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How can I change careers as an established adult?

Written by Ashworth College on Wednesday, 15 November 2017. Posted in Career, Why Ashworth

How can I change careers as an established adult?

Does your career still excite you as much as it did on day one? Do you feel motivated by your superiors, co-workers and the projects you contribute to? Are you looking forward to your next day on the job?

If you answered "no" to any of these questions, you might already be thinking about how to change careers. The good news is that it is possible to successfully change your career even if you're already established in your current path. As you might imagine, it can be challenging, but changing careers can also be inspiring, refreshing and make you much happier overall.

Keep reading to discover how you can change careers regardless of where you are in your current role, industry or stage of life.

Where are you now?

Knowing you are not happy with your current position is the first step to making a career change, but it's helpful to identify why you're unhappy in order to move forward. Most people fall into one of these three categories:

  1. You enjoy your job responsibilities, department and role, but you want to switch industries.
  2. You enjoy your current industry, but you want to contribute in a different capacity. Maybe you want new responsibilities, a promotion or you'd like to switch companies within the same industry.
  3. You do not feel fulfilled by your current role, industry or company and you want something completely new.

As you can see, a career change has three areas of focus: industry, role or both. Home in on what exactly you would like to change and why by writing down your "must-haves" and your "definitely-nots."

Drawing hard lines on what you do or do not want in your new career will narrow your search and make each step forward easier. Here are some make-or-break aspects of a career to consider:

  • Opportunities for growth
  • Time and location requirements
  • Impact on your personal and family life
  • Industry or company culture
  • Earning potential
  • Level of fulfillment
  • Alignment with your goals, desires or potential

If the three categories above don't describe you, take this quick quiz to see if a role refresh is what you're looking for instead of a full career change.

Where do you want to be?

Now that you've defined what you don't want, turn your attention to what you do want. If you already have your dream career picked out, that's great. If you're struggling to focus your efforts, here are some valuable steps you can take:

  • Access career services from an educational institution or career-specific provider.
  • Shadow or interview people who hold similar jobs to what you'd like to pursue.
  • Research potential careers along with the aspects of the job that are most important to you.
  • Take work-related tests online that evaluate your aptitude, interests and current skills.

A lot of people think they know what they want to do, until they do it. That's why it's important to get as much information as possible before you start toward a career change, so you know where you are going and how to get there.

What do you need to get "there"?

For many adults, it is necessary to go back to college, go to college for the first time or add new skills to their resume to become a competitive candidate for the new career they want. In today's rapidly expanding industries, with technological advances and high level of competition, returning to college or earning a career-specific certification is one of the smartest investments you can make for your future. Education might be the only thing standing between you and the career you know you want.

Sure, college classes may sound overwhelming, but with the right college you might be surprised at how easy it can be to up your skills. Online colleges, like Ashworth College, provide online diploma, degree, certificate and career training programs designed to fit your schedule, not the other way around. This modern method of learning gives you the freedom you need to pursue your education on your time and in your chosen environment.

Regardless of where you've been and where you are now, you can still change your career. Get started today with the exercises above and investigate what would be required of you to land your dream career. If you need to refresh your resume, join millions of other adults by accessing an online college that will help you balance your future pursuits with your current responsibilities. You may find yourself in that dream career a lot faster than you thought possible.

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