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Chapter 19. Get a Career—or Change the O... > Changing Your Career Field - Pg. 203

Get a Career--or Change the One You Have 203 Don't put off making decisions about a career direction just because you're waiting to find your calling. You might think that the perfect career choice will miraculously come to you some day, but that happens for very few people. You're more likely to choose a career based on a methodical process of elimination than by feeling a calling toward one occupation. The books, Web sites, and organizations listed in the appendixes can help you find the tools and experts you'll need to work through the career planning process. Changing Your Career Field Identifying a new direction to head in as a result of your desire to make a career change is an important first step in changing careers. But that step won't mean much if you don't use that infor- mation to actually make the change. If you find yourself unable to get moving, remember what you learned about the change process in Chapter 6, "Making Sure You'll Really Do It This Time." Whether you're trying to change careers or make any other sort of life transition, change takes time, effort, and support from the right people and resources. It doesn't come easily or quickly. As a result, change is a process that's vulnerable to procrastination every step of the way. Having watched thousands of would-be career changers strike out on the career transition road with high hopes and enthusiasm, I've observed five main pitfalls that keep many of them from making it through the process to a new career. The following are those pitfalls, along with strategies for avoiding them: 1. Not having a plan.Career consultants who guide career changers through the transition process know that you can't get from Point A to Point B without a plan. That plan usually involves steps such as research, networking, self-assessment, preparing tools (such as a transitional resumé), learning to speak the language of the new field, and identifying interim