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3 Mistakes to Avoid When Changing Careers
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The secret to success is no secret. It's a matter of drive and determination. Those who want it and work for it are bound to achieve it. If you're at a point in your professional life where you're seeking more, embrace that desire. Those who settle for "good enough" don't often take advantage of opportunities to improve and advance their lives.

Making a career change is a part of professional growth. Even the rich and famous can't help expanding their careers and adding slashes to their titles. A career change is a big decision so it requires time and careful planning. 

For some it may require pursuing further education or expanding professional networks. The path to a career change is not a one-way road. Your path will be unique to you, but everyone should steer clear of these 3 career-change mistakes:

1) Going too far too fast.

Changing careers may be the next chapter in your book but it's more complicated than simply turning a page. It's a process that takes a series of steps so you'll need to set up short-term goals that will lead up to your big picture goal. Generally speaking, people make career decisions as part of a means to an end process, that end being career satisfaction. Take on each goal like task within a bigger project. Give yourself deadlines and keep track of your progress.

2) Dwelling on your biggest challenges.

When you make a plan, hope that things work out but don't necessarily expect them to. There are things that will be out of your control so not all will go according to plan. Be able to roll with the punches instead of getting discouraged when things don't go your way. Adapt your plan to the changes along the way as opposed to setting things in stone--leave that for the long-term goals.

3) Scrapping the idea.

Putting your career-changing plans on hold temporarily can easily turn into an indefinite hiatus. When a desire to something is sparked the best time to act on it is right away. Doing that allows you to continue to build on that spark's momentum. Shelved ideas tend to go stale so take advantage of them while they're fresh in your mind. Any amount of progress you make from that point, no matter how small, can prove to be just enough to take you further.