Career Change by Adapting to Plan

I am passionate about helping people find the work that they love doing and which feels like play. When you hit mid-life, and even later after retirement, you may feel a desire to do something more meaningful.  Whatever your age, a new career provides the perfect opportunity for you to bring some passion into what you do.

Positioning yourself

In my earlier blogs, I mentioned that people making a career change should behave like entrepreneurs and as such have to constantly adapt to the market and be intelligently flexible while maintaining their competitive advantage. Positioning yourself is even more relevant in a recession where the market is not static or predictable. One thing you can be sure of is change and lack of certainty.

Furthermore, it is not simple to decide what you are passionate about and even when you do, this will change over time. Identifying your passion does not mean you will find work in your field as there need to be customers out there who are willing to pay you for your work or products. So although it is important to follow your dreams and find your vocation, it is as vital that you follow the market at the same time, ensuring that you are flexible in your approach.

Successful professionals stay aligned to their vision and values and yet are adaptable and persistent towards developing their competitive advantage.  This means making disciplined rather than unplanned choices about your career change.

 

 

Career plans based on your aspirations should leverage your assets in the context of the market. As these three elements are in constant flux, you will need to take educated guesses about each area. If your initial plan does not succeed, change tack to your second back-up plan that you developed at the same time as the main plan. 

Foundation of Lifelong Learning

During your career change, it is crucial that you invest in yourself and make lifelong learning a habit.  Having a foundation of knowledge and skills sets you up for a more meaningful life. Update your skills in the areas you are weak in the career niche of your choice.  Entrepreneurs learn where they need to get practical knowledge by trial or error.

One way you can learn by doing is by offering your time on a voluntary basis in a company you would like to work for. Not only would you position yourself, you also get the opportunity to impress while learning valuable skills by doing the work.

In the stages of changing your career, make sure you take small steps that allow you to retrench or fall back if you make mistakes.  Always ensure you have a safety net of income to rely on should your plan not succeed as you would not want to find your home repossessed or worse financial troubles to occur while you are finding your next career.

Finally, always ensure that you maintain your own professional identity, distinct from your employer or profession.  Your own personal brand will be with you throughout various careers and will reflect your journey. Start your own personal blog and remember that ‘you’ own you.

 

If you would like help with developing your career plan, go to my Services Page:

http://careerchangeat40.com/services

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