We have all considered it; changing careers is an idea that is likely to pop up in everyone’s mind sooner or later. This is nothing to be ashamed of, nor does it mean you’re not great at your current job. Maybe you’d like more free time or a more flexible job so you can pick up your children from school every day or cozy up with a book all afternoon if you feel like it.
Maybe your current career isn’t speaking to you anymore, and you feel the need for a change before it consumes you and you burnout.
These are all real possibilities and if making that career change is constantly on your mind, here’s what you should consider.
Sit down and give yourself a few minutes to write down the first five things that cross your mind as to why you’d like to change your career.
Once you’re done, go through the list and say those things out loud – do they sound important enough that you wouldn’t mind the hard work it could take to change your career?
If the answer’s no, then you probably have an important why that may only make sense to you, and that’s okay: it’s your career, your life, your why.
Do you have a plan?
Now, the next step is to consider if you have a plan. Do you need to quit your current job and if so, how long before you need to hand in your letter of resignation? Is there anyone you should inform of this change? Family, or coworkers you’ll be sad to not see daily anymore?
Most importantly, what information do you have about your new career path? What certifications or skills are required to start this job?
Being well-informed is vital before committing to what’s possibly a life-changing decision.
Working from home?
If your new career path involves you working from home, you should also consider if you have the space to do so. Creating a balanced life-work routine is important for long-term happiness.
Another thing to consider is if you’re working from home, do you need new equipment? Maybe you’d like to start a carpenter’s business, but you need to get customers, so you consider live streaming some projects to get people’s attention – do you have to invest in something to get started or have you thought about what live stream platform you’ll use?
Again, being prepared is essential.
Will it make you happier?
Is this maybe one of your “whys”? Even if you have to work harder, you’ll be happier in this career – whether it’s working from home, having your own business or connecting with people all over the world inyour own terms. If this decision will make you happier, then it’s the right why for you.
Go for it!
After careful consideration of the different points mentioned, and if you’re feeling this is the right decision for you especially now, having read this article, then just go for it!
Launch yourself into a new challenge and you’ll be rewarded in the long run.