There is Still Time to Change Your Career Trajectory!
Guestpost by Artur Meyster
I do not know about you, but as we spent much more time at home in the last year and a half, the situation probably got you thinking about all sorts of big questions.
One of these was, I am sure, related to your current job: Am I enjoying what I do? Is this the right company for me? What’s next after the pandemic?…
Some of you may be in a happy place and that is awesome but in case you realized that you might be on the wrong path, do not worry! There is still time to change your career trajectory in the right direction!
Artur Meyster, our guest writer today has you covered with a clear roadmap (spoiler alert: It will require some work on your end)
How To Forge A New Career Path When You Realize You’re On The Wrong One
One of the most important things you’ll ever have to do is choosing a career path. The decision you make about your career today will shape the course of your life forever. There is no timeline for determining what you want to do with your life. Some people know when they are in elementary school while some find out after spending years on a job they don’t like. If you’ve suddenly realized that your current career path isn’t what you want, you need to take a step back and reevaluate your situation. Find out if it is something you can live with or you need to make a change. To confirm if you’re on the right career path, ask yourself these questions;
- Does my job bring me peace of mind?
- Am I only enduring it because of the money?
- Would I feel relieved if I was suddenly fired?
- Do I look forward to going to work every day?
- Does my job allow me to fully utilize my skills?
- Am I ashamed to tell people what I do for a living?
- Do I earn enough to take care of my needs and the needs of my family?
Your answers to the questions above will help you decide if your current career path is the right one for you. After that, take a career assessment test online. Many career assessment tools will lead you to the right career choice and provide you with job opportunities as well. Most of these tests are free but some require a token. After you’ve determined the best career option for you, you need to take the following steps to forge a new career path:
Step One: Take Advantage of Job Listings
Right after you’ve chosen a career path, you need to start taking advantage of available job listings on and offline. There are unlimited resources available on the Internet that provide you with different job listings. You might just be fortunate enough to get called for an interview. Some reliable sites to search for jobs are True, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, CareerBuilder, and SimplyHired. Even Facebook Job Search is a good place to find a new job. If you’re having difficulty getting a job on your own, work with a recruiter.
[Jonathan: Do not hesitate to contact our previous Podcast guest Alisa!]
Step Two: Improve Your Skills
It’s never a bad idea to improve your skills either by reskilling or adding a new set of skills to what you already know. When you’re sure of what you want to do, research the best skills to learn to succeed in the workplace. Right now, almost every job description will require advanced tech skills, particularly IT skills. So, if your IT skills are basic, consider signing up for an online Bootcamp on Computersciencehero.com to improve them. You should also improve your people skills while you job hunt.
[Jonathan: Blockchain Technology is also worth looking at!]
Step Three: Refine Your Resume
The resume you used to get your current job 5 or 10 years ago should not be the same one you’re using to look for a job today. A lot of things have changed since then and you need to change too. Find out how resumes in your field of interest look. Each time you improve your skills, make sure you update your resume to reflect it. These days, the best resumes are simple and straightforward. They also contain a lot of IT skills. Make sure that your resume isn’t generic. It should contain content that is specific to your skills. If you’re applying to different companies at the same time, consider tailoring your resume for each company. If you’re having trouble creating your resume, you can use a reliable resume app. This software is constantly updated with the latest templates, so you can rest assured that your resume is up-to-date.
Forging a new career path is a big deal. It’s not a step that you should take lightly. Before you make any rash decisions, like quitting your job, make sure that you have a plan. You also need to be sure that your current career isn’t right for you. The last thing you want to do is leave an amazing job to chase after an unrealistic dream that will never come true. Dreams will not pay the bills now or in the future.
About the Author
Artur Meyster is the CTO of Career Karma (YC W19), an online marketplace that matches career switchers with coding bootcamps. He is also the host of the Breaking Into Startups podcast, which features people with non-traditional backgrounds who broke into tech.
Twitter : @Arturmeyster
LinkedIn : Artur Meyster
I would like to thank Artur once again for helping us reshaping our careers, I found the tips on point! And to help you further, here are some of my own thinking points as well. In the end, you want to be in a place where you would enjoy doing what you do even if you are not paid for it.
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