Many people decide to make a change in their careers at one point.  Sometimes this is because they don’t like their current line of work anymore, or perhaps they want to discover new challenges and try something out which may make a new change in their lives.

Some people have big dreams of a certain career and for whatever reason, life led them down a different path.  They may find themselves looking back years later wanting to retrace their steps and try out that career that they always wanted.

Making a career change is no small task.  In order to be able to make the best transition possible it’s important to know the best possible tactics.  Here are some of the bests things that you can do to ensure that you set yourself up for success before making a career change.


Determine What Training You Will Need

The first thing that you should examine is whether you will be required to taking additional courses or continue your education.  Based on how many hours you are currently working, and details such as whether you have a family or not, you may find that it isn’t realistic to put in the amount of work required.

However, should you find that the requirements are in line with your lifestyle and abilities, you should start planning for how you’ll go about doing this. Making shifts in your schedule, moving closer to your school if necessary, and reviewing the education material before you get started in order to do your best. But if you have a lot of responsibilities to juggle, you can take up online classes so as to tailor your studies to your convenient schedule. There are plenty of courses that you can choose from, if your career plans is in line with HR and recruitment, a master of human resources degree can come in pretty handy.


Put Aside Savings

Anytime you are starting out a new career, there is frequently an adjustment period in the beginning.  You may find yourself with less money, or getting better at your craft and therefore not generating quite as much money yet.

Make sure that you are putting enough savings to cover at least 2 months.  This way you know that even if you have a slow start with your new line of work you will have enough money for your basic needs.



It’s important to always take advantage of the network that you have surrounding you.  When you use your network to your advantage you may find jobs you didn’t know existed, or opportunities that will arise that you would never have known about had you not reached out and asked.


Be Patient

When making any big change in your life it’s important to remember that there will be a period of adjustment and a learning curve.  Therefore, try to be patient with yourself and your learning process.  You’ll find that over time you will eventually get to where you need to be.  At this moment you can proudly look back and see the positive changes that you fought hard to make in your career change.

By Eddy

Eddy is the editorial columnist in Business Fundas, and oversees partner relationships. He posts articles of partners on various topics related to strategy, marketing, supply chain, technology management, social media, e-business, finance, economics and operations management. The articles posted are copyrighted under a Creative Commons unported license 4.0. To contact him, please direct your emails to

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