When embarking on a new career path, it’s usually wise to identify your personal weaknesses and strengths: and as a first step, recognize your likes and dislikes as well. After all, the reason you are searching for a new career might be because of an area you disliked in your previous job. So you don't want to make that mistake again. Analyze your strengths and what you are good at, and look for ways to improve the areas where you are not as strong.
A good exercise is to take stock and identify all of your skills that could be useful to your new career. For example, most so-called "soft skills" such as interpersonal or communication skills are valuable to almost any company. Any managerial skills and technical skills will definitely help out as well.
So what exactly are your skills, strengths and talents? Can you pinpoint your career assets? List them out and spend some time going over your answer. Another good idea is to get input from family and friends about your strengths and weaknesses.
Do a self-assessment and identify all of your skills that can be useful in your next career. For example, most so-called "soft skills" such as interpersonal or communication skills are valuable to almost any company. Also valuable to most companies would be any managerial or technical skills you might have.
Then, when you’ve identified your strong and weak points, you can start thinking about some goals for your new career (and your broader life as well).
Start by setting achievable daily and weekly goals. For example, how many phone calls are you going to make each day to potential employers? What's the number of CV packages you'll be mailing out on a daily basis? How many hours are you willing to commit to your job search every day?
Another good goal setting exercise is to begin by identifying your career desires, then write them down. This provides a template to use when brainstorming the rest of your career goals. Then, with your career goals written down, you'll have a clear target to aim for.
It's important to set regular goals that you can achieve. For example, will you make 10 calls to potential employers every day? How many CV packages are you going to send out every day? And exactly how many hours are you willing to commit each day to your job search?
Be aware that every well-planned change of careers begins with an honest and realistic self-assessment. This involves evaluating your goals, values, career preferences, skills and interests. You just might possess the skills and knowledge to move into an entirely new career field without any additional education or training.
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