Do a self check before jumping into a new career
A PERSON switches careers five to nine times on average in his professional life.
There are two scenarios in such a transition: you know which career you are switching to or all you know is that you need a change but have no idea where you will land next.
Either way, do these self checks to help you along.
EXAMINE NEED FOR CHANGE
Reflect on the factors that are driving the need for a switch in focus.
For instance, are you moving away from something or toward something? Or, is yours a sunset industry or the sector is contracting?
Assess what's important to you. If you were to create a personal mission statement, what would it say? Imagine your ideal life, what would it look like, and what you would be doing.
DO A SWOT SIZEUP
Analyse your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, also known as Swot.
This process helps to prioritise your career options and discover your transferable skills.
Apart from Swot, there are many other assessment tools that will provide you with inventory of your strengths and abilities.
Alternatively, turn to a professional career counsellor for guidance.
REFINE CAREER OPTIONS
Unsure of which career to turn to? The Singapore Workforce Development Agency has its JobsBank (jobsbank.gov.sg).
The one-stop resource allows you to even define salary and job level in your search.
Answering these questions may also help:
What jobs are you qualified for now, and what jobs require further education and training?
What are the jobs that align with your values and fit your personality?
What advancement opportunities do these jobs offer in the long term?
What skills and talents do you want to tap on?
What business outcomes do you want to support?
Talk to people who have successfully made the transition. Glean from them the realities of the new companies and industries you are interested in, and seek their advice on the new job.
These people also form the network of experts you could turn to in the future.