5 things to consider when changing career
Leaving your job – or even considering leaving – to pursue a different career can be a scary thought. Everyone enjoys the safety of a job they know, and a field they’re comfortable in. Yet if these things are leaving you feeling stuck, and aren’t living up to your aspirations, it’s time for a change. It’s very easy for the grass to appear greener on the other side however. The idea of a fresh start in a new role may seem appealing, but how do you get there?
Changing career can be risky as well as exciting, which means it can quickly become an overwhelming process. That’s why we’ve distilled the most important things to remember into 5 easy-to-follow tips. Stick to them, and finding your ‘true calling’ will be a whole lot simpler.
1. Work out why you want the change.
This may seem a little obvious, but identifying exactly what it is about your current career that you’re not enjoying is key to ensuring you don’t end up in the same position after you’ve made the change. This will also inform your decision-making process – go for something that won’t put you in the same situations you find yourself in today.
2. Build your skill set.
At BASE, we’re big believers in the person over the qualification. However, if you’ve invested upwards of five years in a particular career, you’ll likely have developed a specific skill set. When choosing your new career, see how this measures up against your options and go for the best fit.
3. Share your concerns with potential new employers.
You might not have started interviewing for new jobs yet, but when you do don’t be afraid to speak to your potential employer on a human level. Share with them the areas you’re not finding quite right in your current job – they’ll appreciate the honesty and it’s in their interest to mold your potential position as best as possible to fit your needs.
4. Make sure you get a clear picture of what’s next.
The job you’re in at the moment and not enjoying might’ve been sold falsely to you. Employers tend to promise the world and then once you’re in the door provide you with a lot less. When you’re thinking about a new career, assure yourself you know exactly what you’re getting into.
5. Invest fully in your ambitions
It can be difficult juggling searching for a new career path while also keeping afloat at your current job. But you’re only doing yourself a disservice by not giving everything to finding the right direction. Set aside time regularly and do your research – then when it comes time to be more active don’t let anything get in the way. It’s your career, after all.
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