Finding Your Professional Passion

Changing careers may seem daunting, but with careful planning you could create the business life you want

Get some experience. Volunteering is a great way to acquire experience and networking contacts, especially if you’re transitioning to the nonprofit sector. You can donate your time as often as your schedule permits.

Identify potential employers. Once you have some experience under your belt, list the top 10 organizations that attract you, advises Cousin. “If you want to be a buyer, for instance, think about the top 10 retail companies that can provide that job.” Once you have identified them, get face time by arranging informational interviews, he adds.

Do a financial assessment. Changing careers could lower your salary by as much as 50% as a new entrant. Carefully assess what it will take to manage your financial obligations and what adjustments you can afford to make to your lifestyle.  BE

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