Changing your career can be one of the most exciting times in your life – but it can also be scary!
There is no denying that it can be a giant leap when you move away from what you have been doing for years and into something new, even more so if you intend to open a store or sell services.
But – if there was ever a time to try something out for yourself, the last few years have been it.
Why do people want to change careers?
It often comes down to wanting to make more money or looking for more profound work satisfaction. Being miserable in your work is no way to live. Considering just how long we spend at work, it can significantly impact our mental health.
Some jobs carry a much higher stress rate, less free time, no flexibility, and even no room for promotion.
So if you have been looking for a sign to tell you that it is time to look for something new, this is could be it.
The most important part of choosing to follow a new career path is how you feel and think. It can be difficult to take stock of the changes you want to make and how you want to deal with things unless you take the time to do it.
Writing down how you feel after every day at work for a few weeks will start to highlight where you can see improvements. It can also help you settle on a new career option.
- What do I enjoy about my current role?
- What would I change about how I work now?
- Am I satisfied when I leave work?
- Does my current role use my potential – or can I reach my potential within this role?
- Would I be willing to take an internship to learn new skills?
And most importantly, if the industry you want to go into requires some qualifications, are you willing to create the time in your life to gain them?
You might already be in the industry you love, but you might not yet have the role you desire. In which case, it is time to look at how you can progress your career to the next level.
Switching careers can mean moving to another side of the industry you are in, to one adjacent or a new one entirely.
There is a significant shift to move into the IT sector of the industry someone is already in. It’s not too difficult to find easy IT jobs that pay well – so long as you’re willing to put in the work.
After you have answered the questions about your satisfaction and how your future looks in your current role, this can be enlightening as you move forward.
You might discover you are happy in your industry but need a more challenging role.
It can be a lot of fun to spend some time taking career quizzes online. You might not find your perfect career, but you might find a lot of options that you hadn’t thought of yet!
Any careers or industries that sound exciting – write them down. You can then use this list to narrow down your options as you research the role further.
Once you have laid out all of your options, you need to start thinking about your next steps. Setting yourself some goals will help you plan a path to get you into your desired career path.
No matter what you have chosen as the top of your list, you need to look at the required steps to get there.
For example, will you need to retrain or get new qualifications? If so, are there options that you can try for free before committing? Do you have the time to dedicate to learning – what would you have to do to make it work?
As part of the overall plan, you should also consider just how long it would take you from this point to get into the career that you would want. There can often be courses that have links to companies that hire once you have completed the course.
It would be easy to consider every day that you aren’t in your career of choice a waste and become unmotivated to finish your plans.
Instead, it is essential to remind yourself as you go how much closer you are now than you were before.
As part of your goal-setting process, it is crucial to understand how much impact goals can make; read more here: Why Goals Matter Way More Than You Think.