Switching Careers? Avoid These Mistakes at All Costs

Smitten by the media? You’re not alone! If you’re in another industry vying to get into ours, welcome aboard!

There are a few key pointers to keep in mind while making the leap . Tips are courtesy of our friends at Brazen Careerist — please don’t be that guy or gal.

1. Keep it all in your head. Let’s say you’re looking for an editorial position. At first, the piece points out you’re optimistic! Excited! Downright hopeful! All of the sparkly aspects of the job come shining through.

In your head, that is.

And just like that? Wah wah wah (insert game show music here). You did not win the grand prize!

Doubts creep in, you second guess yourself and wonder how you’ll get a foot in the door while taking a step back in salary. The piece continues, “With a sigh, you mentally cross off the possibility of going down this career path.”

The remedy for this situation is to get out of your head. Talk to people, go on informational interviews and get realistic about daily responsibilities of the job.

2. Confuse short and long-term goals. Are you looking to get out of a miserable job or are you looking for a long-term switch? If you’re looking for the latter, you may wonder if it’s worth it. After all, it is going to be a long haul.

What’s a leaper to do? The piece suggests approaching “leaving your job and building your new career path as two separate tasks.” Your first task is to get out of your current job and into one that’s better suited to you. That’s for the short-term.

Then you can focus on the long-term goal of your major career move.

3. Trap yourself with a negative outlook. Go ahead, we dare you! And see how gloomy your new prospects become in your mind. It truly is a state of mind so if you’re thinking negatively and feeling stuck or hopeless, chances are your progress is stalled, too.

Instead, become self-aware. Notice what you’re thinking. Per the piece, begin to write down your thoughts and see how they’re impacting your actions.

Next, flip it upside down. Instead of thinking, “I’m not qualified for this job,” you can convince yourself, “I am a quick learner and capable of tackling it!”