What to consider before making a career change

Deciding to make a career change can be a frightening and daunting endeavor. There are so many things to consider, and sometimes it’s easy to feel trapped and almost like you have to choose between following your passions and dreams, and supporting yourself financially.

  1. Seek a balance: At times, we may be compelled to chase positions and titles that are not to our liking, as part of our instinctive efforts to get ahead in life. However instead of chasing after wealth and success, perhaps our goal should be to find the perfect balance between fulfilling our financial needs and finding happiness. If you’re considering a career change, spend some time figuring out what really makes you feel content, fulfilled and stimulated.
  2. The passion cycle: When you are enthusiastic, passionate and proud of the work you do, you will probably invest more time and energy into improving yourself and you will be able to strengthen your overall abilities and skill set. This will eventually result in you becoming an expert in your field, and at the end of the day an expert will always have higher earning power.  Remember though, every job will involve tasks that you don’t like and sometimes they are necessary.
  3. Consider a change instead of resigning: If you really don’t feel fulfilled in your current job role, but are happy at the company or organization that you work at, then consider speaking to your management about changing departments or joining a different team and taking on a new challenge. This is a practical option, and will enable you to explore new opportunities and an alternative career path, without having to resign altogether.
  4. Check your savings: It’s always ideal to have a job in place before handing in your letter of resignation and if that’s not the case, make sure that you check your savings account and have enough money to sustain yourself during a career switch or interim searching period. Finding a job that you love is important, but at the end of the day, certain bills will always have to be paid and there’s no need to put yourself through the stress of trying to make ends meet whilst looking for a new career. If you take the decision to move jobs or careers, do it in a well-planned and rationalized manner, so that you can maintain a sense of stability (at least financially) whilst starting your new journey.
  5. Listen to others and make a decision: It’s always useful to get the feedback of family and friends before starting a new career, however at the end of the day, you have to take responsibility for your decision. If you want to change your career and if there’s an element of risk involved, then you have to manage it to the best of your ability and live with your choice. There’s no use ever blaming family and friends if your new role doesn’t work out because you followed their advice. That being said, if you do embark on a new career journey – then do so with an open mind and positive attitude.