Is it Time to Change Your Career Path?
Change is how we grow...but change can throw you off-center unless you prepare. It is comforting to have a plan and destination.
If you are losing joy and fulfillment in your work life, feeling burnout, stuck in an industry that no longer fits your interests, or ready to elevate your career perhaps it is time for a career change.
Whether you arrive at this point in life with a distinguished work history, shiny new degree, or diminished passion for work, the challenge before you is the same—how to make a satisfying career choice.
Change sets the stage for success; therefore, when you begin to change for the better by putting in time and effort toward something you desire, you're on your way to success. Planning a career path change requires research, planning, and an honest assessment of your transferable skills for your new destination.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy
Career Transition Reality Check
Before you pursue a career transition, do a reality check and ask yourself these questions:
- What is the real reason I want to make a change?
- What do I do well - my strengths?
- Can I find something compatible with my personal values?
- What career will support my ideal lifestyle - work-life balance?
- Do I need to update my skills?
- What relevant accomplishments can I translate/transfer?
- What value can I offer a company or opportunity?
Is it Time for a Job or Career Change?
There's a lot to consider. In the careers industry, there is a saying that you'll know it's time to make a job or career change when you start asking yourself if it's time to make a change.
I have personally faced (and successfully survived) making a career change—a couple of times. Each time I had to come to the realization that the decision was up to me. It was unsettling. What saved my sanity was doing the planning and considering new options. It took a lot of introspection. It took a lot of sorting out needs, wants, goals, core values, interests, and competencies to gain clarity.
In my free guide, Is it Time for a Job or Career Change, I include a quiz to help your thought process. Get your copy of the guide today!