Sowing the Seeds of Change

You know that it is time to make a career change, but, there is a certain comfort and safety to your current position. We have developed some simple no-risk steps to get you started drawing a map of where you want to go.

Similar to when you are taking a trip, it is important to know where you are and where you are going.

Where are you now?

First, examine your current position. While you know your job doesn't make you happy, it is an important exercise to find out the specific reasons why. Separate your roles and responsibilities into three categories: what you like about your job, what you don't like about your job, and what you hate about your job. Keep the lists close by when you are deciding on your next move to ensure that you make the right move.

Where do want to go?

Picture yourself in your car with friends driving around trying to find a restaurant. No one can decide where to go, so you drive around until you get lost. It is extremely frustrating, and you have only lost a half tank of gas and 45 minutes of time. When you do the same thing with your career, the costs are much higher.

Start by taking the JVIS. In the same time it took you to find that restaurant, you can gain valuable insight into what your career interests are. JVIS.COM draws several career maps for you.

Compare your JVIS report to the 'where are you now?' list that you made earlier. This should help you decide which roads you should follow.

Is the weather nice?

Now that you have decided where you want to go, it is important to know if it is worth the trip. Explore job growth in that industry, income levels, potential advancement, and if there is an opportunity in your geographic area.

Do you have everything you need?

Evaluate yourself relative to the type of career that you want. Do you have the skills and requirements that you need? If you are making a career change, you may want to look into education and training options to increase your chances of success.