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The 10 Worst Mistakes Career Changers Can Make

The 10 Worst Mistakes Career Changers Can Make

Take your career in the right direction.

Barbara Reinhold, Monster Contributing Writer

Changing careers is never easy. Half the world thinks you’ve lost your mind, headhunters say you’ll never work again and your relatives contribute the old “I told you so” routine. But for many burned-out, bored or multitalented folks who are sitting on skills they’re not getting a chance to use, changing fields is the only way to keep from losing their marbles.







8. Be Careful When Using Placement Agencies or Search Firms

Do some research to be sure to find a good match. Ask those who work in the field you’re trying to get into or other successful career changers for suggestions. Try to find a firm that knows how to be creative when placing career changers – not one that solely focuses on moving people up the ladder in the same field.

9. Don’t Expect a Career Counselor to Tell You Which Field to Enter

Career advisors are facilitators, and they’ll follow your lead. They can help ferret out your long-buried dreams and talents, but you’ll have to do the research and the decision making by yourself. Anyone who promises to tell you what to do is dangerous.

10. Don’t Expect to Switch Overnight

A thorough career change usually will take a minimum of six months to pull off, and the time frequently stretches to a year or more.

Changing fields is one of the most invigorating things you can do. It’s like experiencing youth all over again, except with the wisdom of whatever age you are now.

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