The new year is the absolute perfect time to start something new, whether they be goals, resolutions or simply promising yourself that it is time to switch careers. Are you bored, or uninspired by your current job? Does it leave you feeling drained rather than fulfilled? If so, it is time to make 2018 your year.

Ever fancied a job in airline and airport management? Or perhaps you have let your dreams of becoming an artist collect dust? Here are some tips for switching careers in 2018.

1. Make Sure You Have Enough To Tide You Over

Nothing in life happens immediately, and the same goes for switching careers. You may be someone who is lucky enough to find a new job instantly, or you may fall into the category of “between jobs” for a while.

This is why it is so important to ensure that you have enough money to tide you over this period. The last thing you want to be doing when embarking on a new journey is to be worrying about not being able to pay the month’s rent. Consult a financial adviser if you need help, and be prudent with spending in this period of time.

2. Prepare Yourself Physically

Switching careers is not just a mental or emotional change in life – it is a physical one too. Whether you need to clear out your old files, rearrange your office, change your desk or get yourself a new office chair – make sure your home office is changing along with you. New career, new mindset! Out with the old and in with the new!

3. Identify Growth Opportunities

Just because you are leaving one job or career for another doesn’t mean that you have to leave everything behind. Identify the transferable skills that you have, explore what they are and then identify what type of training or development opportunities would help you grow into your future career. You may have people management skills, organizational skills and creative skills that you can further grow in your next career!

4. Set Some Smart Goals

Now that you have decided to finally take the jump, the time has come to set some SMART goals. What are SMART goals? Well, it refers to Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely goals. These are the goals that will help you get where you want to be with your new career.

It might be an idea at this stage of your planning to buy a diary or personal planner to keep track of both your progress and your goals. This will allow you a central place that you can look back to if you start to get sidetracked or begin to wane in motivation. There are a variety of companies that sell a 2018 diary specifically designed for this purpose, for those that are interested in going down this route.

5. Find An Accountability Partner

Have you ever considered working with a career coach?

A career coach is someone who can provide you with more clarity, advice, assist you with branding your resume and help you navigate interview and networking processes. This is something that is highly beneficial for anyone who is looking to change careers.

Don’t want to use a professional service? Then look for an accountability partner – this can be your friend, family member or significant other. Just make sure they are objective about your strengths and weaknesses.

6. Network, Network, Network

One of the best ways to get a new career up and going is to network. You can do this simply by connecting with like-minded individuals in the same industry on LinkedIn or even go to networking events where you can mingle with others. You never know who you may meet online or at these events. So get yourself out there.

7. Keep An Open Mind

 When it comes to a brand new career, sometimes, you need to keep an open mind. This means you may have to do a little freelancing, shadowing or even some unpaid work in the beginning. Always remember, starting afresh is not easy, but nothing rewarding ever came out of anything easy!

There you have it, 7 awesome tips for switching careers in 2018. We wish you all the best with your brand new adventures and future endeavors!