Tips For Changing Your Career Path In 2013

  • Karpal’s faithful aide until the end – Bernama
    Karpal’s faithful aide until the end – Bernama

    The name Michael Cornelius Selvam Vellu may not be as famous as the man he was serving – renowned lawyer Karpal Singh – but his sacrifice will remain in the annals of Malaysian history for his devotion to his boss. It would be suffice to say that Michael was literally the man behind Karpal, since the 39-year-old, would push his boss around in... …

  • Johor quarantines 64 villagers after first MERS death, says report
    Johor quarantines 64 villagers after first MERS death, says report

    Malaysia has quarantined 64 people in a southern village after one of its residents become the country's first person to die of a respiratory illness that is spreading from the Middle East, local media reported today. At least 71 people have died from the so-called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, out of more than 200 infections in... …

  • Water theft cost us RM1.6 billion a year, says body – Bernama
    Water theft cost us RM1.6 billion a year, says body – Bernama

    Water from leaking pipes and water theft, collectively known as “non-revenue water” (NRW), accounted for major losses amounting to RM1.6 billion a year throughout the country. Association of Water and Energy Research Malaysia (Awer) president S. Piarapakaran said the loss of treated water before it reached consumers because of leaks in old... …

  • Above all, Karpal was a great father
    Above all, Karpal was a great father

    For as long as I have been aware of this thing called “politics,” I have been aware of Karpal Singh. As a boy, my image of him was often humorous, based as they were on classic Lat cartoons. A particular favourite has Mr Karpal looking gigantic in full court regalia holding aloft a coconut scrapper with one superhuman hand while pointing... …

  • Muslims not encouraged to use ‘RIP’, says National Fatwa Council
    Muslims not encouraged to use ‘RIP’, says National Fatwa Council

    Hours after the death of Karpal Singh, Muslims were told by the National Fatwa Council today they were not encouraged to use the phrase “Rest in Peace" (RIP) to a non-Muslim because the term had Christian connotations. In a statement issued on its website, www.e-fatwa.gov.my, the National Fatwa Council said Muslims could express their... …

  • Amid furore over Karpal jibe, Perkasa distances itself from Zul Noordin
    Amid furore over Karpal jibe, Perkasa distances itself from Zul Noordin

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 — The right wing Malay group, Perkasa, has distanced itself from Datuk Zulkifli Noordin, who had earlier tweeted that the passing of veteran DAP politician Karpal Singh was... …

At this time of year, when people are just returning to work after a break from the office, many begin to contemplate the thought of another year passing by in the same job. But before you rashly start firing out your resume, it's important to give due consideration to a move. Is it your job you don't like, or your career? Could you make a change at your current employer or do need to move on entirely? Here we look at some questions and considerations for those thinking of changing careers in 2013.

Why Are You Considering a Change?
Is this desire simply a dose of the January blues, or is it really the time for a change? You should ask yourself carefully why you are considering leaving your current employment. If you're going to change jobs in a difficult job market, you want to be especially sure that you are making the right decision by identifying the true reasons behind your feelings. Is it that you've worked there a long time and have learned all you can? Do you not feel valued by your employer? Has your role evolved as a result of a restructuring or changing business priorities? Are you having conflicts with colleagues or management? Have you missed out on promotions and feel your opportunities are limited? Is there a different job that you feel would be more satisfying?

What Do You Want From a Career?
Once you know why you want to leave your job, you can then ask yourself what it is you want to get from your working life. Once you know this, you may in fact realize that you can achieve the change while staying with your current employer, perhaps by moving to part-time work or asking to transfer to other areas of the business.

You have to identify how you like to work and what your core values are. For example, is it important that you do good work, that your efforts are recognized, or are you looking for status and importance? As for the work itself, do you prefer less paperwork and administration? Do you prefer to work as part of a big team, a small team or on your own? Do you want to travel, work from home or have flexible hours? All of these questions will lead you to a better understanding of where you want to be in the future and what you should be trying to negotiate in your current role, or what you should be looking for in your next one.

Michael Woodward, Ph.D., organizational psychologist and author of "The YOU Plan," encourages job seekers to take the time to examine these factors. "Diving in head-first without looking is likely what landed you in the situation you are currently in," he warns.

What Are Your Skills?
Whatever job you might want, it's crucial you have the skills to do it - so take stock of what you have to offer your next employer. Even if your new career is a total departure from your previous job, there is likely to be some crossover of skills. Consider what you already have direct experience with, and which skills could be transferable to a new career. Do you have organizational abilities, people skills, management experience, project management skills or a talent for getting new initiatives going? These are all examples of transferable skills.

Research
After establishing a clear idea of what you'd like from a new career you need to gather more information before you are ready to apply. Look into what jobs are currently available in the sector, determine what experience you'll need and find out if the salary is going to be enough to live on. Will you need any extra training before you are employable? Can you speak to any people currently doing this kind of work?

If you know you want a change but don't know what into, recruitment firms or career coaches can help. If you have given thought to the questions suggested, this will stand you in good stead as you will be able to articulate what you are looking for and what you can bring to a new role.

Andy Teach is author of "From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder One Rung at a Time" and also a corporate veteran. "You've got to do your homework and do it slowly," he says. "Making a career change is a life changing event and it's not a decision to be made lightly."

The Bottom Line
Changing careers is a big step, and while you can never guarantee you'll find your dream job - you can certainly increase the chances. Taking stock of your current situation and critically examining what is important to you will ensure that your values are aligned with your potential new line of work. So take your time, think and research thoroughly before you take the leap.

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    My dad was in KL to see me, says Gobind

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  • Langkawi BN MP pokes fun at Karpal Singh’s remains The Malaysian Insider
    Langkawi BN MP pokes fun at Karpal Singh’s remains

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  • ‘Huge’ Hindu, Buddhist statues against Islam, ex-judge says The Malay Mail Online
    ‘Huge’ Hindu, Buddhist statues against Islam, ex-judge says

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