Feeling the itch to reassess your situation and contemplating career change is completely normal – especially when your lifestyle in general changes.
This could be because your kids have started school or college, you and your partner are getting set to retire, or are already retired and looking for something to keep you busy.
It is reported that on average, people change their career direction at least four times in their life. We change as we age and our circumstances change, so it makes complete sense that we would also want to change the direction we are taking our lives.
Most of our time is spent working, so be sure to be doing something you are passionate about.
If you are questioning your current career path, here are some important points to help you make the right decision.
When you weren’t free to choose your current career.
Many people will tell you that they just ‘fell’ into a job after college, or just took on more hours in their current work and remained there ever since.
You might have just been desperate for a job or trying to help out a family member.
If this is you, and you didn’t really choose the career that you’re in at the moment, then now could be the time to switch. Think about what you’d like to do and the kind of career you do want.
Would you need to go back to school to retrain or get some work experience?
Something like fire training or a policing degree could be a good idea, for instance, if you’re looking to get into a field that is competitive and can be exciting.
You’ve hit a ceiling.
If you’re in an established career, you might have gone as far as you can with your current employer.
After all, how far can you go when you’re at the top of a small company?
So if there isn’t anywhere for you to go and you’re still wanting more out of your career, then it can be time to make a change and switch to something different.
Perhaps you’re looking for a new company to work for, or a new career path overall. Just imagine where you want to be in ten years time, for instance, and plan for that.
You would like more money.
Everyone would want more money if they could get it, but if you think you are undervalued where you currently are, and could do better in a different career, then it may be time for a switch.
If you aren’t using your skills, qualifications, or talents, then it is time to do something about it.
You could be earning much more money when you are utilizing your skills and qualifications properly at work.
You dread going to work.
As the old saying goes, if you love what you do, then you never work a day in your life.
So, if you are someone that wakes up and dreads going to work, think about the reasons why you are dreading going to work.
You should consider what to do to change things and take steps toward your career goals.