Changing Careers in a Changing Economy

By Kelly Evanko

In 2008, the U.S. economy took a huge hit and many of us took a blow professionally, as a result of it. Many either lost their jobs, had their hours cut, or had to take a pay cut somehow, leaving many of us scratching our heads wondering, “What do we do now?” Since then, the corporate world has required us to work longer hours and the low morale has left us feeling generally unhappy or burnt out.
How about you? Maybe you have even gone as far as you can in your current job. Are you yearning to try something different? Well, this begs the question, “Is this a good time to consider changing careers?” Here is some food for thought if you are seriously considering it.

For anyone thinking of transitioning into a totally new career, the very first thing you need to do is make a checklist of all of your strengths and talents. This is a good exercise to get a true read on what you really WANT to do for the rest of your life.

The first step to take once you have made your checklist is to check out multiple resources that can help you to identify what you want to do based on what you are good at. Make a list of potential work options. There are many surveys online that you can take to see what transferrable skills you already have. I also recommend reading the book “What Color Is Your Parachute?” This is the holy grail of career information. These resources can help you find the best fit for your particular interests and talents. (It may sound crazy, but it is actually possible that you are already in the right career path that’s best suited for you. You just may need to find a company that better fits your goals and needs)…Read More

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