Career Shift: Change For The Better

By Malavikka

Sometimes, doing the same thing over and over again might get you bored easily. A job is very much a routine and there are possibilities for you to get bored of it either for lack of satisfaction or rewards.

A career shift might be a big step to take as you would be treated as a fresher discounting your experience in another area of expertise. But when you choose happiness over routine, it takes a leap of faith and love for adventure to accept whatever it takes to face the transition. Here are some tips for you to keep in mind when changing:



Ask yourself why you want to change the job and what kind of change would make you happy. If you love travelling, take up journalism. If you love maths, become an accountant.

Make Credible Goals

You might not be able to become an astranaut from a cartoonist, but you can surely become someone else with the qualification and talent that you possess. So jot down the professions that suit your qualification.

Career Shift: Change For The Better


If there is a profession that you really love, but do not fit into the eligibility criteria, check out the exams that can get you a ticket to secure the position and study for it. If you are an engineering graduate but do not want to become an engineer, instead serve your country, you can attempt to get into civil services by taking up UPSC exams or enrol in the army.

Research and Search

Pick out your cup of tea from the list of ideas and research about it. Check both the pros and cons to get a rough idea of what the jobs you like might be. A media job might look glamorous on the outside, but only when you thoroughly analyse on the nature of job, you might learn the long working hours and high pressure that needs to be handled.

Expertise Counts

Ask the experts. It is important that you find people who have already taken the path that you want to take, when it is something very new. Search for experts from your acquaintances or google about them. Ask a techie, which platform does good in a software. Java might not do as good as C program or mobile computing might do better than network security.

If it is someone that you don't know, send them an e-mail. Don't forget to make it friendly, humble and appealing enough for a stranger to reply back.

Stay Updated

Read the newspapers for relevant news about your job. If you want to become a chemist, read about the new chemicals discovered or a scientist's interview. Update your knowledge on the specific subject and make yourself confident of working in that field.

Celebrities around the world who made a positive change before hitting stardom:

  • Actor Rajinikanth was a bus conductor before he was hailed as a superstar in acting.
  • Johnny Depp was a telemarketer. He sold pens and in an interview recalled selling pens to people who don't want you to call them.
  • Walt Disney was a newspaper editor. The founder of The Walt Disney Company started out as a newspaper editor, but was apparently fired because "he lacked imagination and had no good ideas."
  • Author of the best selling book Harry Potter J K Rowling was an English teacher before she became Britain's 13th richest woman
  • Actress Jennifer Aniston who is famously known as Rachel in the sitcom "Friends", was a waitress when she first started to make a career.

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