The days of working at one job for one company for the rest of your life are over. Over the years our ambitions and life goals change, what we like when we are fresh graduates might be completely different when we hit 30, 40, or 50. The best part is that going through a career change is becoming increasingly common and within reach for most people.
When should you consider a career change?
We aren't robots. Our ideas and likes change over time. Don't be afraid to pursue something else if you find that your occupation isn't giving you satisfaction. There are plenty of resources out there to aid career changers, including qualifications and night studies.
If you're unsure if you need a career change, here are some points to consider:
- You no longer feel challenged.
- You feel like you're at a dead-end.
- You dread to work the next day. It's common to want to not go to work now and
- then, but if you're dreading work to the point it affects your health, you need to
- consider your options.
- A good salary can keep you satisfied.
- You don't feel satisfied with your work.
- If these reasons resonate with you, you should consider your options before staying at the same job.
- What to do when you want to change careers
- Before rushing to quit your job, there are some things you should consider.
What do you want to do?
What career would you rather have than the job you're currently at? It's essential to determine if you want to do this and that it’s not just an easy route out of your current job. If not, you could end up in the same position in the years to come.
What qualifications do you need?
Once you know what you want to do, look into what qualifications you need and how to go about getting them. If you're going to do a job that requires a lot of studies, such as medicine or engineering, consider how you're going to pay for the courses and how this will affect you financially.
This step should be about figuring out whether the job you want is possible. It's important to be realistic, but for the most part, you can do any job with enough perseverance, so don't be disheartened when it gets tricky.
How will your new career affect your family?
Suppose you have children or other people financially dependent on you. Will you be able to provide the same quality of life in your new job? If you need to take out qualifications, are there night courses that allow you to keep working during the day?
Be confident in your decision
If you've gone through all the steps and see that this is indeed what you want, don't let doubt cloud your judgement. Don't be afraid to start at the bottom; companies understand that our choices change and that we want different things later in life. So for many employers, they'll appreciate the skills you bring from your previous career.
If you are looking to change your career, why not visit one of our upcoming events? The UK Careers Fair will provide you the best venues. Check out our upcoming careers fair and find the dream job you are aiming for!