THE IWAA- CAREER TRANSITION ASSESMENT TOOL
You have arrived at this place and you need to make a change or a move.
Step by Step Guidelines based on our achievement principles.
8 Steps to a Career Change
Step 1. Vision, needs wants and desires
Have a Vision if not, Identify a Need, Want or Desire-
Write it down. It is always important to write things down. Make a wish list of what you will like to do or become. Making a career change needs careful planning and inventory of the whole person, likes, dislikes, skills, Ideal job, ideal location. This is a reflection of where you are and where you intend to go. For more detail information subscribe to our network www.theiwaa.org
Step 2. Skills
Identify All your Skills without leaving any out weather related or not.
Sometimes we tend not to appreciate some of the skills we have acquired through the years.
Based on your vision, want, need or desired career change or move, line up the skills you have under the new vision from your skills list .They may not be exact but may have a relation. In reality, some skills can be transferable and improved upon once you determine which one that will be. We always encourage a plan A and Plan B for a start on your vision.
Step 3. Freedom
Freedom has become such an important point to consider in making change in one’s life. If you are not free, you cannot do anything.
Freedom translates to time, mentally and emotionally free, financial, spiritual, freedom of choice, etc. For example, you may have the wish to return to school but if you have constraints the goal may be difficult to attain. It would just be intention without action. If this link is broken then find a way to fix it before you continue or subscribe to our network for more assistance.
Step 4. Attitude and Research
Once you have a vision or a need, want, desire, skills for the next career move all written down and examined, then do some thorough research as to what is out there that matches your vision. Having a positive attitude is a great thing to have because you may find that your skills are not up to par but with a great attitude you may decide to go get more training.
Research will also help you look at the opportunities in that industry, the future, benefits working in that industry etc. We are linked to career centers and university that can help educate or train you. If you got the skills ready to go for your next move, then the career centers will help you with job placements and assistance. For more information subscribe to the IWAA network.
If you have gone through steps 1-4 and you know you definitely need new skills or improve on the one you have then think creatively how you can achieve this goal. Some employers may train on the job; others may require you come ready to go with qualification and experience. Your research will tell you what employers are willing to do what for employees. You may be looking at financial aid, par time work to support your schooling.
For experience, you may want to volunteer somewhere part time to gain experience while preparing to transit. Employers always specify experience required or not for a position.
In order for you to add a new dimension to your life sometimes you have to think creatively because the job may not be waiting for you but as a creative thinker, you can add value to a position that is being advertised. See how you can add value by reading how other people did it, get inspiration from others creations and innovations. Learn better ways of selling yourself on your resume’s and interviews. Subscribe to the network and get more information.
Step 6. Courage
We all know change doesn’t come easy. There is a price to pay for change. Transitioning always requires you to make some changes, adjustments and adoptions. It sometimes takes courage to make the next move. You may lose money, friends, comfort zone, and even security for a while. It will take courage to stay the course for your transition. That is why it has to be your vision and yours only that you believe in because this is your chosen path. Make sure you have carefully examined steps 1 to 5 and this is what you want to do. Successful people are ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Surround yourself with the right people;
It is important that as you embark on this new path, let the people that you surround yourself with be of like minds or people who can foster or support your growth. Often we find ourselves with people who just discourage us or feed fear in us and just because we want to keep a certain friendship we do not look at the disadvantages of staying around people who cannot help us grow. This is the time to find a mentor, someone who is more experience than you and is willing to mentor you and answer your questions when in doubt
Mentors are a good support system for a career move. They have insights and experience
In for years and may have connections in the new industry you may be seeking opportunities
Step 7. Network
In a social media age networking has risen to a new level. Leverage all the connections you can get online and offline to find that new career and ally. Most people get jobs these days from their connections maybe from LinkedIn, Facebook, meet up groups.it is worth spending the time to meet and develop a relationship. It is reported that 80% of jobs are gotten through referrals
The career literature shows that 70–80 percent of jobs are acquired through networking
It is who you know these days not just what you know.
If you are lacking social skills you will have to develop it. Company’s wanted to know you fit their company culture. They may ask you to make an appearance to see if others like you.
Network, network, network on and offline.
Step 8.Live your truth
When you are looking for a job, be your true self. Don’t pose being someone you are not because it will backfire and you will be hated and you will lose your job once they find out you are not who they thought you were.
If you lie about your skills, experience, personality, you will be the one to suffer. some jobs require a certain personality. Make sure
during your research you found what a job truly requires from skills, age, personality, marital status, time, travel, salary expectation. Make sure you did research the company culture also. So, if you say yes to this new career it shouldn’t be a disappointment. You cannot grow if you are working somewhere you do not like. So live your truth.
Careful planning considering every aspect of your life as mention on earlier topics will help reduce stress, waste of time, money and energy. Avoid abrupt or overnight decisions because of emotions. Take the time to assess your new offers and weigh them. Do not jump to the first offer without carefully weighing your options. Always have something in hand while looking so you do not appear desperate. A gradual move is always the best move because you have had the time to think and reflect during a transition. It gives you the ability to adapt better in a new situation.
Now stay committed and focus on your decision and the rewards will be great.