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Jumping to a New Career? Here Are Some Tips For You

Here are some things to consider before deciding to change from one career to another.
Here are some experience-backed tips and advice on jumping ship from one career to another, coming from people who made the jump.
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Many of those employed are longing to make that career pivot. Jenny Blake, a career strategist with Google's Career Guru program, said people should not think of their careers like a ladder where there's only going up or going down. Instead, anybody can make that pivot and change their careers.

Feeling dissatisfied and unfulfilled in your career and wanting a career change? Take the leap, but before you do, here are some tips from four career-changers who succeeded, according to The Guardian.

Save Up for the Jump

Camille O'Sullivan, an architect-turned-singer, advises saving up and setting a date for the jump. Those who fail to save up for a specific set date for the career change will be tempted to put it off for longer, thinking that they're not ready for it.

O'Sullivan, who decided to shift to singing after an accident, had to live with her savings. Her jump was worth it, though: She now earns up to more than $115,500 per year, and is performing around the world.

Check for Free Learning Opportunities

Visnja Drinjovski, a former ballerina with the Serbian National Theatre, advises checking for free online courses. She prepared for her new career through free tutorials from Google and YouTube. She is now a Computer Programmer.

Although she had to move back in with her parents to cope with the loss of income, she was able to get her first job as software developer after 10 months. She now earns more than what she did as a dancer.

Keep Your Doors Open

Harpreet Baura, who used to earn about $127700 per year as a lawyer, suffered from having zero earnings when she decided to start her own bakery. She said her savings were "slowly depleting," but instead of thinking that she will still have enough to get by, she decided to take the next step: by not closing old doors and reaching out to her old contacts.

Baura offered her baked creations - cupcakes - to event planners at her contacts' companies. Now, her bakery, Crumbs Couture, is the "go-to" cake company for many of London's elite.

See A New Career as a New Investment

Luke Rutterford, formerly a TV documentary sound recordist, decided to quit his career so that he could give more of himself to his three kids. He stopped filming and decided instead to apply as a pest controller.

Rutterford applied what he learned from "pest from hell," one of his documentaries, in pest control. Although he suffered a 50% pay cut at the start, he was promoted several times and is now leading Rentokil's specialist workforce.

He adds that the jump was worth it: He is now able to spend more time with his kids, and earns more than what he would've made if he stayed.

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