Changing career can be one of the most single stressful, and life changing decisions you can make. This is because it, of course, changes your life, but it can also change the life of your families. It means there may be sacrifices, maybe even moving to different states or countries. There’s a lot to think about, but the important thing to know is that you can always make it work. No matter how stuck in a rut you are. There’s always a way out if you’re willing to work hard enough to get out of your current situation. Job markets ebb and flow. Of course, today they are reacting in different ways to usual due to the coronavirus pandemic, so you need to take that into account.
The most important thing is to understand that advice comes in all different formats when looking for a career change. Sure, a lot of the guides are useful, but certainly not all. The best is niche in that it explores the intricacies of the industry you’re looking to get into, or out of. The problem is, advice can’t be written in a bespoke way. Meaning it’s meant for a wider audience. You have to apply that advice to yourself because nobody else will do that for you. You can’t take it in its broad terms. Once you start applying advice to yourself and take into account your own personal situation, be it family life or work, then you’ll start reaping the benefits. Good luck!
Beat The Saturation
This all depends on what you’re trying to do. Some people want a move simply because they want a move. They might just want to try something different. If that’s you, and you don’t really mind what you do, then you need to look at saturation. That being where people are flocking towards. Look where there is demand and if you can transition with ease to that particular sphere of work. To be safe, you might want to check out the fastest growing jobs in the US or move into something you know you will enjoy where there is space. You don’t want to get stuck competing with absolutely everyone over small jobs. Beat the saturation by trying, as far as you can, to be smart and avoiding it. This might come in the form of simply taking an opportunity as it comes on by. Each area might be different, so don’t go on information which was compiled using the average of the country. What they need somewhere might not be needed somewhere else. So be smart and tackle things that way if you’re someone who just wants to flip into something different, but aren’t entirely sure what you want to do.
Follow A Passion
Sometimes, most times, you’ll want to leave your current job because you’ve realised there’s something you’re better suited to do. Something you likely can’t stop thinking about. Follow it. Don’t hang around. Life is too short. Just do it in a way which is calm and sensible, where you look after your finances and family situation. This is where it doesn’t matter if the job area is saturated because you’re following what you love…what you want to do over all else so even if you have to start at the bottom or do some work to get in…you will. The benefit is, of course, that the work might not actually feel like work because you’re doing something you love. It might mean long nights of research or extra work, or awkward conversations in work due to you not giving your best consistently, but…in the end, it’ll be worth it because you’ll move into a career which is better for you as a person. Better suited to your needs, wants and passions in life. Everyone has a passion. It might be baking cakes, it might be writing books…but not everyone has the gumption to stand up, and make it happen, no matter what.
Be Financially Safe Before Making The Jump
Sometimes, moving from one career to the other can have consequences in terms of pay. If you’re starting at the bottom somewhere else you may find the pay might be considerably different. That’s why you might need to think long term and save some money before taking the plunge. Sometimes this can’t be done because you have to take opportunities when they arise. However, if you can, try to save up. The additional money can help you with the transition. This might be moving costs, or commuting costs, or just helping with quality of life until you get to the point where you’re comfortable again. Again, situations are different for everyone. You might be in a lucky position where you already have a considerable sum saved to help out. Or you might have a partner who is willing to support you. Just make sure you’re not going to lose your house or anything before deciding to move into a new area of work. If you aren’t too sure about your finances simply jot down your income and deduct all of your outgoings to properly understand what kind of changes to your life you can readily afford. Getting rid of some of your large outgoings might be necessary and even some of the smaller ones too.
Speak To Your Family
Sometimes you aren’t making the decision just for yourself but for your family too. If this is the case you owe them a chat. You owe them the ability to talk things over with them before doing anything rash. This is certainly the case if their lives are going to be impacted by your reduced salary or the need to work somewhere else. You should follow what you want to do, but be careful when doing this at the expense of other people’s happiness. In most cases, you’ll be able to do what you want to do without many problems. But sometimes you may just have to think again. It might just be putting something off until your partner gets a raise, or maybe until your kids get a little older. Plan things properly for the greatest chance of success. You won’t be happy in your new career if your family isn’t happy and behind you…make sure you find the right balance of getting both right.
You May Have To Study
Certain careers need qualifications for you to enter. Even at an entry level. If you want to get into the industry, or if you want to get into an industry at a higher level you may need to study for it. Sometimes, this can be pretty hard especially if you’re studying for a degree or a post graduate programme. Time frames make a huge difference, especially if you aren’t in a rush. You could study at part time at a lower rate…or you could study full time and get it over with but then there are further implications worth considering. You might have to study in your lunch break, and after work and on weekends. If this is the case, you may have little downtime. An answer can be in reducing your hours. If you can’t, maybe finding a job with a lot less responsibility so you have more time to study. Also, studying might be expensive in itself, certain courses cost quite a lot so try to factor all of this in before going ahead. It’s hard because sometimes it isn’t guaranteed you’ll get a job in your chosen field after getting your degree or finishing the relevant course, so perseverance is always important in studying, but also after you’ve finished too.
Speak To Your Boss
Sometimes you might even find that it isn’t a change of career you actually want, but that your life has just gotten a little stale and stagnant. You might want to do something else in work. Mix up the responsibility a little. The only way you can do this is by speaking to your current boss and seeing if there are any other jobs or responsibilities you can take ownership of. Doing this would also help you achieve promotion in the long term too. If you tell your boss you’re a little bored, a good one will be able to find more challenging and stretching work which will help you and hopefully ease the boredom. Speaking to your boss can also open up other avenues in the business which you could pursue. So instead of changing careers, you could change the type of job you do in the career you’re already within. To do this successfully you need to find the well of unhappiness…what’s making you not want to stay where you are? Because if it’s the job this can be a fine solution to the problem but if it is the career itself then you are going to need to be honest with yourself and not bother with this step. Of course, if you’re not sure go ahead and see how trying something a little different changes your appetite for the job you’re in.