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When to Consider a Career Change

Dec 28, 2016, 11:59 AM by Kabnoog Xiong

Are you bored of the work that you do? Do you feel like there are better opportunities out there for you? If you ask yourself these questions on a regular basis, it might be time for a career change. To most people in an unhappy work situation, a career change is a way out; a fresh start. However, it is a major decision that should be thoughtfully considered based on where you are and where you want to go. In this post, we will look at some instances where leaving your current line of work may be the best option.

When you want something else 

If you no longer enjoy the basic job functions that come along with your career, it may be time for a change of scenery. Before you become fully involved in the job seeking process, it is critical to understand why you no longer have the passion that you once had. Analyze your current position and determine if the cause is because of a career you no longer desire or your work environment. It is common to not like your current circumstances because of your boss, co-workers or general office environment. If this sounds like your situation, a career change may not be necessary as it could simply be related to the company. While it still might be a good idea to look for different opportunities, you should not entirely rule out staying in the same industry. However, if after analyzing your situation you realize you’re tired of the work, reflect on what you would want out of your next career. At this point you should take the first step to finding a new career. Find your passions and what makes you happy again.

When the market is shifting

If you are in an industry that is declining with little chance of a rebound, it may be time to look for a new line of work. Before making any decisions, research your industry. Find the underlying causes to why the company or general industry is in decline. Whether the reason is technology or competitors, if the industry lacks the long-term growth and stability that you require, it may be a better choice to take a risk of changing your career before you are forced to.

When you feel the career no longer fits you

If your skills and assets aren’t being used to their full potential or the lifestyle of the industry no longer fits your current position, you should begin to look for new opportunities. When you originally began your career you came in with skills and assets that you thought would carry over into your work. However, if that job has changed drastically or you have developed new skills, looking at other options could be best for you. In terms of the industry lifestyle, you may no longer want to work the long hours or get paid the low wages that are the norm for your industry. These thoughts can be a driving factor in improving yourself, whether that is gaining new skills or going back to school. Regardless of why the career no longer fits, a change in work could be your path to satisfaction.

In the end, it is up to you to decide on whether a career change is the right decision. It is important to make sure that a career change is a realistic choice and that you have realistic expectations to go along with it. It may be challenging but it could be the new start needed to understand your purpose and improve your life.

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