Transitioning means moving from one area to another or evolving from one state to another. In career planning, a transition can happen because you earned a promotion or left one career path and now seek another.
People leave a job or career path for many reasons: a dysfunctional culture, a downturn in the economy leading to layoffs, or the desire to explore options that seemed out of reach previously.
First, ask yourself if it’s time to make a change:
What will make you WANT to get up and go to work? What do you want to get out of work besides a paycheck?
What interests would you like to include in that next job?
And what new skills will you need to learn or current skills will you need to sharpen to make this transition?
Next, think about how to explore that dream job without making a drastic change. Are there ways to learn about the new area without resigning from your current position? You can try out a couple of the options below!
Find an opportunity to volunteer to see firsthand what that dream position you’ve always wanted is like. Nonprofit organizations come in all shapes and sizes, and with a little effort, you can find a volunteer position that fits.
Moonlighting might also be an option for you. Part-time or contract gigs in the area that interests you will let you gain experience and a little extra money. Make sure you clear everything with your main job first!
And for those who are even more adventurous, consider a co-working retreat either in the US or abroad. Co-working opportunities allow you to combine travel, exploration of new cultures and locations, and the chance to gain unique work experience. Find a reputable firm to help you arrange a co-working retreat!
Whatever avenue you choose, know that it is never too late or too early to explore your dream job and start the next phase of your career!
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