In previous posts I’ve discussed job sampling as a way to test drive a new career with little risk. Here are a few more ideas on how you can “try out” a new career.
- Volunteer your time. This is the quickest way to gain insight and experience into a new career.
Research company websites, read trade magazines, and attend industry conferences and business networking events to learn about volunteer opportunities. Volunteer your time and talents, and in return, learn all you can about that industry, different job roles, and the skills and qualifications of others who have been successful in those job roles that interest you.
- Join a Professional Organization. Most cities have organizations such as the American Marketing Association, American Medical Association, Small Business Association, American Society for Engineering Education, etc. which provide excellent education, training and networking opportunities.
Consider attending meetings, becoming a member, or stepping up to join their Board of Directors. Take advantage of every opportunity to learn about various industries and career opportunities.
If you’re itching to leave your job for something more meaningful or invigorating, then try career sampling. It’s less risky, less stressful, and a smarter way to transition into a career that’s right for you!