The average person can expect to change careers at least once in his or her lifetime. One reason is that sometimes people don’t make informed decisions when choosing an occupation. For example, they neglect to do a self-assessment that will help them learn about their interests, work-related values, personality types, and aptitude in order to find out what occupations are suitable based on those traits.
Making an informed decision regarding your career will certainly increase the likelihood that you will be more satisfied with it, but even if you do everything right, there are no guarantees the career you choose when just starting out is the one you will want to remain in for the rest of your working life. That is, after all, a very long time. Changes in your life or the economy can all influence whether you will want to, or can, stay in the same career. At some point, you may find yourself wanting to, or needing to, follow another path. Here are some valid reasons to make this transition.
You Should Consider a Career Change If…
#1 – Your Life Has Changed:
When you chose your career back when you were in your early twenties, your life was probably different than it is today. For example, you may have been single then, but have a family now. What seemed like an exciting career that required lots of travel and long hours, is no longer viable. It makes you long for more time at home, and that is what you should look for when you explore new careers.
#2 – The Job Outlook For Your Career Field Has Become Poor:
When you choose an occupation, one of the factors you should consider is its job outlook. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts whether employment in an occupation will grow, decrease, or stay the same over a decade, based on current and forecasted economic and other factors. While the future may have looked promising for your field when you entered it, changes in technology, the economy, or the industry can impact it. Perhaps job opportunities are no longer plentiful, and when you research future predictions, you learn that conditions are going to continue to deteriorate. You should look for an occupation that has a better outlook.
#3 – You Are Experiencing Job Burnout:
#4 – Your Job is Too Stressful:
#5 – Your Work Bores You:
#6 – You Want to Earn More Money:
– Authored by Dawn Rosenberg McKay
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