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4 TIPS FOR CHANGING CAREERS


A career change can be daunting. These ideas can help you manage the transition.

When you consider a career change, what's standing in your way?

Think you're too old? Are you over- or underqualified to make a switch? Or, is it easier to simply stick with what you know?

Those thoughts aren't uncommon. It's one thing to change jobs – the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average American will do just that 10 to 15 times over the course of his or her working lifetime. But it's quite another to jump into an entirely new career. You'll have to master new skills. Prepare for inevitable setbacks. And maybe even take a pay cut.

Still, the rewards can be worth the risk. If you're thinking of making a move, keep these four strategies in mind.

1. Consider Your Unique Gifts

Many of us tend to view ourselves as ordinary. But the truth is that we all have unique skills and experience. Maybe you have always been curious about a certain hobby or wanted to take a class in a seemingly random subject. So, what are your God-given talents? Once you take stock, you may find those gifts and interests could emerge as new job and career opportunities.

2. Do Your Homework

The next step: Dig up information about your dream career. Searching the Internet can be a great place to start, but that's not always enough. You have other options – like meeting with a career counselor or checking out relevant trade publications and conferences. But to ensure you get the full picture, talk to someone who works in the area you're exploring. Find out what they like – and dislike – about it. How did they get started? What would they have done differently along their career path? If you're targeting a specific company, talk to its employees about the workplace culture.

If you need to take classes before you can change careers – especially for a new skill or certification – get started. Even taking one class at a time will help you make progress. And it might reveal whether the new line of work is or isn't for you.
 

3. Make a List

Yes, it may sound a bit basic, but listing out pros and cons can be an insightful exercise. It's easy to get caught up in the allure of a fresh start. A simple list can help keep you grounded. And be sure to account for the financial implications of a career change – including expenses that factor into your commute, parking and education. What sort of health insurance and retirement account options does the employer offer? How about other benefits such as vacation time, holiday pay and flexibility to work from home?
 

4. Craft Your Action Plan

Once you've put in the thought and preparation, list out the tangible actions you need to take. It can help to set specific goals.

At this point, the gravity of your situation might set in. Change can be liberating and uncomfortable at the same time. That's why it often helps to break your transition down into smaller steps.
 

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Finances can be a linchpin element of a career change. A Thrivent Financial professional can help you understand your options and adjust your plans as needed.

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