1) Preparation and Homework
Determine the jobs or professions you would like to investigate for a career change. Learn as much as you can about the companies you identify, their leaders and, most of all, the work environments. Get job descriptions and detailed information about each opportunity you are considering. Evaluate them against criteria you have developed that define your desired career outcomes.
2) Reasons to Change
Balance your enthusiasm and intensity for prospective career opportunities. On the surface, the grass may look greener with extra money, perks and advancement; but a more thorough investigation may indicate that you will have to work longer hours and weekends to succeed. Scripture is very clear that we should not wear ourselves out trying to get rich (Proverbs 28:20); so watch out for promises of instant success or quick fixes to problems you may be experiencing in your current job. Resist the urge to run from conflict or difficult bosses and co-workers.
3) Career Action Plan
A career action plan helps you find the best route or direction to take to achieve your career change objectives. Your plan should list as many of the activities and actions you will complete, as well as the resources you will need to make the career change happen.
4) Mentor or Career Advisor
If you’re serious about changing your job or career, find a mentor or career advisor to help you get the most from your activities and to motivate you to stick with your plans. Changing your career without seeking proper guidance and wise counsel can cause your plans to fail (Proverbs 15:22).
Take your time and don’t rush into a career change if you’re not truly ready to do so. However, don’t wait until everything is perfect either. You’ll never be absolutely and totally ready or ultimately prepared to change your career. Most times it will require a leap of faith!