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You graduated and took the wrong job – now what?

Unfortunately, I have met far too many people who, like myself a few years after graduation, realized that they took the wrong job. There are many reasons why this happens.

With the growing frustration that many students and recent grads experience from the lack of responses to their applications and employers ghosting them, it is no wonder that some will jump at the first job offer. Then there are those who just want to check off that box and be done with the process, without much self-exploration.

Finding yourself in the wrong job early in your career can be very stressful, and building a career transition plan is the only way to make sure that your next move is the right fit.

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Answer These Questions Before You Change Careers

Understanding why your decision was flawed is essential in helping you during this career change to make certain that you don’t make the same mistakes. Ask yourself:

  • What didn’t work about the job I took?
  • Did I fail to ask the right questions during the interview process?
  • Is this the right company for me?
  • What steps did I take to thoroughly research the job and the company?
  • Did I pick the wrong career? Am I disinterested in the career path of the job I accepted?
  • Am I using the skills and knowledge that I gained from my coursework and work experience?
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We Can Help You Plan Your Transition

You are probably feeling confused and anxious once you decide that a career change is the best path forward. At Priority Candidates, our coaches have worked with many young professionals looking to make a successful career pivot. Our carefully crafted plan can include:

  • Our Career Assessment Program, which helps our clients to identify specific jobs/careers that are an optimal fit for their behaviors, interests, and thinking styles.
  • Helping uncover networking opportunities with people in similar jobs and careers to gain a more in-depth understanding of the jobs you are considering, the career trajectory, and the alignment with your goals and aspirations.
  • Identifying any skills gaps and making sure you get the technical training required by today’s skills-first hiring environment so you get a job and succeed in your desired career.
  • Understanding how to present and align your past experience and soft skills in an interview so a potential employer can more readily see your fit for the role they are hiring for.

If you feel that you are in the wrong job or role, don’t be afraid to make a career change. The sooner you do this, the easier it will be. Think about the mistakes you made in taking your current job, and make sure to take a more thoughtful approach, thoroughly researching your options and understanding what will work for you.

Our Career Coaches at Priority Candidates have helped many clients execute a plan to make a successful career transition – we can do the same for you.

Let’s talk about how you can find career success

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