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Are you seeking a career change, but uncertain of the necessary steps?  Well, look no further – here are some proven career change strategies.

“Career Exploration” is the physical act of seeking employment or additional education to secure a career that will complement your interests, skills, and abilities. As you begin your career exploration, you may want to first address the following questions:

  1. What are my career interests?
  2. Which of my current skills do I have the most confidence in and ability to perform?
  3. What work values are most important to me?
  4. What is my current level of education? Is it sufficient for my desired career path?  If not, am I willing to further my education?

There are no right or wrong answers to the questions above, but if you do not answer honestly you could jeopardize your ability to secure the most rewarding career.

As you look for a new job, you want to ensure your interests complement who you are and what you are most passionate about. Assessment software like Indiana Career Explorer and cTORQ are great, free tools to help you identify a path.  Networking is also an excellent way (and one of the best) to locate new opportunities.

Indiana Career Explorer is a career planning system for Hoosiers that is easy to navigate. It includes assessments that will provide immediate results on careers that best meet your personal attributes. (www.indianacareerexplorer.com)

cTORQ is an online tool that cross-references your personal knowledge, skills, and abilities with transferrable skills to provide additional employment opportunities that you may not have known you were a candidate for. (www.torqworks.com)

Networking can help you meet new people with new experiences. By talking with seasoned professionals you can determine if a particular area of interest is a good fit for you. For example, does a neighbor, relative, friend, or colleague work for a company in a position that intrigues you because you love what they do and the mission behind it? This is an opportunity for you to research the company and explore employment opportunities while connecting with individuals who can be an asset to your potential placement.

Career exploration does take time, but it is one of the best ways to inform the best career path for you. Plus, by focusing on finding the best career fit early in your job search process, you are more likely to land a job that you love so much that it does not seem like a job.  Why? Because…. it’s your CAREER!


Timea Jones