Not happy in your current career and ready for a change? A career change is a big decision, so here are some top tips to help you through the process:
If you’re thinking about a career change, make a list of all the reasons why. When you clarify why you’re dissatisfied, you’ll be able to understand which types of changes you need to make. You may find that a small tweak to your location, industry, role, or function can greatly improve your satisfaction.
But if your unhappiness involves multiple parts of your profession, it may be time for a radical change. Look at the things that are making you happy, and try to pinpoint exactly what is the most important to you for your career. You probably won’t be able to get everything you want, but you can determine what trade offs you’d be willing to make.
Do some research
Before you hand in your notice and start a brand new career, you’ll need to do your research. You can do this by getting in touch with people in the field you’re looking into and asking for an informal interview to get some more information. For example, if you want to find a legal job in London, speak to some people currently in the legal field to determine if it’s right for you. If you can, see if you can volunteer in your field of choice so you can get some hands-on experience.
Think about finances
There are many reasons why a career change may be stressful, but the uncertainty around your finances is likely to be at the top of your list. That’s why you’ll need to consider your financial situation and think about whether you can truly afford to start over- even if that means you’ll be earning an entry-level salary.
This is now a good time to make a pro and con list about what you would gain from switching careers even if you’re likely to make less. If you’re going to have better work-life balance, passion for your job, and/or more time with loved ones, the financial trade off may be worth it. But it’s best to be practical and still build up a financial buffer before you make the leap.
Life’s too short to be stuck in a career you hate. If you’re hoping to improve your life, now’s the time to make the leap.