Fancy A Career Change? Here’s Three Tips To Help Get You Started

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While it is an unstable and uncertain time economically, and in the world generally at this moment in time, if you are currently unhappy in your job and professional life, you shouldn’t let this stand in the way of a career change.

No matter what you might think, and no matter what stage you are at in your life, whether that be twenty-five or forty-five, it is never too late to shake things up professionally. And if you need proof and motivation, look at all the success stories out there of both men and women who have found great success in life thanks to a change in career. A great example is JK Rowling, who famously started writing Harry Potter on a napkin in a cafe after being turned down by 12 publishers.

While it most definitely can be scary and overwhelming, a change like this could make your life better in a way that you might not even be able to imagine right now, and if the recent pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that life is too short to not go after what you want. Here are three tips to get you started down the path to a career change.

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Make sure you actually want a career change

When people hate their jobs and are dissatisfied, more often than not, it is the people that they work with, as well as the environment, that contributes to unhappiness rather than the actual field itself. Before you go off making any rash and drastic life decisions, really take the time to think about whether you actually want to change your entire career or just the job you are in right now – maybe you are down the right path, but simply in the wrong job. Even if you hate the job, maybe the industry is still a good fit and one that would interest you if you maybe had a slightly different position that was a better fit. Take the time and do some research into what other positions are out there that link to your current field and consider them first. 

Upskill 

With all of us spending more time at home, now is the perfect time to make use of any extra time that you have and invest it in yourself by taking up less-traditional ways of gaining experience to make the significant career change you want. Understand yourself, and get familiar with, your new chosen field, and do some research first. Look up job boards, like this pediatrics career search site, and look at what experience and skills are needed to be considered. Once you are armed with knowledge on the skills and qualifications that are required, you can look up online courses, and even degrees, that you can do either full time or in your spare time on evenings and weekends. Not only do you get to gain more skills and qualifications, guaranteeing that you will be seen as a more desirable candidate, but it also gives you a chance to make sure you like the career path that you are choosing to go down and make sure you still want to follow it. Even if you don’t require any official qualifications, it never hurts to upskill to broaden your opportunities. 

Take care of your finances 

With any big life change, it’s essential to make sure that you are financially healthy first to ensure that you are ready for the change. If you are going to be starting a bit further down the ladder than your current position, you will need to accept that you will need to make some financial sacrifices, at least for now, and will need to give yourself time to create a financial plan and budget to be able to adapt to your new earnings. Learn about the salary structure and expectations of your new career as well, and what you can realistically expect to earn. Look at pay scales on the internet, do research and talk to people who are already in the field. Either way, you will need a very clear picture of both, and if finance isn’t your strongest area of expertise you can always talk to a professional for advice to get your money back on track, and of your mind, to allow you to focus on making the giant leap. 

 

 

 

Advice To Help You Succeed In Your Career

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Working takes up a lot of your time, so it makes sense you want to be doing a job you love. When you work in a gratifying role, it won’t feel like work, and you’ll look forward to heading into your job each day.

Even if you enjoy what you’re doing, there are no guarantees that you’ll succeed. It takes dedication, commitment, and a willingness to give it your all if you want to surpass the competition. The following advice will help you excel in your career so you can shine and put your best foot forward.

Set & Review Your Goals

Your first step is to take the initiative to set goals, so you know what you’re after in life. Commit to working hard to find a career path that is challenging and rewarding for you. Review your list of goals often to keep them top of mind and to remind yourself what you’re working toward. Don’t be afraid to make a career change based on what you find you’re most passionate about from a professional standpoint. Staying in a boring and dead-end job will likely cause you to feel unmotivated and may take a toll on your mental health.

Advance Your Skills & Knowledge

You should always be ready to learn if you want to succeed in your career. Do your homework and figure out what next steps you should be taking to advance your skills and knowledge. For example, if you work in dentistry, then you might want to develop your talents and take a teeth whitening training course to expand your client base and help people have a better and more beautiful smile. It’ll be a great addition to your skillset and your clinic.   

Communicate Well

Effective communication is essential to finding success in your career. You have to be able to flex and adapt to other people’s styles and not let your emotions get the best of you. With the advancements in technology, it’s essential you not only know how to hold an in-person conversation but write a well-composed email too. You have to be able to get your point across concisely, and clearly, so there is minimal confusion and back and forth between you and the other party. You not only need to know how to talk to your boss and coworkers but also clients, depending on your job role.

Never Give Up

Another piece of advice to help you succeed in your career is to never give up on yourself or trying and to stay mentally strong. For instance, you may lose your job one day, or someone else might get a promotion over you. You have to use these events to motivate you to try harder and keep powering through instead of giving up and giving in and assuming you’ll never be able to make it to the top. Learn from your mistakes and believe in yourself and focus on what’s in your control so you can continue to overcome professional obstacles and prove to yourself and others you have what it takes to succeed. 

 

 

How Much Do Lawyers Cost? A Breakdown

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According to the American Bar Association, there are currently 1,328,692 attorneys in the United States. This allows room for a wide diversity in experience and attorney fees.

When you are trying to determine “how much do lawyers cost?” be aware that the amount of attorney fees you pay depends on the details of the case and the type of case you have. Here is an overview of attorney fees in the United States that shows the different billing methods attorneys use. 

Hourly Rates

On a national average attorney fees run $100 to $600 per hour. Rates for a new attorney or one located in a small town are more likely to be in the lower range. An attorney with years of experience, a high success rate winning at trial, or in a large metropolitan area will likely have higher rates.

Flat Fees

Some attorneys bill on a flat fee basis. The attorney estimates the amount of time it will take to resolve your case and will charge you one flat fee rather than billing on an hourly basis.

To your advantage, if the case takes longer than the attorney estimates, get more than you paid for. If the case takes less time than the attorney estimates, the attorney makes a better profit.

Contingency Fees

In a contingency fee, the attorney only collects a fee if they win your case. The normal contingency rate is 33.3% of the award. This fee is common for lawsuits such as personal injury and workman’s comp. The attorney fees, expenses, and liens are paid first, and then the client receives the remaining funds.

Overview of Total Charges

In addition to the attorney fees you pay your lawyer for appearing in court, your billing may reflect additional items including;

  • Court filing fees
  • Travel time to court
  • Phone conversations with you or others pertaining to your case
  • Court appearances
  • Time spend conducting research
  • Time spent drafting complaints, motions, depositions, and correspondence
  • Reviewing discovery, correspondence, emails from you, opposing counsel, or anyone else pertaining to your case
  • Office expenses such as copy expenses, the printing of evidence photos, process server fees, etc.

If your lawyer has a legal assistant or paralegal performing work on your case, your bill may reflect those services at a lower rate.

Retainer Fee

This is an up-front payment you make to retain the attorney’s services. The attorney then holds this money in an IOLTA account and withdraws money as they earn it while working on your case. Your monthly billing statements will show the work the attorney has done and the balance remaining on your retainer.

Consultation Fee

A large majority of attorneys offer free consultations. They look over your paperwork, advise you on what they can do, and quote you a price to retain their services. There are some attorneys that charge for consultation appointments.

When scheduling a consultation appointment, inquire as to whether or not there is a fee and how much time you will have to meet with the attorney. One of the qualities to look for on how an attorney will handle your case is the courtesy and professionalism of their staff on the phone.

How Much Do Lawyers Cost?

Answering the question “how much do lawyers cost?” is difficult because every case is different. Each type of case and attorney preference combine to determine the billing method. The best course of action is to schedule a consultation with an attorney to discuss your case.

They will advise you on the billing method for your case. If you decide to hire them will have you sign an attorney fee agreement. Make sure you understand your financial obligations prior to signing.

If you found this information helpful we invite you to check out more blogs for a wide variety of topics and information.   

 

 

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