Switching careers at any stage of life can be daunting. While there are many exciting opportunities out there, there’s a lot on the line when it comes to your investment, time, and personal and professional risk.
To make the smart move, it’s important to reflect on your own experience – not what you’ve done in the past, but what you want to do in the future. These steps can help you apply this experience in considering a new career and shed light on your next pathway.
Identify what matters to you. There are many reasons people seek a career change. Many times they are bored at their current jobs, or are just going through the motions as part of their daily routines. They may feel like nothing ever changes and every day of their future will look pretty much the same. Ultimately, most people considering a career change are looking for a profession that’s more fulfilling – something that’s rewarding and that gives them an opportunity to make a difference. What are you looking for? What’s missing from your current profession and what do you hope to gain in your new one?
Try the service. Many people are looking for careers in which they can help other people in ways they know are helpful. For example, people launching careers in acupuncture, oriental medicine, or message therapy often have undergone these types of procedures themselves. Some schools in these fields will even offer free treatments to anyone considering the school or career. This is where experience – your experience – is essential in helping you determine where you want to be.
Zero in on obstacles. Despite the excitement and opportunity of switching careers, there are challenges that may hold people back. Many new careers require additional training, and people hesitate at the thought of going “back to school.” Many people have families and children with demands and schedules that can make it difficult to seek out and follow through with a new career.
In considering this, think about what may be holding you back, and how a particular school or program can help you overcome these challenges. Many colleges, including the Acupuncture and Massage College, offer flexible schedules and evening classes to give people options and flexibility. If you have other challenges, talk with school admissions counselors about solutions. A quality college will offer programs, schedules, and guidance on how to juggle work and school and get going on a new career.
Often in life, finding the ideal work situation requires experience. And for a career switch, it requires your experience. Take the opportunity to identify what’s important to you, get an up close look at the profession, and explore the many ways your vision can become a reality. For more information about the flexible careers available through the Acupuncture and Massage College in Miami, Florida, contact us.