Career Testing For Career Changers
People change careers every day. It's
not uncommon to have as many as five careers in a lifetime. As common
as career change is, it's generally very hard to do, and it can be extremely
stressful on you and your family.
The good news, is that once you do get on
your "Right Path," things start get a lot easier. But more on
Entrepreneurs change careers by starting
new and different businesses. Technical people move from design or programming
into management, marketing, sales and possibly back again. Entertainers
might move from acting to singing. Some folks change industries entirely.
Some people simply switch companies.
There are a few careers where career change
is rare. A family medical doctor, after building a practice, will rarely
make radical changes. Many attorneys find themselves in the same situation.
Building a practice takes many years and the cost of switching is usually
Business owners, can change careers, usually
by delegating the management of their ongoing business thus freeing up
time to start another business.
Changing careers is not something you learned
in school. To help you navigate your way through this change, CareerPlanner.com
has identified several good
career change books on the subject as well as providing tools and
information to help you through your career change. One of the best places
to start is with our Career
Test which will help you identify careers that match your interests,
values and strengths. Our Career Test will also show you which types of
careers to avoid.
Finding Your Right Path
The most important thing to know is that
your career change should put you on a path that is closer to, if not
directly on, your "Right Path." In a nutshell, your Right Path
has to do with your personal mission in life, and the reason you are here.
The closer you align yourself to that path, the less stress you are bound
to encounter. Identifying your Right Path then becomes your top priority.
Being on the Right Path leads to greater
success and career satisfaction. When on your Right Path, obstacles
will be fewer and easier to overcome. The battles you fight will at least
be the right battles. Once you are on your Right Path, things will start
to fall into place.
Your Right Path is like a roadmap that helps
point the way forward. Without a roadmap in life,
you will be like a ship without a rudder. You will be blown this
way and that. The slightest breeze will knock you off course. Without
a vision of where you are supposed to go, your life will seem like a bunch
of random events.
In fact, many people don't know how to change
careers and many are afraid to think about it. The default position is
to cast your fate to the wind and wait for life to nudge you in the right
direction. Trust me, you want to plan your career, rather than leaving
it in the hands of others.
The best time to start to determine what
your Right Path is, is when you are safe and secure in your present job.
One word of caution. If you are sensing that you need a major career
change or a major life change, please start working on it right now, for
your own good and the good of your family. Don't put off searching
for your Right Path. Why...
The Giant Bungee Cord
It's best to start searching for your Right
Path in a gradual way while your life is still relatively stable and you
still have a paycheck. An interesting thing happens if you delay searching
for your Right Path.
Picture that there is a giant rubber band
attached at one end to your waist, and at the other end to the path you
should be on. The further away from your Right Path you travel the
more tension builds up in the rubber band. At some point, as you
get too far off your true path that rubber band will snap you back, disrupting
everything in your life. It is usually not a pleasant experience.
It may come in the form of getting laid off, getting fired, getting demoted,
being reorganized, downsized, divorced etc.
Do not for one minute assume that the giant
bungee cord of life will snap you back to a nice comfortable position
on your Right Path. If there was a lot of tension in that
rubber band (and in your life) you will overshoot your Right Path and
continue to oscillate back and forth.
You might be out of control for awhile, until
the oscillations dampen out. If you haven't worked on identifying your
Right Path, how will you recognize it as you fly by it.
If you are not the "Do It Yourself"
type, and you think that you are way, way off your Right Path, and you
are experiencing major job stress in your life, we suggest you find a
professional counselor to help with the process. Look for a local
psychologist with a private practice that has experience helping people
identify their true mission in life.
Find someone with a passion and a track record
for helping people with their careers and their lives. Find someone
who is deeply intuitive and highly focused on staying on their own Right
Path. These people can be very helpful.
If you are the "Do It Yourself"
type when it comes to introspection and knowing yourself, we would still
recommend the help of a practicing psychologist. However, we can
recommend a few excellent books to help you understand and discover your
Right Path. Click
here to see the Right Path resources on our reading list.
Identifying your Right Path is just part
of the Career
Planning Process. After you have begun to identify your Right
Path, return to the career planning process to complete the next few steps
for planning your next career. We do offer one very useful tool
to help you understand what careers are right for you. Try our Career