How to Best Map Out Your Career Change

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The COVID-19 pandemic is probably stirring up all kinds of big and uncomfortable feelings within you. It might be about your roommate, your significant other, or all the stuff you've acquired over the years. (Every single Goosebumps book? Is there nothing else to read?) You might also be wondering if the work you do is actually important or suited to you anymore, or if it ever was. You might be contemplating a total career switch, as soon as you can figure out how.

First, it's important to figure out whether these are just your brain grasping for control in a largely uncontrollable situation. But if you're really getting excited about the prospect of a new start, do some deep and thorough thinking about what that future might realistically look like for you. If you're considering a more entrepreneurial approach, remember that starting small is probably best. If you're looking to break into a new role or even a new industry, consider mapping out how your weird story gets you there.

On a more granular level, MarketWatch's Kerry Hanon might have some good advice, even if it's written with older adults in mind. Make a list or a map of your transferable skills and organize them into a coherent narrative about why they're valuable, both for yourself and any future client or employer. Talk to as many people about your proposed field as possible, to build connections and to learn more about the nitty-gritty of it all. Finally, make sure you're financially stable enough to make the leap. That could mean different things to different people, but really, it only has to be right for you.