February 23, 2018

Can You Feel A Career Change Coming On?



Sometimes, whether you’ve been in your chosen career for one year or twenty, you can feel as if it’s just not right. Things change, companies change, job roles change, and when they do, you can start to wonder if you might like a change yourself. But, when you start to think that you’re in the wrong career, you can wonder just what you’re meant to do to find the right one.

So, when that starts to happen, you’re going to need to step back and consider your options. Because even if right now, you’re feeling a bit confused and have no idea what it is you want to do, or how you’re going to figure it out, finding out what to do with your career and your future is actually a lot easier than you think. Especially when you work through these key steps.

Consider Why You Want A Change

First of all, you’re going to need to pinpoint the reason why you want a change. There are so many different reasons for why you want a new career, but to figure out your next move, you need to understand your reason. Sometimes, it’s because you’re suffering from too much stress, or the money is bad, or you could just be bored with your work and feel as if you need a challenge. Regardless of the exact reason, you just need to be able to work it out to know what to do next.

Write A Pro-Con List

Now that you know exactly why you’ve felt inspired to change careers, you going to need to work out what it is that you want to actually do for work. To get started on that, it helps to work out what you like and what you don’t like about your current role. So, it’s time to write up a Pro-Con list. Even if you have a lot more on the Con side than you do on the Pro, this list will help you to work out career choices that will be good for you.

Envision Your Ideal Working Life

It can also help to try and visualize your dream job. What does that look like? Are you traveling or working with people? Are you in a huge company, or working by yourself? It’s not always easy to identify your ideal career, but it can definitely help to consider that that dream situation looks and feels like in your mind.

Do Some Research

As your ideas start to come together, you’re going to want to start researching your options. Whether you’re leaning towards teaching, or training to become an architect, you’re going to want to thoroughly look into each career choice to see if it would a) be realistic to do, and b) if it will be a career path that you’re going to really enjoy.

Think About Your Salary

Then there’s also a salary to think about. Sometimes, you can hate the well-paid job that you have, but taking a huge pay cut to do a job your love just isn’t feasible. So, you need to know what sort of salary you’re looking for. Likewise, if you want a much higher salary, you’ll need to discover what you need to do to get that. Looking into average salaries for different roles and gender pay gap reporting might also help you to find the right role.



Identify Your Strengths & Weaknesses

When a career starts to sound good to you, you’re going to want to work out whether it could be a good fit for your personality type or you working needs. Just like you wrote out that Pro-Con list for your career, you’re going to want to do something similar for your strengths and weaknesses. It’s important for you to objectively think about what you’re good at and what you suck at, to know if the career choice is feasible. For example, if you’re bad with numbers, becoming an accountant wouldn’t be the best of ideas.

Consider Different Kinds Of Environments

Make sure that you’re also considering all of your options too. If you work in an office, and you’ve always worked in an office, maybe working in an office is the problem! Why not think about starting a career that is based outside, in a store, on the road or even working from home? By considering all different kinds of working environments, you’ll be ruling out the wrong options.

Understand The Prospects

While doing your research, you should also make sure you look at the prospects of each career. If you’re an ambitious person, and a job role you’re interested in has no room for development, you may get a little bored. But by considering the career path of each role, you’ll be able to see if it seems right for you and know what to expect.

Think Outside The Box

At this point, you might be getting closer to pinpointing your perfect career path. But, if you feel as if you’re never going to figure it out, try to think outside of the box. There are so many different and varied career choices; you just need to make sure you consider them all. You might even want to consider your passion – could you make a career out of it?

Make Yourself Desirable

Now that you know what you want to do, you’re going to need to work on bagging a job. So, it’s important to know that you need to be hired. Do you need to study or train to be in the field? Do you need experience? It’s important to work it out now so that you can get yourself set on the right track.

Try It Out

And if you really want to be sure that your new career choice is right for you, try it out! There are so many different benefits to interning, but if can also be a great way to work out if that job or career path is right for you, without any long term commitments.

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