There are many reasons why people decide to change careers. One that we hear of often is cancer. A cancer diagnosis can cause people to think about their lives in a way that they hadn’t before — and it can make them realize that they want to do something entirely different. An article on The Job Network website recently outlined four key steps for making your desire to change careers become a reality.
The article lays out the steps and then goes in depth to help you think through each one. The four steps are:
- Figure out what it is you really want to do.
- What is the road map to get there?
- Update your resume.
- Build your network, and then work it.
It’s important to remember that you aren’t alone in wanting to make a change. Switching careers is incredibly common these days, and many of the most successful people we’ve heard of started out on entirely different paths. The article lists some of these high-profile figures, such as Walt Disney, Harrison Ford and Julia Child. So keep them in mind if you’re feeling daunted or discouraged. It can take time to figure out what’s right for you, but it’s worth it in the end.
For the full article, click here.
Other helpful articles on changing careers after cancer include “Exploring Your Options” and “Finding Meaningful Work,” in our Looking for Work section.
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