How To Change Careers 30 May 2013

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“It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” C. S. Lewis

Are you struggling in your current profession, either in personal satisfaction or with finding gainful employment? If so, then it may be time for a career change. A career change can be a scary thing, but it just may be the change you need in order to get over that feeling of being “stuck” in your career and move on to a more satisfying and lucrative lifestyle. Read on to see what you need to get going.

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” Anatole France

First of all, make a decision to change. You may be on the fence. If you were not thinking about changing your career, then you probably would not be reading this. You may have too many “what ifs” going through your mind. All you need to do is to make a decision one way or the other. Stick with that decision. In the long run, it will be better if you don’t waffle back and forth.

“Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.” Shunryu Suzuki

Next, do your research. Start with some soul searching. What traits do you have that would attract you to one career over another? Are there skills that you already have that would make the transition easier for you? What education or certifications do you need? Map everything out, plan it and write it down.

“Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better.” Sydney J. Harris

Take action. Once you have most of your ducks in a row, then make the leap. You don’t have to have everything perfectly aligned. If you wait until everything is perfect, you will never move forward. Follow through with the appropriate action. Things will fall into place once you get the ball rolling.

If you want to get started on searching for or starting your new career and you need the college education to go with it, look no further. My friends over at The Edification can help you find a counselor, choose a new career path and then choose the right program for you. All you need is a computer and an Internet connection and you can access nearly any school, anywhere in the world that has an online program. For those who are curious about online education, look at the following infographic:

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John Rampton is a PPC Entrepreneur, Author, Founder at Due a finance company helping small business owners. Follow me on Twitter @johnrampton

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