Never think that it’s necessary to stay in a specific career for any reason if you’re unhappy! Yes, even if you are making an impressive amount of money. Ultimately, fulfilment comes from doing what you love, so take action immediately if that isn’t the case. Here is everything that you need to know about making a switch and effectively changing your career path.
It can be done at any age
A successful and rewarding career change is possible, whether you are still in your early twenties or you have been working for thirty years already. Don’t let age hold you back from turning your dreams into reality.
It can be done at any time
Who cares if you have just been offered a promotion that some people would kill for? The only aspect of your career that truly matters at the end of the day is how content it makes you. Do you look forward to getting up and heading off to work every morning? No? Then it’s time to make a change, no matter how swiftly your current job is progressing or how valuable you are at the company.
There are no limitations
Don’t assume that you will have to find something to do that aligns with what you studied at university, or that is still within the industry in which you are currently working. There is nothing stopping you from studying further and transitioning from being a hairdresser to an attorney, or taking driving instructor training after years of working as a chef, for example.
More often than not, finances will be a concern if you’ll need to study further, especially considering that you will probably have been earning a stable salary for a while. The answer lies in signing up to study part-time and working part-time to help make ends meet. It may be challenging, but you will make it work if it is, indeed, what you really want.
Exploring all avenues
Sometimes, you will know that you’re unhappy in your current job but won’t have any idea of what you’d like to be doing instead. That’s normal and is still grounds for changing your career. What’s important here is to explore all avenues to help you discover which direction you want to go in.
Make a list of all of the potential career options that interest you and then do your best to get a better idea of what each job entails. You could ask people who you know to allow you to ‘job shadow’ them, or you could simply conduct informational interviews with professionals from your field of interest. LinkedIn is a very handy tool to find and connect with such professionals, especially within your city or town. Even if they aren’t keen to meet up face to face, they’ll almost certainly be willing to chat for a few minutes via direct messaging or Skype.
The most important part of undertaking a career change is doing it with confidence. You deserve happiness and fulfilment in your career. Now go out there and make it happen!