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From: Resume Templates
Those who graduate from college or re-enter the workforce in another field have a great chance to build their career from the ground up. Of course it is a time of excitement and nervousness as a new career needs time, energy and patience. But the process can go smoothly if you plan your future career. We’ll show you how to make an effective start of your new career.
* Determine what you like
First of all, it is crucially important to decide what you really like to do in your life in order to feel happy with your new career. For some people it can be rather difficult, especially for those who got used to obey their parents’ decisions. But it’s never late to change your life. To make your soul searching process easier take a piece of paper and write down things you like to do for no money at all. You can also do personality tests to know about your strong points.
* Choose a career for yourself
Next step is to research the careers that incorporate your passions. Read up about them as many as possible, talk to people who are working in that field. It’s also important to consider all possible options and alternatives for your career path.
* Focus on skills and education
After choosing your dream career you can find out that your degree doesn’t match your passion but that’s ok as you can take classes and attend conferences in your new field.
* Join professional organizations
Joining professional organizations will help you stay informed about the trends in your potential new industry and will give you a chance to network with your future colleagues and get an outward glance of that field. Membership in professional associations will give you access to online services, professional development and educational opportunities.
* Do volunteer or part-time job
It’s a perfect way to look at your prospective career from inside and make your choice. Volunteer or part-time employment is a valuable source of experience and networking that will make your entering a new field smoother and easier.
* Be flexible and realistic
It’s essential to assess your capabilities and talents realistically as there can be lots of challenges and obstacles along the way. Try to stay flexible in your career and analyze potential routes you can take in case you want to make plans around your family.
Career, which is one of the most important parts of human life, can inspire you and make you happier. So listen to your heart to find your place in this world and take time to develop a plan of your career.
Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.
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