemy, or Edu to find a training you can complete in a matter of months. I personally completed a Google Data Analytics Certificate on Coursera that allowed me to transition from a case manager to earning more income. Use the sites mentioned to see if there is a short training that you can complete to change careers.
  • Research different paths within the career so you can choose one that best fits your goals. Keep in mind when looking at a career path whether it is rising, falling, or staying the same. If there are many people applying for a position then becomes harder to grow. You want to be in a career where the demand for your position is high and you can advance quickly in your position.
  • Talk to people who are already in a career to see if it’s right for you before making any decisions. Asking others how their career path is going can be a good way to hear from someone who’s already in the position you are interested in. Perhaps they have some insight on benefits or challenges that you won’t find online or through a college course. As my coworker often states, “look before you leap” to ensure you are making the best decision.

If you follow these 5 steps when choosing a career, you will greatly increase your chances of finding a fulfilling and exciting career that pays well.

How To Find Jobs When Making A Career Change?

You may use the following ideas to help you look for work in a new sector that interests you.

  • Staffing Agencies can not only connect you to new career opportunities, but they can educate you on the demands of specific occupations. Most staffing agencies are general staffing agencies, however, there are offices that focus on specific industries. This might include administrative staffing agencies, IT staffing agencies, or oil and gas staffing agencies. If you know the industry that you want to work in seek out those specific staffing agencies.
  • Indeed is one of the largest job search websites on the internet. This is another place that you can use to find jobs related to your new career.
  • Facebook groups allow you to talk to other people who are either in the industry or trying to break through like you are. The next time you are on Facebook search for a group that is related to industrial work, marketing, healthcare, or any other industry you are wanting to transition to.
  • Talk to friends and family in the industry. If you know someone who works in the industry that you are interested in then ask them if they know of any companies that have open positions or ask them to put in a good word for you.
  • Watch Youtube Videos. No matter what new career you want to transition into, there is a Youtube video out there to explain more about the profession. Watch those Youtube videos to get a better feel of the demands of the industry to see if this will be a good fit for you.

Applying For A Job In A New Industry

If you are changing industries you may not be the most qualified candidate, but don’t let this stop you from applying.

When going through the list of requirements, keep in mind that you do not have to check off every box in the job description. That “list of requirements” is merely a wish list. Most people applying for the job cannot check off every requirement on that job description. Also, anyone who can check off every requirement probably isn’t applying for this job because they have a better position. Don’t be intimidated if there are requirements that you cannot perform, apply anyway!

Another tip when applying is to research the information that you find in the job description. You can use this information to impress your hiring manager and show that you are capable of working in a different field and serious about your transition.

The last piece of advice is related to your actual resume. When applying for a job in a different industry, be sure to edit your resume. If you have a healthcare resume but submit it with no edits to an oil and gas company, they will most likely toss it. You will need to edit your resume to show how your skills in healthcare can transfer to an oil and gas job. Be sure to mention in your “summary” or “objective” section at the top of your resume that you are transitioning from one industry to a new one.

Interviewing For A Job In A New Industry

When interviewing for a new job, make sure to do plenty of research on the company and the industry you will be working in.

Prepare a list of questions that you would like to ask your potential employer. It is important to take into account cultural differences when preparing for an interview, as people from other cultures may have different expectations from an interviewee. If the new industry requires you to wear a suit and tie, show up to the interview dressed this way.

One of the best messages that you can convey when interviewing for a job in a new industry is that you want to fit into their culture and want to adapt to their office environment.

You’ll have a great chance of impressing the hiring manager if you can convince them that you won’t cause any problems for their office culture. Be a chameleon and fit in.


The career change process can be overwhelming. When you’ve worked in a certain industry for years you sometimes wonder how you would fare in a new environment.

The truth is, you can be trained to do most jobs fairly quickly, so the learning curve won’t be as difficult as you think. Also, with the epidemic’s disruption of nearly every sector, businesses are more willing to consider individuals from other sectors.

Now is the time to jump into a new career if you are feeling stuck, not paid as well as you’d like, or just want a change!

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