career changechange jobsHow to Sample a New Career | Career Coach Sherri Thomas

October 19, 2009by Sherri Thomas5

Career sampling is a great way to test drive a new career without investing a lot of time, or risking your paycheck. Here are three great strategies to help you determine if a new career is right for you…

  • Take on an extended assignment. Look across all the departments within your current organization to see if there are any projects or teams that interest you. Many times managers and project leaders jump at the chance to have someone join their team – even if that person doesn’t have any experience. This is a great way to test the waters of a new career.

    Also, are there any external initiatives that inspire you? Many companies have community programs and special events that you may be able to support. Finally, talk to your manager, peers and other department managers to see which professional and civic organizations they’re involved in. Take advantage of opportunities that could help you learn about new industries or job roles.

  • Try freelancing or consulting. If you’re thinking about owning your own business, try setting up shop first as a freelancer or consultant. You’ll be able to set your own hours, develop your business plan and gain some experience before investing all of your time, money and energy full time. It’s also a great way to earn some extra cash!

Sherri Thomas


  • Ann Wrights

    April 11, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Good post, I found this right in time. I’m going to have to bookmark this site for future reading. cheers Mate.

    • admin

      April 12, 2010 at 2:47 pm

      Hi Ann!
      Thanks so much for your kind words (and enthusiasm for the blog!)
      Welcome to our Career Coaching 360 community. It’s great to “meet” you 🙂

      Cheers to you too, Mate!
      Sherri 🙂

  • Legalsounds

    April 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    A thoughtful opinion and ideas I will use on my website. You’ve obviously spent some time on this. Thank you!

    • admin

      April 30, 2010 at 12:40 pm

      Hi! Thanks so much for your comment on my blog post.
      …I actually do put in a lot of time thinking before I start writing 🙂

      To your success!
      Sherri 🙂

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