5 THINGS I HAVE LEARNED ABOUT SWITCHING CAREER

The day I decided to take the plunge, things didn't go the way I expected! If you are like me, from the moment the thought materializes in your mind, things don't always go as fast as you would like. 

refer to Danaan Parry's Warriors of the heart "The Flying Trapese"

  1. Repurpose your skills. I know what you are thinking: I don't have the skills to do the job of my dreams. The good news is that you most likely can use some of the skills that you have already learned in your current career and apply them to the new one. Organizational skills, computer skills, and team building skills, those are all common learnings that you can offer to the new employer or use in your new entrepreneurial adventure.
  2. It's never too late. Don't get fooled by your age. I know people who jumpstarted their new career later in life, and they are now happy and successful in what they do. If age is all mental, it's really up to you to make sure you have the energies to make the jump. Remember that being healthy is important as this task will require all your attention and effort, most times in parallel to your already tiring daily routine.
  3. Study your destination. It's important to know where you are going. What do you need to get prepared, do you need to enroll in a school or a quick certification is enough? Is my new career in demand, or is it still a very small niche to be discovered by the masses? How much money will I need, do I need to borrow some or do I have enough savings to pay it off in one installment? Will my daily routine change and what are important factors to consider? Will I have to move location?
  4. Prepare. When you jump off a plane, you want to be prepared. You want to make sure that the plane is traveling in the right direction, that the weather is optimal, and that you are prepared with enough training as well as wearing the proper clothes,  protective glasses, and the parachute! The same happens when you change career. Preparing for it in advance makes you ready.
  5. Jump! Mark the day you want to  make the transition on your calendar. 
  6. Keep jumping. Practice makes it perfect.