Some people think they needed to change career when they encounter problems in the office or when a job suddenly loses its luster. Boredom, low wages, and bad bosses are only some of the common reasons that employees cite when they finally make the final decision to quit their jobs and find a new career.
But those are hardly the right reasons as people realize later that they needed a change of mindset more than a change of heart for their jobs. The last thing they know they did not have enough reasons to make an informed decision and they suffer for it.
A career change may not always be good for everyone but sometimes it may be the key to the enjoyment and satisfaction that one is looking for in a job. This is especially true for late bloomers or those who have found what they really wanted to do late in life. In this case, a career change may not be an option but also the right thing to do.
But when exactly is the right time for someone to shift to a new career?
Here are some reasons why you have to change to a new career:
Life situation has changed
You may need to change career if your life situation has changed. For instance, a traveling salesman may be good for a single person but not for a married man who has to devote some time for his family. Or your job as a warehouseman requires physical strength which you no longer have at your age.
Opportunities have changed
Your chosen career may have been promising when you first applied for it but as times have changed due to recession and new technology , the opportunities for growth and development in your career have ceased and you do not want a stagnant job. A career change will surely provide you with better chances for advancement.
You may also need to switch to a new career if you feel more stress and boredom at work than inspiration. You felt burnout at work. You may have tried working for a new employer but still it did not work that way: you do not enjoy the job anymore. When people think that their jobs have become more like a routine and a burden, then a career change may be a good solution to bring back the excitement and the zest for work.
The most common reasons why people change career is because they wanted to earn more money. Some people switch to a new career not only to find satisfaction and enjoyment but also to earn more income. Hence you will some office workers leaving their jobs for the more lucrative career in business.
Shifting to a new career is not easy as you have to consider some factors that may be affected with the changes. If you think a career change is a change in the right direction, then you have all the reasons to pursue it. Otherwise, gather all the information first before you make that giant leap.
Steven Boccone is a New York-born economist, financial analyst and manager. He has worked for various financial institutions worldwide and currently manages a US-based global marketing company. He is an art lover, a traveler, and he maintains his own business blog.
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