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Chapter 19. Get a Career—or Change the O... > Striking Out on Your Own: The Advant... - Pg. 204

Get a Career--or Change the One You Have 3. 204 Not thinking about the big picture.To move from being, say, a computer hardware repair technician to a systems analyst, for example, you have to think creatively, strategically, and analytically. Making a career change requires that you see the connection between what you've done and what you can do in the future. Many people have trouble seeing the path they need to take to get the career they want. They keep saying, "I'd like to be a _____, but ..." Instead of focusing on the barriers and giving in to the "buts," focus on being resourceful, persistent, and creative until you come up with a plan that will work. Quicksand! Don't assume that the only kind of change you can make in your career is a drastic one. Sometimes, staying in your same type of job, but with a new employer or in a different industry, is enough of a change to improve your professional life. Don't make your career quandary more complicated than it needs to be. 4. Having a negative view of career change.Some people are miserable in their jobs, feel like fish out of water around the people in their profession or industry, and know that they'd be happier doing something else. But no matter how much they would like to make a change, they feel that doing so is somehow wrong. Some people worry that they'll be labeled flaky or a job-hopper. Others feel guilty about losing the time, money, and effort they've invested in