Think about yourself
Whatever the reason for your discontentment, it is important to not jump into anything new until you take the time to get to know yourself. What are you good at? What type of work environment fits best with your personality. It may benefit you to take a career personality quiz to help you answer these questions.
Sarah Martin, owner of Star Thrower Virtual Services, used the Myers & Briggs personality test when she was feeling unfulfilled with her job as an engineer. She used her test results to develop a company that gave her the creative outlet she needed to reach her full career potential.
Lean on your support system
Your decision to make a change will probably have an impact on others besides you. If you have a family to support, it is important to involve your spouse or other stakeholders in your decision process. Even if you are single, you need to think about how your decision might affect you down the road.
It boils down to being honest with the people in your life about what led you to the decision to switch careers, and giving them a say in your decision. Include your loved ones in your decision-making process so they have a better idea of your motivation. Finally, allow your loved ones to support you when you feel discouraged. They are a good resource when you need a reminder of the reasons you embarked on a career change in the first place.
Check your budget
Don’t be afraid to go back to the drawing board
For some, a career change may still take place within one’s realm of expertise, but often new skills and knowledge will be required to make the change successful.
Be ready to face challenges
Volunteer your time
Volunteering will help you learn about yourself and translate learned skills to future positions. And of course, volunteering makes us feel good (and looks great on a resume).
Set goals and keep to a schedule
The most successful people, from Bill Gates to Elon Musk, try their best to know where they are going and how to get there.