About three years ago I wanted a change. I studied Psychology but I did not work in my field. I thought of changing my career. But what would I do? I did not want to go back to school. I also needed a salary to pay my expenses. I already worked 6 to 7 days a week and made just enough. So where would I even find time to research what I wanted?
So I started with time management and used the bullet journal method. I needed to know when I had time to research.
Researching my new career path
First, I researched which field had the most job offers. Secondly, I researched which field was in need of applicants. These were points I had not researched when I chose my major before but now I would take that into account. My new chosen field would be IT.
Next I researched how I could get a job in IT without any degree in the field. Advice from others was to look at traineeships. After finding two job offers I took my time making a new resume that looks professional and inviting. Then I wrote my motivation letters. I took my time writing and reviewing it about a week in total. Within a month I was hired and I quit both my jobs.
I changed my career path and started a traineeship in IT. Resulting in an assignment with a big insurance company as a Business Analyst. But that was not enough for me. I also started to follow more courses for personal self development. I became a certified NLP Master Practitioner.
Six months ago I finished the traineeship. I was hired by the company I had my assignment. Within two years I doubled my income.
If you are trying to choose a degree or/and a career I would advise you to:
- research the demand within the field
- search for companies where you can get experience
- ask people within the field (recent graduates can tell you what they struggle with)
- update your resume and give it a personalized look (I made mine for free in Microsoft Word)
- Take your time to write your motivation letters and target the company you want to work for
What struggles do/did you have within your chosen career path?