The 5 Biggest Mistakes Career Changers Make

which-way-signs-KATHY CAPRINOAs a career coach and a career reinventer myself, I can confidently say that changing your career to something that is more suited to your values, needs, skills, and interests, is doable today, even in these tough economic times.  But to switch careers effectively and achieve a positive outcome, you need four things: clarity, courage, confidence, and competence. Without these, you’ll most likely struggle hard and fail.  Further, there are core steps you must take to ensure you are emotionally, financially, and professionally ready for this next step and for the eight important stages that you’ll undergo.

Step one to successful career change is to take off your rose-colored glasses, and get hip to your own trip about what you’ve created so far, and how you’ve potentially contributed to the challenges you face.  Start to hold yourself more accountable than ever before for what’s in front of you.  If chucking your career is appealing, certainly explore career change, but make sure you take concrete steps necessary to avoid the five top blunders many experience.  These missteps will wreak havoc on your life, relationships, health, your check book, and your future.

The 5 biggest mistakes career changers make are:

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Kathy Caprino

Kathy Caprino

Kathy Caprino currently runs a leadership and career success coaching and consulting firm focused on the advancement of women. A trained therapist and coach, Kathy has had the pleasure of working with over 10,000 emerging women leaders at Fortune 100 companies, national women's conferences, non-profits, academia and startups. Kathy has also served as a graduate instructor for New York University and career trainer for Mediabistro. She blogs for Forbes, Huffington Post, AARP's Life Reimagined and her own Ellia Communications career blog. Kathy is the author of Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman's Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power and Purpose. You can reach Kathy at www.elliacommunications.com, Amazing Career Project, and connect on Twitter @kathycaprino, Facebook, LinkedIn, and on Google+.

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