"I've got to get out of here -- this job is killing me!" Or, "I've got to get out of here -- this kind of work is killing me." What's the difference? There's a tremendous difference between job searching in a field in which you have experience, and eyeing a completely new career track.
Wanting to escape a field altogether is not unusual. The bad news is that changing fields is usually about 500 times more difficult than finding a new job in the same field. The good news, though, is that changing fields is exciting, invigorating and possible -- if you strategize and plan your marketing campaign carefully.
But before you leap, be sure you want to switch fields. You'll know that changing fields is right for you if you've taken these 10 action steps characteristic of successful career changers.
How Did You Do?
10: You're on your way and bound for success!
Less than 10: Perhaps you're thinking of a career change without doing the necessary self-assessment work. Go back over the list and choose a step to work on. When you've accomplished that one, move on to another.
Changing careers can be great fun. Just be sure to create a good road map based on the steps outlined above.