Choosing the New Career
Before you turn in your letter of resignation, you'll want to create your plan. This plan begins with deciding what career field will make the most sense for you to pursue. Take out a sheet of paper (or open a new word processing document) and brainstorm. What sorts of things do you enjoy doing? What kind of experience do you have? If money were not an issue, what would you do with your time? Even if you were not going to be paid well, what would you enjoy doing?
Now you have a list. It's time to do a little research. Do you enjoy cooking and coming up with menus? If so, you might want to look into the hotel and restaurant management industry. Are you good with your hands? A switch to construction may be in the cards for you. Do you have a way with people? You might wish to look into becoming a human resources person. Pick two or three options, and make a list of steps you would need to take in order to be able to fulfill the requirements of that position. For example, it's possible that the hotel and restaurant management industry appeals to you. What would you need to do in order to manage a restaurant? Is culinary school an option?
For each of the options, write down the skills and experience you already possess that could be applied to that position. When you're done with this exercise, you should have three career options written down and a rough sketch as to what will be involved should you choose to pursue any one of these options.
You should choose the career path that is the most promising. What that means is that you should select the path that is a good balance between preparation, drive and rewards. Which option presents the most opportunities for growth? Which will you have to invest the least amount of time in preparing for?