Making Positive Changes for a Positive Future in IT
Making a Career Change to IT
You might have read it only takes 21 days to form a new habit, but when you try it out for yourself, you have no problem reverting back to your old ways on Day 22. So what gives? As it turns out, the idea of developing a positive change in 21 days was a misinterpreted quote from Dr. Maxwell Maltz. Maltz actually states it takes a minimum of 21 days to make a permanent change, and it can take much longer depending on the change you are looking to make. Studies now show it takes anywhere from 18-254 days to make a change, with the average person taking about 66 days to establish a new habit.
These numbers might seem daunting, especially if the change you are trying to make is to entirely change career paths. However, with the right tools, you can create a positive change in your future with a new career in IT. Are you ready to make a positive change in your life and join the IT industry? Check out our tips to help set you up for success!
How to Make a Career Change
To make a career change you need to make SMART goals, power through the rough patches, celebrate all victories, and continue aiming for success.
We know you’re intelligent, but are your goals SMART? Create a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Maybe there is a new skill or program you have been meaning to learn that can help further you in your career. It could even be a goal of signing up for a training program to help get you started in a new career path. Following this format of goal setting will help keep you on track with your new path in the world of IT. Your accomplishments will feel that much greater when you can say exactly what it is you have achieved and when you achieved it!
Power through the rough patches
Hardships happen, especially in the world of IT. When you are just starting out in your new career path, there may feel like a lot of roadblocks before you reach your end goal. Don’t let this scare you! Powering through these spots is what helps create a stronger IT professional. With every broken line of code or lost network driver, you are learning more skills that help shape you into the IT Pro you were meant to be. Recognize that this feeling of being stuck is only temporary and you can make it to the finish line, which brings us to…
Celebrate all victories
Even if you are not yet at your end goal, there are plenty of milestones to celebrate along the way! All your smaller achievements add up to complete the big picture. With each completed link or security wall you enabled, you are putting your talents to work and enforcing your skillset in your new IT career. Recognize the hard work you have put into improving your career and keep pushing yourself to reach your end goal!
Continue aiming for success
You made it to the end, congratulations! Take time to celebrate your achievements, and keep your positive momentum moving forward by setting your sights on your next goal. Keep striving to complete certifications, start a side hustle, or target a job title that you know you are qualified for. If you can make it to the end of this goal, there is no stopping you and what you can achieve!
Are you ready to make a positive change in your career? Start on the right foot and visit Centriq’s IT Career Program page. We can help you decide what area of IT best matches your skills and get you on the right track for your next career change in only 4 months!