Updated: May 30, 2021
The year 2020 was filled with career challenges and obstacles. Many faced unexpected job loss and career changes. It proved that at any time anything could happen and brought new meaning to the term job security. For many, having to suddenly switch careers or facing unemployment was detrimental. In any case, starting over is never easy and many struggled with figuring out the next best steps to take in their job search efforts. The question of how to switch careers after not being present in today's job market remains a mystery for some after working in a single career industry for many years.
Although it can be a blur at first, there are many ways to approach your next career adventure. An easy way to start is by identifying career strategies that work well with your lifestyle. In the world of business, when it comes to narrowing down best objectives, companies and organizations use a strategy called "streamlining." Businesses use this method to do away with procedures that are no longer needed or that are no longer serve the best interest of the company. Make your efforts more efficient and effective by using this method to simplify your career planning.
Here are three ways to streamline your 2021 career plan.
1. Remove all the unnecessary parts, anything that does not coincide with your career goals. Consider what it is you would achieve. Be honest with yourself in terms of what you wish to accomplish in your career lifetime and what is not necessarily important to you. What benefits will you gain from the opportunity? Will it advance you in your career? Will it save you more than it will cost you? What skills will you take away from it? Does the opportunity offer training? Figure out the pros and cons of the industry and decide how much time, energy and effort should be put in to pursuing it. Determine if the career choice is short term or long term. Ask yourself does the it serve your purpose?
2. Avoid common skill barriers by developing your professional strengths. Anytime is a great time to learn a new skill set. The internet is a convenient way to find free resources and career information. It also offers links to career development training some which include certification opportunities. The goal is to do what is necessary in achieving successful outcomes along your journey. Certain careers will require more academic background than others. You will save yourself time by initiating learning new skills and developing old ones. Having some knowledge is better than having none. Having knowledge and experience at least puts you in the game.
3. Target specific connections. Seek out others who are in the same field or industry that you are pursuing. A great conversation is a great way to build your network. Speaking with someone knowledgeable in the field can strengthen your ideas or point you in the right direction. Engage in dialogue with those who share a common interest in your career path or the industry that you are interested in. This allows you share your thoughts and ask questions. Seek out people that can give new information and resources that you are unaware of.