Now that you know what you have and what you need, below are a few steps that can help you make this transition.
Try to leverage your current experience as a foundation for your next career move. A good starting point is to communicate your career ambition to your immediate supervisor. This will help if you plan to make a move within your organization. Use their input to improve your current career skills. If your plan is to take up the next opportunity in a different organization, this can still help you build your strengths based on the feedback you receive.
Develop a strong support network, whether it is within your organization or elsewhere. The network should include colleagues, friends, relatives and clients to name a few. Emphasize what you can offer and let them know what you are looking for. You never know how and when an opportunity will knock on your door. Also, don’t forget to keep in touch with your past colleagues and employers.
Find a Mentor or Coach
When you talk to successful leaders across the globe, they tell you that they had someone who helped them in their career development, either actively or passively. It is always good to have someone looking over you and guiding you, just the way we guide our children. Find a mentor(s) or coach to guide you through various stages in your career.
From the above exercise, you now know if you need any formal education or training. Plan on gaining the necessary knowledge whether it means taking a class, going back to school or simply educating yourself.
No matter where you are in your career, or what industry you belong to, the steps above can help you plan for you next move. Prepare yourself and make yourself ready to take advantage of any opportunity that arises. Dream big, plan your steps and take action. No matter how frightening, action is what get results.