So you’re thinking about changing careers? You’re not alone. That thought must cross many minds at any given time of the day. But a little frustration at work shouldn’t be the deciding factor in making a course change in life.
Grab a pen and paper. Take a little inventory about your current employment.
- Has your life changed? This could entail any number of factors. You’re married now and you have kids that you want to spend more time with. In other words, you need to work in an environment that’s more conducive to your current lifestyle.
- Are you overwhelmed and feeling highly stressed? There aren’t many jobs that don’t come with some stress. Burnout is another thing entirely. Or perhaps you’ve lost your enthusiasm for your work. This should be a long standing issue, mind you. Changing careers because your boss or co-worker is getting on your nerves doesn’t count.
- Is your market looking gloomy? Is the economy wreaking havoc on your industry in general and your employer in particular? Yes, it might be a good time to contemplate a new adventure. Start exploring a company or field that has a more promising outlook for the future.
- Is the work boring? There’s no longer a challenge to what you’re doing. You’ve hit the ceiling on what your employer has to offer in terms of training and advancement. It may indeed be the right time to consider new challenges and opportunities.
- Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money, Mo’ Money! This was saved for last because it’s the most common and obvious reason why people change careers. Never forget that studies have shown most people don’t necessarily find a job satisfying because it pays well.
We all want a job that suits our needs, values, interests, skills and lifestyles. Before chucking any current employment and field, make sure you’re ready for the next one. Are you sufficiently trained and educated? Can this new field give you comparable compensation? Would you be giving up a decent, hard earned position for a lower tier one with less pay because you lack experience in that field?
Address all the issues between your current employment, your life and how change may affect all of them.