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The Right Time to Make a Career Change

Are you in a good place in your career but think maybe it’s time to move on to something better?  How do you know when is the right time to make a change in your career or if it’s best to stay where you are?  Here are some things to consider when evaluating your life and career.  



1) Evaluate Your Current Situation

You want to review your career skills and interests, and evaluate your satisfaction with your current situation.  If you have additional education you have been considering, now is a good time to pursue continued education.  


2) Discover Your Unique Career Vision

Figure out where you want your career to go. Where do you want to be in the next 5 years? 10 years? What are the current trends in your career field?  What motivates you?  What skills are most beneficial to a successful career in your industry? What positions and organizations fit in your vision? 


3) Develop A Plan 

Outline your short and long term goals in order to achieve your career vision. Short term goals should be attainable within two to three years, long term should be attainable within three to five years.  Your short term goals should be stepping stones to reach your long term goals. The goal can be a specifc promotion within the same company, or maybe you have your heart set on working for a specific facility or organization.  Whatever the goal is, set the plan to make them happen. 

Once you have your goals, develop an outline and timeline to make it happen. This will layout specific tasks that need to be completed in order to reach your goals.  


4) Make it Happen

Find a mentor. A mentor is someone who can guide you, they will assist you in navigating your career path. They csn help you better understand your strengths and the areas you need to work on. You want to choose someone you trust and eho is admired within your industry. Be sure to keep your mentor apprise of your plans and goals so they can properly guide you as you grow within your career. Review your resume and profiles are up to date with all of your information. 

Network, network, network. This is one of the biggest keys in growing your career in today’s job industries, the more you network, the more opportunities that can come up to help grow your career.  


Finally, never stop learning.  You will never know everything there is to know, especially in the medical field. Continue to educate yourself, whether it be reading the latest articles pertainning to your field or continuing education classes, continue to learn and grow. Once you have your plan written out, use it as inspiration and let it help keep you in the right track to reaching your goals.