Changing Careers: Is it Normal?

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In previous years, changing careers was uncommon. The goal was to obtain a high-paying job as a young adult and retire from that job or company. As generations pass it’s more common to change your career. Check out this article that talks about a study done on the duration of employment relationships.

The number one thing people get wrong about changing careers is that…YOU CAN’T! Wisdom may tell you that it’s time for a change in your professional life. Now, this could mean changing roles in the same company, changing roles at a new company, or completely changing your career at the same or new company. This could even mean becoming your own boss. There are pros and cons to both plus a few things to consider if you are thinking about changing careers.

Reasons for changing careers

There are many reasons why someone might think about changing careers. Maybe you’re unhappy in your current job or you feel like you’re not making a positive impact on the world. Maybe you’re just not getting the advancement opportunities you want or the pay you deserve. Whatever the reason, it’s important to consider whether or not a career change is a right decision for you. Here are some reasons why you might want to consider a change:

  1. You’re unhappy in your current job.

If your job doesn’t make you happy, it’s probably not the right career for you. You might be able to find a new position that’s a better fit.

Are you meeting the needs of your creative side?

Sometimes we engage in work too much and work-life balance suffers. Individuals in high-level positions may experience this. Engaging in creativity will help you relax and not think about work stress. Some activities include painting, sewing, or cooking a new dish.

Creative outlet ideas

If you are someone that experiences anxiety or depression, I recommend Art Therapy as a way to gain self-awareness and process difficult thoughts. These Essential Art Therapy Exercises can help get you started.

It is important to find something that interests you and that you can commit to. If you find that you are not enjoying your creative outlet, try switching to a different one or finding a group of people with similar interests to work with. When you find something that you love, it will be much more difficult to stop.

Does the current role allow for stretch assignments?

After the learning stage, you begin to feel comfortable in the role. For most, at the 2-3 year mark, you have mastered your role! I would describe this as knowing how to do your job with your eyes closed and you should be open to taking on additional responsibilities. Are there committees to join? Have you trained or shared knowledge with a colleague? Stretch assignments are important as they keep work fresh and new. In addition, you can add this to your resume. You can also research online courses for new skills that may benefit you.

What Will Changing Careers Look Like?

Be very clear about your core values. What do you see yourself doing? As the saying goes- looks can be deceiving. Will you be working remotely or in an office? How will this change affect your family? etc.

What transferable skills do you have?

Transferable skills are essential for any job, but especially if you are changing careers. Some skills that are helpful in a multitude of fields include attention to detail, problem-solving, communication, and teamwork. Additionally, many health care professionals have previous experience working in a variety of settings, including hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes. This experience can be beneficial in finding new jobs or in adapting to new environments.

Depending on the industry or role you want to go into, you may need to learn some additional skills or may already have them. Be sure to do your research and hone in on perfecting skills you have or need.

Ensure to review projections through 2024 for what occupations will have the highest demands.

There are a few high-demand jobs that are always in high demand. These jobs are often in fields that are in high demand, such as healthcare, technology, and finance. The jobs that are in high demand often pay a lot of money and have a lot of opportunities for advancement.

One of the most in-demand jobs right now is computer science. There are many companies that are looking for computer scientists to work on new projects and help develop new software. Computer scientists often make a lot of money and have a lot of opportunities for advancement.

Another high-demand job is the nurse. There are always positions available for nurses and the salaries are pretty good. However, nurses usually have sporadic work hours so consider this if you are a working mom.

What to do if you want a new career

  • I recommend thinking about the pros and cons of your decision.
  • Do your research. This is so important and will give you lots of information on what jobs are available you may be interested in as well as the pay, benefits, etc.
  • Assess the areas you may be lacking and refine those areas
  • Spruce up your resume
  • Network

Networking is essential for anyone. It can help you find new customers, partners, and suppliers, and can even help you find new employers. When done correctly, networking can be a powerful tool.

There are a few things you need to do to maximize your networking potential. First, make sure you are prepared. Have a list of questions prepared, and be ready to share your strengths with others. Second, be proactive. Go out and meet new people. Third, be patient. Networking takes time, and it can be hard to connect with people initially. Finally, be persistent.

Have you blocked out the noise?

Forget the naysayers! If you have done your research and are sure this is something you want…go for it!

DO IT ANYWAY!

Are you fearful of changing careers?

Everyone has different career goals, but some people are more fearful of changing their careers than others. Some people may fear that they won’t be able to find a new job if they switch careers, or that they won’t be able to fit the new career into their current lifestyle. Others may be more afraid of the unknown, and not knowing what they’re getting themselves into.

Regardless of why someone is afraid of changing their career, it’s important to remember that it’s possible to do so. There are a number of resources available to help people transition into new careers, including online resources, career counseling,

It’s not too late to change your career. This is just the BEGINNING!