5 for Friday: Changing Careers Edition

If you’ve ever considered a career change, you’re not alone. Not even close. In fact, you’re in the company of the majority of working-age Americans. Although change can be frightening, the good news is, there are plenty of resources to help you take those first steps.

This week’s 5 for Friday provides articles with information about what it takes to launch a career change.

  • Many Professionals Are Ready for a Career Change. Baseline: “If you’ve ever sat at your desk and asked yourself, ‘Is this all there is?’ with respect to your career path, you’re in good company. A majority of professionals are interested in making a career change, according to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the University of Phoenix. And you’d be surprised at how prevalent this trend is: A significant percentage of well-paid, successful C-suite executives are interested in exploring their career options. What are the reasons for this desire for change?”
  • 5 Reasons to Consider Changing Your Career. Mashable: “Have you ever felt like there has to be more? That there must be a job out there that would suit your skills, passions, talents and lifestyle better than the one you’re dedicating your time to now? Maybe you have — but if you’re like many people, you also might be feeling held back and wondering if a career change is even an option. After all, abandoning a professional life you’ve worked hard to build for something totally unknown can be really, really scary.”
  • Home vs. Office: Where Should You Work? CNNMoney: “For a while, working from home was the hip corporate perk. Best Buy got glowing press for its Results Only Work Environment in which corporate employees could work anytime, anywhere. The federal government embraced telecommuting arrangements, in part for the ability to regroup in emergencies, and several studies showed that telecommuting had upsides for performance and retention. But over the past year, there’s been a shift.”
  • 7 Careers You Can Switch to Without Earning Another Degree. Brazen Careerist: “Need a career change? Whether you’re a seasoned professional out of a job or a 20-something ready to take your next step, you’ve got to start a new career. Right. Now. You just don’t have the time (or the cash) to start from scratch with a new degree. So, how can you hack the system? Find careers with short training time or jobs you can prepare for while holding down a day job.”
  • 10 Things to Do When They Radically Change Your Job. Forbes: “What would you do if your responsibilities at work radically changed out of the blue? You weren’t promoted or demoted; you were just suddenly expected to complete tasks totally unrelated to your job. It’s not common, but it does happen, says Connie Thanasoulis-Cerrachio, a career expert and co-founder of SixFigureStart, a career coaching firm.”

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