One of the rewarding aspects of being a professional in the 21st century is that everyone can reap the benefits of change. Although changing a career can be confusing and uncertain, it can many times help you find the position of your dreams. This process can be simplified down into three steps: define, research and network. Define Your Ambitions The first step in finding a dream career is to brainstorm what makes you “tick”. What are your interests and passions, and where does your energy come from naturally. A useful technique for this is to mind-map. Write down keywords and make trails; run with it, and see where you end up on paper. Also, read the newspaper, and see what parts you find yourself reading the most. It’s important to know what exactly it is that you like, so you can next relate it to a career choice. Once you have decided your “tick” list, be sure to research certain career paths until you end up with one you believe is fitting. Research is an important foundation of your career choice. Learn and Try Once you have decided on an area of work, the specific job that you want may still be fuzzy—and that’s okay. Begin by exploring the industry, whether it may be Real Estate, Advertising, Marketing, whatever it is, learn who are the key industry players and what they are doing. Next, utilize tools like LinkedIn to network with people in the industry. Put yourself in a position to be successful. This means going outside your comfort zone and networking. There are many resources out there waiting to be utilized. It may also be useful to start formulating your entrance into that specific industry. You need to figure out if you are going to create the job entrepreneurially or find a job that fits your needs, wants, and resources. Create or Find This can be the scariest part of making a career change; it’s gut check time. You have defined your interests and learned about what is out there. Now it’s time to leave your current stable job and move into a relatively uncertain and new field. Utilize job boards like Indeed and Monster to help find a fitting opening, or create a specific job on your own. Doing it on your own will involve quite a bit more effort and time to get things started, but it can ultimately bring more reward, considering that you would be working for yourself. Final Thoughts If at any point along these steps you decide a career change just isn’t for you, that’s okay! If you truly feel the need to follow a different path, just remember to go all in. The more dedicated you are to the destination, the easier your journey will be.