How To Pick A New Career

Once you decide to change directions and to pick a new career, it can be difficult to know what direction to go. Before you begin to think about specific ideas for jobs that may be a good fit, assess your personal preferences and work habits to make sure you pick a new career that you want to stick with for the long term.

  1. Think about what you love. Before you begin to think about the specifics, consider your passions. Think about what you like to do in your free time and what type of job you would pick if money, education, and time were not an issue.
  2. Evaluate your credentials. If you don’t plan on going back to school to find a new career, assess what formal credentials you can offer an employer. Think beyond your formal education, and evaluate what skills and knowledge you picked up in previous jobs and in your personal life.
  3. Consider how much money you want to make. To help your narrow down your new career prospects, think about your household budget and evaluate how much money you need to make to pay your bills and maintain your current lifestyle.
  4. Do your research. Look at resources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook handbook to research what careers are in demand. Choosing a new career with good growth potential will help you pick a career that you can stay in for the long term.

Resources:

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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