Nearly one third of U.S. workers under 40 have considered changing jobs or careers since the global pandemic began, according to a Washington Post poll from July, 2021. And, “about 1 in 5 workers overall have considered a professional shift.”
According to the article, respondents said the pandemic altered how they think about what is important in their lives and careers. “It has given them a heightened understanding that life is short and that now is the time to make the changes they have long dreamed of.”
In this article, we’ll look at practical ways to approach a career change and provide resources to help you learn more.
Once you’re ready for a career change, you’ll need to make a solid plan to help you achieve your goals. The BalanceCareers website offers the following tips for undertaking a successful career change:
Organizing the process into manageable pieces will help you stay on track. “Instead of allowing yourself to get overwhelmed by the scope of your job search, simply hone in on each action taken,” says Jack Kelly. He also recommends focusing on small, incremental steps “to help establish a series of habits and actions that can ultimately lead to your success.”
Even if you’re not ready for a career change right now, staying current in your chosen field, keeping your skills up to date, or getting certified may lead to new opportunities and increased job satisfaction.
In this LinkedIn article, Amit Nagpal describes continuous learning as “self-motivated persistence in acquiring knowledge and competencies in order to expand your skill set and develop future opportunities. It forms part of your personal and professional development in an effort to avoid stagnation and reach your full potential.”
Continuous learning, Nagpal says, can help you:
Continuous learning is essential to career advancement, especially in IT, says Sachin Gupta, who lists the following three ways to boost your professional growth:
IT professionals who invest time in continuous learning will not only keep their skillset relevant, Gupta says, but also gain confidence in their own ability to embrace change.
This article was written by Amber Ankerholz and originally appeared on FOSSlife. It is reprinted here with permission. (Image by Albrecht Fietz / Pixabay)