When it comes to dramatic career changes, rapper Coolio surely takes the cake.
Last year he made the decision to sell the rights to his entire back catalogue of songs to fund his cooking career, which has so far brought us the hilarious, best-selling and apparently pretty tasty ‘Cookin’ With Coolio’ cookbooks and online show.
Unfortunately not everyone has the luxury of selling their award-winning songs to fund their dream career. So for regular people thinking about making a major change, here’s what you need to know.
Are you sure?
A huge 49 per cent of Australians don’t think they’re in the right career, so if you’re thinking about making a move, the good news is you’re not alone.
But it’s important to differentiate between being in the wrong career and not liking your role, boss or employer, because a career 180 is a major decision, and a job is a lot easier to change than a career.
Plus, starting in a new industry usually requires taking a few steps back in terms of role and salary, too, so it’s not a decision to make on a whim after a particularly bad Monday at work.
Before arriving at an answer, think about your skills, values, passions, and what you want to achieve in your career and life. Could your current career ever satisfy those goals, or is a career change the only option?
Have a plan
Once you’ve decided to change careers one of the biggest mistakes you can make is to quit your current job without a plan.
So, before you storm into your manager’s office and unleash your resignation with both barrels, make sure you’re fully prepared.
Research the industry you’re targeting and the type of role you want, and see if there’s any further study you’ll have to do to get a foot in the door.
It’s a good idea at this stage to reach out to people already working in the field too, or if that’s not possible chat with an industry recruiter.
Then it’s time to update the resume, brush up on those interview skills, and start the process of actually getting a job (you don’t have to let your current employer know, necessarily).
You’ll also need to have a financial plan in place to get you through the transition.
It’s great having your eye on the prize, but don’t be too stubborn. Be prepared for setbacks and changes and don’t lock yourself into a must-have salary.
Is moving interstate or abroad a possibility? Is now the best time to switch industries? Can you take a course to build relevant skills and improve your employability? The more open you are to different options, the easier it is to make a change.
For example, volunteering is a great way to get a foot in the door, and is a good chance to see if it’s what you really want to do without committing to a contract.
Whatever happens, once you’ve made the decision to shift things up, back yourself to succeed and commit to making it work.
Coolio had to sell his songs to follow his dream, but now he’s a celebrity chef. Proof, really, that anything is possible.
“Let me be perfectly clear. You ain’t cooking with fire. You ain’t cooking with heat. You’re cookin’ with Coolio, motherfucker!”