There are reasons why one would consider a career change. It could be that the incumbent looking at career change is fed-up, lost, depressed, bored or just plain unhappy in the present career. Or it could be that the career change becomes necessary due to issues related to family or even personal preferences.
Most career change decisions however, are made usually because the incumbent is not using all his skills in the present career or he or she is left with nothing new to do being at the top of the ladder.
Whatever the reasons are, a career change is a major decision that many employed people face and one needs to analyze all consequences of the decision. Considering the following career change mistakes would be important.
Plan: One always has to make sure that there is a new career plan in place before opting for a career change. A career change is not an overnight supposition and it would take weeks or even months to accomplish. Lack of a successful career change strategy can let one go adrift and probably result in failure.
Hating the job: Hating a career is very different from hating a job. Hating a job does not warrant a career change, it could make do with a job change. This needs a little thought where you would need to analyze what you hate. Is it the people in your current job or the work itself that you hate? Make sure you are clear on this before you contemplate a career change or a job change
Monetary aspects: Dollar signs are no indicators for a career changes. However lucrative a new career could look, it is wise to consider your skill sets and suitability before you decide on a career change. A hot career in terms of money could just as well evaporate in a few years. What matters are your skills and interest and keep these in mind before you decide on a career change. Until you are happy and making a comfortable living in the present career, there is no reason to contemplate a career change just for the sake of money.
Personal pressure: You have to make sure that your decision on a career change is not influenced by your parents, family or friends. It is you who would have to live that career throughout your professional life, not them. Once you are sure that you are using your skills to make a decent living and are happy doing so, there is no reason to consider a career change. Ultimately it is you’re your business and no one else’s.
Resources: Once you decide on a career change it is important that you refresh your professional network and look for a new mentor. Never attempt a career change without the resources in place. Joining industry associations, making new friends in the network and going through informational interviews are very important to a career change. Networking is very important for a career change, so make sure that your network is in place before you make the jump.
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