Do you sit at your desk everyday and tick off the minutes until the end of the day? Maybe you look at job openings all day at a job that you dream about. Maybe you wish you could apply for Los Angeles nursing jobs or business jobs? Or maybe you believe that you are worth more money and want to apply for jobs that will better fit your skill set.
A career change is a big decision. It can affect your life, your family’s life, your finances, retirement and basically everything around you. In the perfect world, everything will work out for the best, but in reality, it is always best to have a well thought out plan.
Anyways, now that you know that you dislike your current career and/or position, how do you decide if a career change is right for you? Starting in a new industry with a new career can be a very hard decision. There can be many positives, but there are also many unknowns and possible negatives that could happen.
Maybe you’ll end up being in an even worse company, with an even worse supervisor. The job could possibly be even more boring and you start ticking off the seconds in the day instead of the minutes and hours.
Not everyone gets to fully enjoy their jobs (and some believe that fully enjoying your job is impossible), but if you are one of the people who want to receive complete fulfillment out of their career, then thinking about your career more as a lifestyle is very important and is needed in order to make a well thought out plan.
There are a few things to think about:
Think about why you don’t like your current job.
Be positive that it’s the career you are in, and not the position and/or company that you work at. Is it actually your supervisor which makes you hate your job? If you had more valuable responsibilities then would you enjoy your job and career more? Find out if there is actually any possibility of career advancement with your current employer.
Make a list of positives and negatives of the current position you are in, and then compare it to your possible dream careers.
What’s your passion?
Everyone has those “crazy” childhood dreams of being an astronaut, mother, doctor, nurse and everything else. What are your dreams? Do you still want to do what you wanted when you were a child? Think about the things that you enjoy in life. Also, try not to think purely about what the job pays as this can make the choice much easier for an individual.
Thinking about the activities that you do that make you happy is an easy way to seek our your passions. Write these down and look them over.
Also think about your end goals. How will your job help you achieve your goal?
Talk to individuals who work in the industry.
While you shouldn’t base your career choice mainly on those that you talk to, individuals who work in the industry that you are interested in can have very valuable insight into your career choice. Ask them questions about the positions offered, career, company environments and everything else that you can think of.
However, if someone that you talk to does say something that sounds horrible about the possible career that you are thinking of, try not to just erase off your dreams because of this, everyone has different likes and dislikes.
Think about the skills you offer.
Becoming a surgeon when you hate blood and needles is probably not the best idea. If the idea of the career sounds great, but you lack the skills, then it might not be a good fit. Think about what you excel at and how your industry and company can benefit from you joining it.
Are you thinking about switching jobs?
What made you decide that you need a career change?
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