How to Change Your Career: A Step by Step Guide

Many people want to change their careers but don't know how. Or they want to change careers but don't think it is possible because they have worked in one field their entire life. A career change is possible once you have the right tools and information. That's what this website is all about. Here is my step by step guide to change your career, no matter what you do now or what you want to do in the future.

Step One:

What do you want to do?

Take a good look at yourself, your strengths, weaknesses and values. Check out books and websites on my resources page for help with this. What do you LOVE to do? What is easy for you? What are you passionate about?

Another real-life story: Looking in the wrong places

I met a woman recently who was trying to find her ideal job. She had taken several fairly expensive training classes in various things and went from one thing to another, not finding anything that she was successful at. For example, she got a realtors license and tried selling real estate. Then she signed up with a multi-level marketing company to sell products but she didn't do well or like that either. Next she took a class in stock trading but had lost some money so was not happy with that. The mistake she made over and over was that she was looking "out there" and trying whatever came her way, without looking "in here" to see what her strengths were, what she was passionate about and what she really enjoyed. She was simply looking for a way to make some money, and not surprisingly, wasn't making much. In fact, she had spent more on all these ventures than she made.

Step two:

Do your research. After a thorough self-assessment you should have an idea about the general direction and field you want to explore.

Step three:

Narrow your choices to 2-5 jobs and do more specific research including informational interviews with people already in that field or job. Try to get some experience in the field if you don't have it already by volunteering, doing an internship or getting an entry level job.

Consider whether you want to look for a job or ?

Step four:

Create a detailed plan for transition. See my page Plan for Career Change page for additional help.

Often just knowing you are working toward a goal will make your current situation more bearable. You will no longer feel trapped in a situation out of your control. You will feel better knowing you are taking charge of your own destiny.

Be patient!! This is a process and will take time, but it is an investment in YOU and your future happiness and success.

If you would like to explore the Four Step process in detail, I offer workshops and a workbook where we work through the steps together. It's a great way to brainstorm and get ideas, support, advice and information from others.

Be sure to share your story , ask questions or let us know how you are doing on the forum page. We are a community of dream pursuers in support of each other.

"If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change." -

Michael Jackson