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How to  Transition to a New Career You’ll Love

Everyone should have the chance to follow their dreams. If you’re stuck doing a job you dislike and you want to transition to a career that is more fulfilling and will give you the opportunities you desire in terms of professional and personal development, check out the tips and ideas below.

1.) Develop the Skills You Need to Shift to a Better Job or Position

Even if your next career will have you doing the same things you’ve always done, it’s still a good idea to keep your qualifications up to date. If you can’t quit your current job right away, you’ll want to look for options that won’t take up too much of your time.

Exploring lifelong learning opportunities is a great option because many such classes are specifically designed to improve employability. We have spoken to the team at SkillsFuture courses Singapore, there are many courses learners can take to advance their skills in emerging focus areas like advanced manufacturing, cybersecurity, data analytics, digital media, entrepreneurship, finance, tech-enabled services, and urban solutions. There are also online and in-person certification courses from local institutions as well as recognised organisations like Google that will help you learn various skills needed to succeed in a variety of careers.

2.) Develop an Exit Plan for Your Current Job

Quitting without any plans for the future is not only unwise, but it could be terrifying as well. Make sure to start applying for jobs at least a few months before you finally send in your resignation letter. This will help ensure a much smoother transition to your preferred career.

If you can’t get a job doing what you want after you quit, build up your savings and find some other job to tide you over. Be sure to include upskilling efforts such as training courses as part of your exit strategy.

3.) Consider Freelancing on the Side

If you can manage it, consider doing some freelance work related to the career path you’re considering. If you’re not contractually prevented from doing so, you can even start freelancing before you quit your current job. Freelancing will not only help you become more familiar with your desired field, but it can be a good way to supplement your income. Freelance work is usually quite flexible, so long as you don’t take on a bigger workload than you can manage.

4.) Keep Your Mental Health Intact

Being constantly faced with a job you dislike can result in long-term damage to your mental health. The stress and anxiety associated with your workplace can even be the cause of mental health disorders, which may take the rest of your life to resolve. What’s more, having a serious mental health issue can be problematic when you’re switching career paths. 

To ensure that you’re mentally and emotionally prepared to change careers, try to relax and decompress occasionally before and during the transition process. If you’ve been having frequent episodes of mental distress related to your job, see a mental health professional immediately.

5.) Refrain from Going All-Out On Your Job

If you don’t like your job and already have another one lined up, it’s probably best to refrain from taking on more work than necessary. Wasting mental and emotional energy on a job you dislike may only add to your dissatisfaction for no additional gain. Instead, try to focus on becoming more proficient in the skills and knowledge that you will need for the next phase of your career.

6.) Avoid Ranting to People at Work

If you hate your job, chances are, you will want to vent all those negative feelings to anyone willing to listen. Unfortunately, even valid observations and critiques are often taken the wrong way. Many organisations also go to great lengths, officially and unofficially, to punish employees who express any dissent or dissatisfaction. After all, getting back at employees is usually much easier than dealing with criticisms and improving work conditions. Even if nothing happens while you’re still in the organisation, your superiors may use your rants as a reason to refuse you a positive referral. It’s also not unknown for employers to attempt to actively impugn a resigned employee’s character.

To keep things on the safe side, only discuss negative feelings with people outside your workplace. You may also want to avoid talking about work-related events and feelings on social media, even with a private audience. 

7.) Understand the Purpose of Exit Interviews

Most employers conduct exit interviews with resigning employees. However, departing employees may sometimes misread the purpose of this process. While exit interviews are ostensibly a way for companies to improve the quality of life of other employees, many companies treat these as mere formalities. In worst-case scenarios, what you say in the exit interview could be taken against you should a future employer reach out to your company to check references.

This means you should carefully consider how to approach your exit interview. If you’re leaving because you dislike your job, chances are, you disagree with some of the ways the business is being managed. To add to this, not all managers and business owners are prepared to receive valid criticism. This is all to say the risk you will face by giving completely honest answers at exit interviews often outweighs the potential reward.

Instead, to maximise the chances of receiving a positive referral, keep things as professional as possible at your exit interview. Explain the rationales for your answers thoughtfully and professionally. Avoid making negative comments about bosses and coworkers and try to frame any bad feelings and critical observations in a constructive manner. 

You Can Still Switch Careers

No matter how your current job situation is, you can rest assured that you are never too old to transition to a different career path. Universities and other educational institutions offer a variety of short courses that could help you build a better foundation for your future career.

Author: Sim K

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