Tips on how to make a career move
Posted on November 28, 2016
Tired of your job? Want to put those creative ideas to good use? Then it may be time for a career move.
Deciding to change careers is scary. Leaving behind a consistent paycheck, benefits and the finincial stability of a nine to five goes against everything we’ve been taught.
I’m here to tell you, you can do it. “To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.” Now days millennials are more resourceful than ever and no risk is too great. However, it’s going to take some grit to concur those fears and take that leap of faith.
I got the confidence make the BIG MOVE from the people I surround myself with. Damon Burns is one of them.
A business man and entrepreneur, Burns took that leap three years ago when he left his VP position at Raymond James Financial to start Munivestor. Three important tips he says are:
- Do your homework on the industry – any new career will come with new industry jargon and people. Concentrate on learning the latest industry trends and how its impacting the organizations you are interested in working for.
- Network – Relationships are necessary to be successful in any industry. Get to know people in the field by attending networking and continuing education events. People make the world go round.
- Utilize previous experiences – Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. The skills you acquired on previous jobs could help the transition. Many times employers look for talent with diverse experiences and perspectives. Don’t be shy about saying what skills you posses that might be of interest to employers.
Once you realize there’s no limit to what you can do, start tackling those fears.
- Get a mentor. Someone who’s been there, done that. Someone who is doing what you want to do. Is a celebrity? Follow them online. Use their story to inspire you.
- Be a purple cow! Make sure your product offers consumers something they will benefit from, something unique. Be a standout. See what I mean below.
Last but not least, have a plan. Make sure it’s well thought out. For 1 year you should be planning your exit strategy and saving money.
Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to a career with passion and not just a paycheck.