A Wealth of Experiences – Changing Career

People change careers a lot more than they once did; typically at least five or six times in a person’s working life. This sounds a little strange until you stop to consider the little twists and turns that life offers up, which seem so small at the time and turn out to be life defining. Managing a career is all about seizing opportunities within a strategic plan, but sometimes those opportunities lead to a path previously undiscovered: and a whole new world of opportunities unfolds.

Changing career without changing career: evolution
Perplexing as it may seem, sometimes the biggest change happens within the smallest adjustment. A florist may find that by moving to a new city or adding an extra skill, that floristry career opens up into something very new and exciting without diverging fundamentally from the original path. This is basically an evolution of a career, drawing new skills and experiences into something that is already working well and bringing job satisfaction.

Seizing the day
Alternatively, some opportunities present a difficult choice: follow the chance of something great, or stick to what you know. If you choose to be adventurous, changing career for something wildly different, you invite change into your life to present all manner of new people, experiences, skills and career development. You might find that your ‘old’ career actually bonds itself to the new in strange and wonderful ways, perhaps paving the way for a unique specialization.

A veterinarian turned teacher can use knowledge of animals and a carer’s instinct to impart this in young people, a business person who turns to farming can increase their odds of success on the land through established business smarts. There is a risk/reward ratio that runs through life, which generally applies the greatest reward to those willing to take the greatest risk.

People often fall into careers that don’t in the end deliver satisfaction. They may have been pushed by well meaning parents or teachers, or may have just developed into different people as time passed by and now need something different than before. Usually, it is a case of one thing leading to another. When a promotion is available and it requires relocating to the other side of the country and re-skilling in a new field or a competitor makes a job offer at a higher salary: these are the decisions that can spin a career into a whole new direction.

We can easily imagine the flight attendant turned travel consultant, who does a great job and shows a flair for marketing; thereby being promoted to a head office role. Still working in the travel industry, our example worker is slowly becoming more marketer than trave specialist, seeking out further training in the marketing field. The next step for this individual might be a marketing role with another company, which in turn brings new experiences and perhaps another career change down the track.

Every person’s life is a journey, and our working lives are a huge part of that voyage. Every different choice we make and path we select begins to form the bigger picture of our working careers. Like our fingerprints, the experiences we have along the way makes us unique as employees, with a distinct employee ‘brand’ to showcase to employers.

Changing career is not something to be fearful of, but rather represents the wonderful moments in life when we are propelled in new and exciting directions.

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up? Let A Career Personality Test Help

In high school, teachers wanted to test our knowledge and measure our improvements in subjects and so they gave us tests. Even though it may have been a few years since high school and evaluative tests, it may bid you well to take a test or two when searching for a job. There are several different kinds of tests you can choose from including personality tests and career satisfaction tests. As a job seeker, finding a career that fits with your personality, interests and financial desires should be a priority.

A very popular test to begin with is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, also known as MBTI. It’s a series of preference questions that takes about ten minutes to complete. Your results are one of sixteen types, represented by extraverted or introverted, sensitive or intuitive, thinking or feeling, and judging or perceiving (i.e. ISTJ). After you’ve completed the assessment and received your four-letter result, it gives a short description of your personality type and a few jobs that are appropriate for your type.

There are many different websites that offer career tests such as Careerpath.com, a division of Career Builder. The assessment called “What Job is Right for You” consists of career preference and personality questions, similar to the MBTI test. Instead of receiving your results as four letters, you’ll receive a color (red = expediting, blue = planning, green = communicating, yellow = administrating). Careerpath.com also offers “Job Discovery Wizard”, Job Satisfaction Quiz, a Career Planner Quiz, and many more.

Careerfitter.comassesses your work personality, similar to the previous websites. The site provides a long list of possible careers that match your test results, giving you the opportunity to see a greater range of possible occupations dependent upon your personality. They offer a free version and an upgrade, which offers more features.

TypeFocus.comclaims that their tests are scientifically validated, proving their validity and evaluation effectiveness. By concentrating on three traits: personality, interests and values, the site strives to provide “Success through Self-Awareness”. Their tests do not promise that they will help you find the perfect job, but they will help you make some decisions regarding your career.

Lastly, Queendom.com provides a large variety of tests such as a concentration and focus skills test, a leadership style test, a management skills and styles assessment, plus many more. The tests are concerned with relationships, attitude and lifestyles in addition to career-oriented assessments.

Taking a personal assessment test is not going to guarantee you a job but if you’re struggling with choosing a direction or you don’t know what kind of careers would suit you, it’s not a waste of time. Discovering your true personality traits may help you discover the path that you are supposed to travel.