It can be both daunting and liberating when changing your career. Perhaps you’ve come to the realisation that your current job just isn’t for you, for whatever reason. Research has found that only a small percent of Britons say they want to spend the rest of their career where they currently work. So if you’re considering a career change, there are some factors you should think about before you make the move.
Are you only working for the money?
We obviously all need some sort of regular income to survive, but you need to ask yourself if you are getting any job satisfaction where you are. No matter what job you have, there will be good days and bad days, however if all you are having are bad days, you may want to consider a change.
Have you done your research?
Do you know what industry you want to move in to? Do you know the different areas you want to be involved in? No matter where you’re working, you’ve most likely worked hard to get to the position you’re in, so make sure you’re not giving it up on impulse. Think hard about what it is you’d really like to do, even speak to career advisors or recruiters for some advice.
Are you prepared to start at the bottom?
One of the most nerve wracking parts of wanting to change your career is moving into a new industry or sector and the thought of being ‘new’ or the ‘beginner’ again. It may be the case that you have to start at the bottom and work your way up. A pay cut and a longer commute could also be part of your new job, so make sure it’s worth it.
Will a move make you happy?
The most important part of considering a change is, will it make you happy? If you’re thinking of making a career move, there’s clearly something you’re not very content with and it’s important to address that. Even though it may be hard at first, it could pay off for you further down the line!