A successful career change doesn't just happen. It's a process. A
methodical process that takes energy, devotion, and time. And the
best way to start this process? Ask four simple, yet powerful,
questions. Actively asking these questions and discovering the
answers requires insight, reality-based information, and action,
all of which will lead you to unimaginable results.
Question 1: What does your world need today and in
Generally, you will base your answer on needs that you already had,
either ones you've already satisfied or ones you have yet to
fulfill. Societal trends also can create a need.
Question 2: Do I have the necessary skills to meet
these needs or could I acquire them?
This requires that you understand your skills. However, it's
amazing what skills you can acquire if you are strongly motivated
and have the basic underlying aptitude and instinct.
Question 3: Would I value doing that?
Would meeting this need provide meaning for you? Does it fit your
image of yourself? This is a basic, fundamental question you should
ask when changing careers. If the connection with the need doesn't
excite you, it's likely that you are going in the wrong direction,
regardless of the need and your skills.
Question 4: Can I make a living meeting this need?
Practical realities dictate that we pay attention to our financial
needs. When considering a career change, ask these questions in
this order. If the answers are strong, you often can find a way to
make a living at it.
In essence, the career-change process is discovering what you want
based on your heart and your head. You are discovering, naming, and
matching your needs and skills with opportunities. When entering
the career-change process, you will examine yourself and emerge
with new depths of motivation, a sharper sense of career direction,
and a more vital awareness of how you want to live on the job.
Growth is personalized and vital. It is the heart of any change and
learning. You will notice a change in your perception, attitude,
understanding, knowledge, experience, and skills.