Are you one of the many that are seriously considering making a career change, and thinking about the steps needed to make a successful switch? It’s important to have a good plan in place before committing to starting a new career.

A Good Plan and a Long-Term View

It’s best to be sure that the change will bring you and your family happiness, joy, and financial security. A low-stress atmosphere each day is always recommended and beneficial long-term.

Here’s a list of 8 things that I would need to do to make my career change a successful one:

  1. I would make a list of my personal, and family needs or requirements. I’ll include everything that I need to keep myself in a happy and comfy state while I make this career change.
  2. What will I give in exchange for learning and earning in my new career? It is very important to understand that in order to add such an activity as a new career to my life, I need to take the time and energy away from something else and give it to my future pursuit. I will no doubt have to give up some TV time, maybe not watch television for a few hours per night. I’ll have to give up my wasted computer time of watching YouTube videos about news and entertainment, or I might need to sacrifice a few nights a week and weekends. Many fail because they simply cannot find the time to change. It’s always up to me to take my own time and spend it wisely. This determines my success and speed in reaching my goals.
  3. Do I have what it takes to excel at this new career? I need to be honest with myself. I might have to develop the qualities and characteristics that are necessary in order to thrive and be successful in this new career. An example can be seen in a salesperson. An experienced and successful salesperson will have great communication skills. Whatever product or service they’re selling, they have the skills needed for a solid foundation. Skills like good leadership, organizational skills, and they’re great listeners, able to read their prospect’s minds well. They know how to explain, in a convincing way, how their product or service is perfect for them and something that they just can’t live without. These are all abilities that can be developed and many have sharpened their characters to excel in their profession and have become very successful.
  4. I’ll want to talk to a few people who are currently in the career that I’m considering and ask questions and get a good picture of what it’s like from one day to another in that particular job or career. I’ll make a list of the pros and cons. Some things might sound great and rewarding, but once I do my research my mind might change and see it as less appealing.
  5. It’s easier now than ever before to get educated on just about any career that I might want to do. Using the internet I can always find more than enough information, courses, groups, and local resources to learn from. I may have to learn from a few different sources and through the internet, I can connect with whoever I need to in order to get what I need to progress in my situation. I can Google them and follow them on social media and forums, etc.
  6. I’ll need to be ready for challenges and set my mind to overcome them all and not give up. It’s important to consider the cost before I start my journey into my new career. If I become aware of the challenges through my research then I can prepare myself to meet that situation before the need arises. Some underestimate the challenges and overestimate their own abilities to meet the challenges. That’s why it’s necessary for me to consider these things before committing to a career that I might be tired of in a few years. Once I’m sure of the path that I want to take I can put my plan for success in place.
  7. Now I’ll follow my plan and overcome all obstacles until I reach a certain amount of success. My plan might change some along the way but I’ll continually learn and strive to reach my goals asap and not waste my time but I’ll do my best to make the most of it.
  8. I would also join a community group of like-minded individuals that all have similar type goals. This group will help one another reach their goals, and will even celebrate with them when they are reached.