Itching to Leave Your Job? Try Career Sampling.

October 21, 2009 by · 20 Comments 

In previous posts I’ve discussed job sampling as a way to test drive a new career with little risk. Here are a few more ideas on how you can “try out” a new career.

  • Volunteer your time. This is the quickest way to gain insight and experience into a new career.

    Research company websites, read trade magazines, and attend industry conferences and business networking events to learn about volunteer opportunities. Volunteer your time and talents, and in return, learn all you can about that industry, different job roles, and the skills and qualifications of others who have been successful in those job roles that interest you.

  • Join a Professional Organization. Most cities have organizations such as the American Marketing Association, American Medical Association, Small Business Association, American Society for Engineering Education, etc. which provide excellent education, training and networking opportunities.

    Consider attending meetings, becoming a member, or stepping up to join their Board of Directors. Take advantage of every opportunity to learn about various industries and career opportunities.

If you’re itching to leave your job for something more meaningful or invigorating, then try career sampling. It’s less risky, less stressful, and a smarter way to transition into a career that’s right for you!

About Career Coach Sherri Thomas
Sherri Thomas is a leading career coach who helps professionals transform and thrive in their career. She is a leading career coach, Huffington Post writer, globe trotting keynote speaker, and the 2013 Best Career Book author of “The Bounce Back – personal stories of bouncing back higher and faster after a layoff, re-org or career setback.” As a sought after media source, she has been featured in top news outlets including NBC-TV Phoenix, the Wall St. Journal, TIME, New York Daily News, Monster.com and many others. She loves traveling around the world and learning about other cultures, thrives in nature, and will always encourage you to go on what she calls a life changing Kenyan safari because the 30-hour flight journey “isn’t that bad.”

20 responses to “Itching to Leave Your Job? Try Career Sampling.”

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    • admin says:

      Hi Cornelius!
      Thanks so much for your kind words (and enthusiasm for the blog!)
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      Sherri 🙂

    • admin says:

      Hi Cornelius! Thanks so much for your comment (and enthusiasm for the website! :))

      To your success!
      Sherri 🙂

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      To your success!
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      Sherri 🙂

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      Hi! Thanks for your comments (and kind words) about my blog posts! 🙂
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    • admin says:

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      To your success!
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      Hi! Thanks so much for your comments and enthusiasm for my blog posts!
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