Heather S. Hughes has a great post at the Black Star Rising photographers' blog where she discusses making the career change from newspaper staffer to wedding photographer. It looks like her career transition should go well -- and the reason is how well she's planned for it. As she puts it:
I chose wedding photography because it is stable (people will always get married), requires advanced planning (most are booked at least six months out), and will still allow me to work as a freelance photojournalist on stories I care about. I am taking the plunge now because wedding season starts soon... To my credit, or not, I am an obsessive planner and enjoy organizing and making lists ... I read a lot of books to help me with my lists, and things were added to it each week, which is why it is important to start this process before you leave your job, so you aren't rushed into making mistakes. Lists also help you figure out what will make you happy and what you really want. They can reassure you that you're making the right decision.
We know what many of you might say in response: I'm too busy -- too engaged -- in my current job to start planning for what I'll do next. Believe me, we understand. And that's one of the main reasons we created RiseSmart. We know that $100k+ managers and executives often don't have 30 to 40 hours per month to devote to searching for their next job online. And so we do it for you. Now what's your excuse for not planning ahead? ABP. Always Be Planning. It's about the best career advice we can give.