Do You Really Want to Change Career

Do You Really Want to Change Career

Change Career

Sometimes people change their career very successfully, on other occasions people ‘follow their instinct’ and resign from their job, only to discover later that things do not work out.

If you are thinking about a new career, the first thing to ask yourself is – is it actually a new career I need, or would a similar job with a new employer be best? If you are unhappy at work, consider carefully whether it is the job or the company that you don’t like. Employees who feel undervalued, feel they have been overlooked for promotion or who are not getting on with colleagues may be best advised to find a new employer within the same business sector. After all, when looking for a new role it is much easier to find a job for which you have direct relevant experience.

If you decide you really do want to change career, then think carefully about the next step. What are your skills, and for which other occupations do you have the necessary transferable skills?

Make sure you research your intended new occupation meticulously. At interview, your prospective new employer will want to know why you want to move into that line of work and that you understand what the role involves. If your intended new occupation requires you to take professional examinations, ensure you know what level of commitment will be needed to complete these.

Find out if it is realistic to start your new career at a similar salary level. You may think you are following your dreams by switching career, but we all have bills to pay.

So there are certainly risks involved with changing career.

Increasing numbers of people are becoming self-employed, attracted by the idea of becoming their own boss. However, changing your career in this way can carry even higher risks. The biggest issue might be where you get clients from, and while you are building up your business, can you earn enough to maintain a comfortable lifestyle?

One possible strategy you could adopt is to carry on your regular occupation part-time. Then for the rest of the week you either start a new part-time role in another area, or you start your own business.

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