If your career is stagnating or is no longer fulfilling for you, it may be time to transition. This could be an internal shift that stays within your primary field, or it could be a complete change. If you feel that this is what you need to do, you’re not alone: according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Baby Boomers change their jobs an average of 10 times. If it’s time to change your career, it’s also an excellent time to reassess your priorities, passions, and talents.

Moving your current career forward

You may still love your field of work and find it fulfilling but feel that you need a change. Perhaps you feel mildly stuck or that your particular job is not as essential as it once was. There are plenty of options available. If you’ve worked the same position for years and never sought out a promotion, now is the time to do that. There are some basic actions to follow for people interested in getting promoted. Not missing work, doing your best work, and staying positive are essentials. It’s also important to network. Go to those office parties and gatherings–managers are more likely to promote the workers they know.

You may also consider gaining a new certification or a higher level of education. For instance, if you’re a Registered Nurse, it may be time to get your Bachelor of Nursing Science. There are programs out there designed specifically for RNs to get their BSNs. You can find similar programs in all job sectors. If your employer is interested in transitioning you to another position, the company may provide funding for you to get the needed certification, license, or degree. Companies may offer their own seminars and professional development classes–if you’re interested in a promotion, take these.

New Career

Deciding to take on a new career can be terrifying, but it can also pay off, both financially at for your mental wellbeing. If you have solid evidence that your career has clearly stalled or if you truly feel dissatisfaction at your job, it’s high time to make a change.

Chances are you’ve felt a calling toward something else for a long time. If this is the case, go try it out! Take classes in your area of interest, either online, through continuing ed courses at a local university, or even lectures that are opening to the community. If a culinary career is speaking to you, spend a day in a cooking class at your local kitchen supply store. Talk with friends or acquaintances in the field to get an idea of what specific jobs may fit your skill set best. This shift may require you to go back and get a second degree or certification, so be ready to invest a chunk of time and money preparing.

On the other hand, you may not be quite sure what kind of career you want to go into next. You might start by taking a career aptitude test or a personality test such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. You’ll also need to brush up on your job-hunting and application skills. If this seems a little overwhelming, don’t panic: there are tons of companies out there that specialize in guiding people through career changes. They have proven strategies to help you target your values and passions, analyze your talents, and help you find gainful employment. And remember, there’s always the option to start your own business.

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