How To Change your Career In 5 Easy Steps!

How To Change Careers
How To Change Careers

You are brave, if you are considering leaving your career. Most people make themselves stay at jobs or careers they hate because they are afraid of the unknown.

However, knowing the difference between leaving a job and leaving a career can make your transition smooth and easy or painful to say the least.

You change careers when you are in the wrong profession or you are in a career that you’re not suited for. And, you do not change careers simply because you are unhappy at work!

Change your careers by first facing the reasons why you’re leaving, identifying the kind of work you are suited for and following through with a career transitioning plan.

The rest of this article presents 5 easy steps for changing your career:

  1. Do you like your job?Be honest about the reasons why you’re leaving your current employment.

    Is it because you have lost or never had passion for your work or is it because you are looking for a better pay?

    Are you changing careers because you hate your boss or employer or because you consistently get low performance appraisals at work?

  2. Change careers for the right reasons: Some of the issues you face at one job are likely to show up at other jobs.

    For example, if you are a business analyst who hates talking to senior management and you change to another business analyst job, you may find yourself facing the same issue again.

    However, if your issues are specific to your current boss or employer and you can’t resolve them … then changing jobs and not your entire career may help.

    For example, I once interviewed for a job and I asked the team lead the question: “how do you to communicate to a team member that, he or she is not doing a good job?

    To which the team lead replied saying that he simply YELLS and SHOUTS at anyone who is not meeting his expectations.

    My reaction was simply to turn down their employment offer, since I could see that the team had management or personnel issues peculiar to them.

  3. Take an inventory of your skills, interests, abilities, educational background and experience: If you have worked for at least a year, you already know a lot about yourself.

    So, start by taking an inventory of your personal abilities, strengths and aptitudes.

    • Do you like putting together a lot of technical documentation?

    • Do you like make presentations to team members, stakeholders or management?

    • Are you accustomed to and do you use a lot of SQL queries at work?

    • Do you like working on customer support issues?

    • Do you like writing small code snippets to fix buggy software products?

    It is important that you itemize all the skills and abilities you’ve used over your working life so you can get a better picture of what you are wired do.

  4. Explore alternatives career paths before choosing: One of the issues facing IT professionals comes from having little to no knowledge of the career alternatives available to them.

    Simply said, there are a number of good IT career alternatives out there and there is no one career that is better for everyone.

    Some of the IT careers with good prospects include:

    • technical recruiting

    • pre-sales support

    • technical writing

    • software architecture

    • database development

    • software development

    • report writing

    • web analytics

    • customer relationship management

    • business analysis

    • project management

    • business intelligence

    Before deciding what career best suits you, first prepare the comprehensive skills evaluation mentioned in the last point.

  5. Get hands-on experience outside work; Don’t be expecting to get a job without strong hands-in experience because that is like gambling with your time.

    You need to first improve your skills and hands-on experience while working on your resume.

    Determine exactly, how you will get the training, skills and hands-on experience required for each career you are interested in.

    Don’t be a professional whose effort at getting a job consists only of rewriting resumes to match job descriptions.

Remember, the IT Job Market is a numbers game that plays in your favor like a rigged lottery if you have the right skills, experience and background and not just a souped up resume!

Okay, we are interested in answering questions on how to change careers … to get yours answered,, just post it below as a comment!

10 Responses to "How To Change your Career In 5 Easy Steps!"

  1. Mandar   August 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Let me brief you about my expertise and then you may suggest for me the best option.

    Total Experience : 3 Years and 8 Month

    1) Completed my B.E. in Information Technology

    2) Joined company as trainee software engineer ivolved into inhouse product development in JAVA and back end MySql.

    3) After six month started working on testing & Implementation side of that product for 1 year

    4) Joined ERP Team worked on Finance Module for 2 Month and then shifted to client demonstration and as Business Analyst where my role is Techno-Commercial interacting with clinet,proposal preparation,process definition,functional documentation etc.

    5) Currently I am handling team of 4 people which is purely mba mktg. for software sales.

    I have interest to work on Business Analyst/Testing/BD

    Also Please let me know whether the follwing thing will work for me or not

    1) Software Audit : Which course is suitable for me
    2) ERP SAP Module Functional
    3) Business Analyst Certification
    4) IT Asset Management Certification

  2. Munir   July 4, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Hi, I am student of BSIT (honer) (4 year degree) and my session for this degree is 2009-2013.

    i don’t know about in which i will specialize (programming, Networking, and some others)

    i can;t decide about my specialization for best career after completion of my degree.

    Will yo help me please ?

    Best Regards,

    • IT Career Coach   July 4, 2010 at 9:22 pm

      #Bsit #programming #networking Choose a career based on experience, education, passion or interest level, market demand and SWOT Analysis.

      Choose A Career Based On Education: Your education prepares you for a career in an industry by providing you with some background or general theoretical knowledge

      Choose A Career Based On Experience: Try internship in different industries or companies and based on your experience working in those industries, choose a career. E.g. if you get an internship job making cold calls … and you discover that you hate it, you may conclude that a career in sales is not for you.

      Choosing A Career Based On Interest Level / Passion: Do what you love and the money will follow because you will generally excel at or become very good at what you really love. On the other hand, if you don’t like a job or career, you will eventually burn out or fail to rise in your profession even when more money is offered.

      Choosing A Career Based On Market Demand:If your interest level in a number of different industries is the same, you may choose the career that has a higher market demand over the other. For example, if you really don’t care about C# versus VB.NET as a first programming langauge, you may choose one over the other based on its popularity in the market place.

  3. Anuj   June 24, 2010 at 1:45 am

    #php #mysql I am currently working as a PHP Developer( for last 1.9 years).

    The biggest problem I am facing is not being able to implement the logic in a proper way, i take more time to solve the problem as compare to others, i am not able to analysis the problem and find the solution in quicker way.

    Since the programming field is very pressure’s field, due to the above i am not able to complete the task on time.

    Since there are lot of PHP frameworks like CakePHP, Joomla, Magento etc.

    After every few months a new framework comes in market and i found it very difficult to learn a new framework after every few months.

    I am interested in Database developement, is this right to move to this field (database developement), i am totally confused……..

    Your thoughts and idea will be much appreciated.

    • IT Career Coach   July 4, 2010 at 7:58 am

      #php #mysql #database learning Database Development is easier than learning than learning PHP/MYSQL.

      Having said that, the real reason why you are having a tough time with learning PHP is not that it is difficult and it is not that there are too many frameworks.

      The real reason is that you haven’t learnt how to work with or study technology effectively. It is more of a mindset than a technology issue.

      If you have the right mindset, then you will succeed at any PHP or Database Developer job because you will know what to do to succeed at those jobs.

  4. IT Career Coach   December 9, 2009 at 7:08 am


    I answered your question in this post titled:
    Career Outlook for Business Intelligence (BI) or Data Warehousing (DW)

    Don’t forget to recommend this site to your friends using the “Tell a Friend” Button, OK?

  5. SaFia   December 9, 2009 at 2:18 am

    I am currently working as a .net Developr( for last 4 years mostly on
    contractiong jobs).

    The biggest problem I am facing is not being able to keep up with new .net components coming out everyday.

    My last probject I was working on was developed in .net 2.0.. now for the new positiong everyone is asking for 3.5( and 4.0 is looming on my head).

    I have a friend who is working as a Business Objects Consultant, and I am thinking of switching toward Datawarehousing/BI.

    Would that be a godo career move from my side.

    I think they get paid more and also do not need to keep reading like crazy.

    However I am not sure of how will be the future of Business Objects and is there any chance beyond a report developer.

    HOpefully, when the economy is better, I will be able to get a fulltime job and settled in one place.

    Your thoughts and idea will be much appreciated.

  6. IT Career Coach   December 8, 2009 at 7:11 am

    The Software Quality Assurance or Software Tester Career Path and the Technical Writer career path are two careers for business analysts who are transitioning out.

    The Technical Writer Career Path utilizes the business analysts technical documentation skills and experience and the software quality assurance or software tester career path utilizes the business analysts knowledge of SDLC (software development life cycle) and application / system analysis background.

    Does that answer your questions … please let me know.

  7. BA Career Change   December 8, 2009 at 5:59 am


    I thank you for your response …

    However it still does not answer the original question I had as I would like to know in which other occupations are the skills of a Business Analyst used.

    Please can you assist in this regard?

  8. BA Career Change   December 8, 2009 at 5:59 am

    I am currently a Business Analyst and I have been in the Business Analysis arena for the past four years and I have realised that I might need to make a change in career.

    I would like to find out what other careers there are where the skills of a BA would be considered as beneficial as I don’t know where to start looking?

    Your assistance regarding this would be greatly appreciated.


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