What To Do If Your Career Takes A Wrong Turn

Regret is a powerful motivator.

This year brought some unprecedented changes to our lives. We are seeing a sudden rise in food prices, and rent and mortgage rates, but shortages in items that we used to see in abundance at the store.

People say that salaries are about the same while many are looking for work. Some are looking for a second job or another gig to supplement their income.

Times are tough. You might be thinking of changing careers or changing to a similar job with a slightly different skillset, but you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars on courses. What can you do?

If you’re thinking about changing careers in order to earn a higher income and keep up with rising costs, consider these tips:

  • Assess your financial situation. How much do you have in savings? How much debt? Should you borrow money to pay expenses while you work to get your career back on track? It may be wiser to take the first job you find so your expenses are paid while you continue to search for better opportunities.
  •  Look for options in which you can develop your skills while working. Can you use your current skillset to get a job that gives you opportunities to develop new skills that are a stepping stone to a different career?
  •  Build a professional support network. If you look around, you’ll find some positive online communities that share career resources and job opportunities. It’s also a great idea to attend in-person networking events and get to know people who can introduce you to companies or tell you about job openings.
  • Work with a mentor. A career coach or someone with more experience than you in an industry or field can guide you. They can point out what you need to work on, steer you away from making potential mistakes, and share important wisdom with you.
  • Build your skillset. Take free or paid courses that build your skills and qualifications. Read books. Join mastermind groups. Share your knowledge with your portfolio. 
  • Build a portfolio. Share your expertise online. Blog or post articles or advice on your website or LinkedIn profile. This approach is especially useful if you don’t have actual job experience in the field you’re interested in. For example, if you’re interested in a career in graphic design, you can start building a portfolio of your work on your own website.

Changing careers is tough. Through a lot of investment in yourself and creating networks, it’s possible to change careers with effort and time. 

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