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Do's and Don'ts for Making a Career Change

Finding the next step in your career journey can be stressful and overwhelming.  However, with the right attitude, it can be an amazing opportunity to realize your potential.  Here are some do's and don'ts to guide you as you figure out what's next: 

Do consult your network.  The people around you can be an amazing resource when you're trying to determine what's out there.  Don't try to do it alone.  Let the people in your network know that you are making a career change and be open to their suggestions. 

Do consider your interests.  It is important that you find a job that you enjoy doing.  You don't want to be in the same position a year or two down the road.  A good place to start is with the things that you do in your spare time.  What would you do if you didn't have to worry about money?  

Do start small.  If possible, start your career change with volunteer work or a part time job.  This will allow you to try out your new career without making a full commitment.  It's also easier to make the transition when you are starting with small steps. 

Don't rush into it.  The best way to make a career change is to have a plan and to take it one step at a time.  It is a good idea to have a small task to do each day that will bring you closer to your goal. 

Don't make an emotional decision.  Don't decide on a career change because you are mad at your boss or because you suddenly got a great idea of something that you would love to do.  Any career decisions should be based on careful research.  .

The key with any career change is to try to stay positive.  There are opportunities out there; you just need to keep your eyes open and be ready to seize them. 

(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of jscreationzs at