Take Action

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Once you have a plan, it is time for action!

Action steps

Gain experience

Start by asking yourself, what types of skills and experience do you need to move into your dream job? Dipping in your toe to a new field can also help you determine whether or not it is a good fit for you plus helps you build your network.


11 ways volunteering can help you find a job


Adult internships a growing trend

Internships are not only for students

Part-time jobs

Side gigs or freelance work can be another great way to gain experience in a new field.


What’s next?

Go be happy and successful in your new career! We wish it were that easy. The career change process often takes place over a couple of years. Here are some tips as you move forward with your plans:

  • Life is unpredictable so remain flexible and make the most of unplanned events by:
    • Keeping your options open
    • Testing your dreams
    • Not being afraid to make mistakes
    • Taking action on your interests
  • Career changes usually evolve over time – transition to a new industry can take up to two years.
  • Consider a transitional job while pursuing a new career.
  • For now, pursuing your interests via volunteer work may be enough.

Remember, our career planning model is ongoing and circular. Revisit the assessments in Know Yourself, go back and Explore (more) Options, Get (re)Focused, and keeping Taking Action!