How to successfully change your career

Whether you are looking for new challenges, want to finally pursue your dream job, or take advantage of a unique chance, you should always consider some basic things when making a plan and executing it. Our tips help you carefully weigh the pros and cons of a professional change.

What direction to take - thoughts on planning

Your desire to change jobs was not born overnight. Think about when and why you became aware of this next step. What were the decisive moments? What would you like to do better? Here you will recognise the strengths and weaknesses of your current situation. Make a list of pros and cons regarding factors that you want to leave behind and those that you want to give more priority in the future.

Onwards to your goal - what can, may and should it be?

Career changes are not always made in your current professional setting. Or you are thinking ahead and would like to climb the career ladder within your field in a targeted manner. Either way you need to objectively analyse your abilities and weaknesses. Decide how radical or experimental your continued professional career should be. In addition to your (further) education and your talents, your readiness to live abroad or to become self-employed may determine your new career path.

Explore the situation and use others' experiences

The times when a single educational path was enough for your professional career are long over. A successful career change increasingly means a professional change. A re-orientation of your career goals combined with additional education is best achieved by incorporating the experience of others. Find out which career change will take you in the right direction by talking to others in your future professional field or by using online job profiles.

Objective defined - how do I achieve it?

Once your objective is defined you must pass through the various stations along the way. Will you remain in the same professional field or will you take a step toward a career change? It is easy to become confused in the jungle of options. Do not lose any time with randomly selected courses of study. Get precise information regarding what exactly your career change entails. Your networks can be helpful in this regard.

Checklist for successfully changing your career

  1. What do you want and what are you ready to give up in the future?
  2. What are your particular strengths and where can you grow?
  3. What job, what métier accommodates a re-orientation of your job goals?
  4. Where can you get help and what financial support is available?
  5. What detours or routes are necessary to achieve your goal?
  6. What does a carefully prepared resume yield? Castle in the sky or dream career?
If your current professional situation does not make you happy, the only thing you can do is change the direction of your career. Do not be rash, but you should also not hang on to your old job for too long. Create your career plan and set clear goals for a successful future.