Changing Careers – Part 1 Where To Start! A Checklist For Decision Making.
Is it time for you to make career change?
Changing careers isn’t easy. But nor is it as hard as you might imagine. I’ve done it four times in my life successfully. I’ve enjoyed the different careers at the time and I really was successful in each one. For me, there came a time to move on. Changing in this way has allowed me to come to terms with a changing economic environment and each new direction has built upon the experience and knowledge gained in the last one.
This is Part 1 of a three part series; In Part 2 we consider how you can start building up a picture of your ideal job and find out which careers match it most closely. In Part 3 we have a check list to help you decide whether you really should make the change
If you think a career change could benefit you, answering the following questions might help you to be clearer about your decision.
Are you actually enjoying your job, day by day?
If you’ve recently stopped enjoying the day-to-day activities in your job, consider why this may be. You may just be bored and need a new challenge in your present organization. You might think about moving to a different department. Or perhaps a change of employer might be the answer.
If you actively dislike parts of your day-to-day job, ask yourself whether what you do is typical for someone in your type of work. Do you dislike the job because you don’t get the chance to use all of your talents? If you’re dissatisfied with the job itself, changing department or employer may not improve things. You may want to consider a more radical change.
Do you feel motivated by the people you work with?
How do you get on with colleagues, managers, clients and others in your workplace? Are any problems due to personality clashes with particular people or is it the culture of your workplace or the nature of the job itself? Do you like the people you work with but are frustrated by the actual work? If so, you may want to look at changing your role within the organisation or looking for a different role with a similar employer.
Are you satisfied with your work-life balance?
If you’re looking for a better fit with your family life, a change of job isn’t always necessary.
Technology is making it possible for more people to spend time working from home. You may have the right to ask your employer to make arrangements for flexible working. Your employer can refuse if there’s a good business reason to do so. But employers are becoming much more willing to consider flexible working?
Is the time right for you to take the risk?
If you have, for example, family responsibilities and others economically dependent on you, then changing now may mean putting others at risk. Also, are you prepared to risk what you have invested in your present role and possible loss of status, perhaps only temporary, in moving into a new field? You need to be very honest with yourself and with other people who may be effected by the change you want to make. In changing careers, timing is all; when you are dealing with lots of other changes in your life, this change may not be right for you at this time.
If you need support form a coach in making a decision about a career change, please get in touch. Part 2 of this series next week will be about finding a new career to suit you.
Wendy Mason is a career coach and writer. She helps people reach their goals and aspirations, without sacrificing their home and personal life. You can contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org and find out more at http://wisewolfcoaching.com
Other posts you might like to read
Be Successful – Making A Personal Change – Part 1 Admit A Change is Needed
Be Successful – Making A Personal Change – Part 2 Be Clear About The Change You Want
Be Successful – Making A Personal Change – Part 3 Be Clear About What Is Troubling You
Be Successful – Making A Personal Change – Part 4 Identify what is most difficult for you
- Be Successful – Making A Personal Change – Part 5 Select Your Goals for Change
- Be Successful -Making A Personal Change – Part 6 Change Your Core Beliefs
- Be Successful – Making A Personal Change – Part 7 Learning To Accept Yourself