It’s very easy to get stuck in a job these days. Life is expensive, especially in big cities, so once you have a good income, the temptation is to cling on for dear life and never let go. But what if you’re not doing what you want to be doing with your life? We’re not saying you should go back to whatever 8-year-old you wanted to do as a job, because we can’t all be underwater treasure hunters. But if you’re unhappy where you currently are, it’s definitely worth taking steps towards changing career.
What do you want to do?
This is a big question, but once you’ve got the answer, you can start figuring out how to get there. If you’re a banker now, but you secretly want to run your own business, what specifically would your business be? Would it be a product for which you’d need to find a manufacturer? If so, start looking. Fancy getting into marketing? Find out what you’d need to have. If it’s social media experience, get on Twitter. Once you break your dream down far enough you might find that changing career looks more and more achievable. Eventually it just becomes a case of ticking off one thing after the other. Investigate training, funding, registering as self-employed – whatever it takes.
What kind of company do you want to work for?
If you’re serious about changing career it’ll help you later on if you start your research now. Aiming to become a freelancer? Learn exactly how to target your service to your demographic. If you’re aiming to work for a certain kind of company or one of a certain size, it’s worth knowing what kind of salary you could be making or specifically what kind of qualifications you might be expected to have.
What do you need?
Depending on what type of business you’re looking to start you might be expected to register with a regulator, or you might need to have certain certifications in place (hello, health and safety). Make a list and start doing the work to get those sorted. If you’re not taking the self-employed route but you know your dream company looks for something specific, learn that thing. If you can make yourself look perfect on paper you stand a much better chance of being able to show them just how perfect you are in real life.
What needs to change in your personal life?
What kind of money will you be making after changing career? If you have to take a pay cut, are you in a position where you could afford to do that? Will you be working more, or from home, or having to travel? Would it be worth moving house, or cutting down on other expenditures? Or, maybe you’ll be raking for relatively little work in your new venture, in which case we congratulate you and would like to know exactly what it is you do and how we can get involved.
Do you have a ‘Get Fucked’ Fund?
If you’re desperately unhappy in your current job and it’s going to take a while to get where you really want to be, don’t be put off. Make a list of what you need to do, and work at it. At the very least, you’ll be able to tell yourself you’re on the way to making a positive change. In the meantime, if it’s all getting too much, it’s worth putting together what’s commonly called a ‘get fucked fund’. Basically, have enough money saved that if you woke up one day and just couldn’t take it any more, you could get out. You’d be able to tell your boss to- well, the name had to come from somewhere, right?
What we’re trying to say with all of this is that if you’re looking to make a change, it’s never too late. If you want some more specific advice, keep an eye on HowNow for experts who can help you make a change.