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Kane, MBA, MEd and Yvonne Bell, PhD Adjunct
Instructors, Kaplan University, School of Health Sciences
careers can be both an exciting and fearful experience. The positive benefits
to changing one’s career is that it opens up the possibilities of new
opportunities, broadens one’s horizon, and gives a career changer another job
to add to their resume.
People change careers for a number of reasons. These might
include lack of job satisfaction, the result of new interests and passion, the
result of burnout, or perhaps even due to some forced change such as technology
or jobs being outsourced overseas. You might be looking for new opportunities
as a result of relocation or for more money which may result in job hopping.
Whatever the reason, changing careers is challenging and requires skills in
marketing one’s self, selling one’s abilities, and navigating this journey.
career transition can be scary, upsetting, and even frustrating at times. Know
that you do have resources and that you must utilize those resources to be
1: Decide on a Destination
Ask yourself the following
questions and research your area of interest. This can help you know that you
are well on your way to making the right move for yourself.
2: Set Smart Goals
a realistic set of goals and a clear timeline. This is mission critical!
3: What Are You Qualified to Do?
Take a self-inventory of your current skillset and consider:
It is important to gain
the skills necessary to do the job that you are applying for. You may gain the
skills alone from your academic education but if not you can find other avenues
to become qualified for the career you seek.
5: Find a Mentor
A mentor can be valuable
during a career change. Consider working with career services at the school,
networking with your instructors and classmates, and get out in the community
to build relationships with those that can help you.
6: Think Outside of the Box
Build flexibility into
your plan and explore other opportunities you may not think of at first. For
7: Customize Your Deliverable
Finally, take the time to
really rework your resume to show how your past experience bridges the gap to
the new position. Tailor your resume to reflect your skills to match the
career you seek. You can also:
As the popular saying
goes, “nothing worth it is easy.” Please keep that in mind as you seek your new
career. Stay motivated and build goals that keep you motivated. Do not give up
on your dreams and goals.
You may run into stumbling blocks but use it as a
learning tool to help push you towards your goal. Learn as much as you can
about the career you seek, get yourself qualified for that particular career,
market yourself for it, apply for the job with confidence, and if you do not
get the job this time don’t give up. Try again and believe that success is
waiting for you. You are a winner. Best wishes to you on your future career
Todd Kane, MBA, MEd and Yvonne Bell, PhD
are adjunct instructors in the School of Health Sciences. The views expressed in this
article are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan
Career Change…Not For the Weary, Certainly For the Driven and Passionate
Looking for a New Career? Try Starting with a Self-Audit to Document Your Experience
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