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Thinking about a career change? Here’s what you need to consider…

We can probably all agree, the past few years have been a challenge, in many ways. Now, more than ever, people are aware of the unpredictability of life and the world around us. Unfortunately for some, this has created a sense of powerlessness, but in others, a sense of urgency. 

As we emerge from the pandemic, some are making the most of the freedom of being ‘back to normal’. Whether it’s drastic career changes or life changes, we are experiencing a major shift in where people work, how they work and what they expect from their career. So what should you do if your current role no longer suits you in this post-pandemic world?


Why change?

If you are considering a career change, first, you need to ask yourself why change? What is it about your current situation that is making you want to move on? Let’s be honest, every job has its issues, and some days can be harder than others. If these problems can be solved or managed then it may not be necessary, nor wise, to completely change your career because of it. At the end of the day you may find yourself dealing with similar, frustrating problems in a new position, then you’re back to square one.

On the other hand, if you wake up every morning and dread going to work, if you have no interest or passion in what you are doing, or if you feel stagnant with no opportunity for growth or improvement, then a career change may be just what you need!

So think, can your reasons for doubt be alleviated to some extent by different actions within your current career environment, a conversation with your boss, or even a change in your approach to daily activities? Or do you feel truly stuck, with no chance of things improving. If it’s the latter, keep reading.


The Exit Strategy

Now it’s time to crunch the numbers, look at the options and plan your exit strategy. Making the decision to move on is a huge step, and you’re probably busting to get things started. Be Patient! The worst mistake is making the leap too soon and having nowhere to land. Your current job may feel more intolerable than ever, but see it as just temporary, and it will provide you with the financial support and time to properly plan your next steps. Unless you have a good financial buffer, it’s important to have something in place before you leave. This will make the change much more seamless and less stressful. Then you will be in the best possible position to start fresh. 


New Beginnings

Now it’s time to plan out your next move. How will you know if this new career venture will be the right one for you? Well, to be honest, you won’t, it’s all trial and error. But there are a few things to consider to help with this decision. 

First, you need to assess your skills and talents. What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? Are there any activities that make you feel alive and energised? If the answer is yes, then you’re probably onto something.

Second, think about what interests you. Do any particular topics capture your attention? What kind of work would allow you to explore these interests on a daily basis?

Last but not least, consider your values and priorities. What’s important to you in life? Is earning a lot of money top priority? Or is having a job that allows for plenty of personal time more important to you?

Once you have a strong idea of who you are, what you value and what you’re good at, you can then align these traits with your new career options.


Support Systems

Making such a huge change in your life can be exhilarating, but also intimidating. At the end of the day, it is down to you and only you to make the changes to improve your situation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have help and support along the way.

Drastic change can often be met with opposition and discouragement from others, even those closest to us. But remember, these objections often come from a place of one’s own personal fears and setbacks. Sometimes a reality check here and there can help with perspective, but if you feel constant negativity and a lack of support you may need to distance yourself, at least until you are settled or confident enough in what’s best for you to not be swayed by others.

The most important thing is to find people who will encourage you and offer practical advice in this transition period. When you’re feeling discouraged or overwhelmed, it’s helpful to have someone to turn to for advice and encouragement. So don’t be afraid to ask for help!