If you can’t shake the feeling that it’s time for a career change, your next step is likely incredibly intimidating: Where do you go from here?
You know you’re tired of doing the same thing every day and crave a new challenge, but you may feel adrift in a sea of confusion. Are you in the market for a complete career change? Or should you consider a different path in the same industry?
If you’re facing this sort of career dilemma, especially if you work in the engineering field, it’s a good idea to reach out to your colleagues and industry peers for feedback. This sort of situation is when the power of networking comes into play. Not only can you speak with others about their career paths, but you’ll also be in a great position to hear about prospective job opportunities.
As you weigh your options and the future of your career, you may wish for a crystal ball — or, as Roger discovers in the third episode of our Engineering.com video series, an app that tells you your ideal job.
While it might be nifty if there was a career app, you can make this important decision about next steps in your career by being strategic about it. Sit down and define what you want in a career, not just in the next year, but in the next five years and the next 10 years. The most satisfying career paths rarely just happen — instead, they are the result of a strategy, goals, a plan and a roadmap.
As you make a plan, consider your interests and hobbies, too. After all, the adage “if you can find a career that’s truly fulfilling, you’ll never work a day in your life,” is pretty accurate. In the Engineering Career GPS video, Roger shares his love of aviation and airplanes. Follow in his footsteps and examine what you love. Can you somehow intertwine those interests with your career?
Following through with a career change is never easy. But by giving the process some thought and getting feedback from valued colleagues and industry peers, you can create the framework that makes your professional development journey a little less daunting.
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