Top 5 Things to do When Considering a Career Change

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Time to Change

More people than ever before are deciding that they wish to undertake a career change. The global financial crisis has been a factor in forcing many people to change their careers through being made redundant, for example, however for many it is a step taken as a positive choice in their own lives.

Due to the significance of changing career, there are a number of steps that should be taken first in order to ensure that a career change isn’t looked back upon as a colossal error of judgment.

Explore Yourself

What are the reasons for you wanting to change career? You may have reached a point in your current role where you have been successful and aren’t able to achieve anything else. Alternatively, you may feel you have become stale and have lost your motivation. So long as you take a long look at yourself and the reasons for doing it are positive and will benefit you in the long term, then a career change could well be a good thing.

To Do What?

Saying you want to change career is all well and good, but what are you going to do, and are you likely to find yourself in a similar situation in years down the line? Many people decide to follow a dream, perhaps take up a job related to a hobby they have pursued for many years, which ensures that they aren’t going to get bored quickly or regret their decision.

Put to one side your disillusionment with what you are currently doing and consider how your potential new role will make you feel.

Look at Others

If you have a young family, are the main earner, and are looking at taking a job that you would enjoy more but see a 40% reduction in household income, then now may not be the best time to be looking at a career change.

Whatever your circumstances, ensure you are not putting yourself in a sticky situation financially or in any other way by changing your career.

Seek Advice

If you are bored in your current role and feel you need a change, rest assured that you are not the only one. Discover an online forum where you can speak with advisors or other similar individuals to yourself who are thinking of changing their career.

Spend some time within your potential new position, either visit the business or ask people within the industry or sector what it is like so that you are sure you’re making an informed decision.

Trust In You

Once you have made the decision to change career and have explored everything else, the most powerful thing you can do is to trust in your own decision and move forward in a positive manner.

Begin to explore potential opportunities for employment elsewhere, and ensure that you never look back wondering what might have been.

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