When I was deciding whether or not to change careers from training to be a Chartered Accountant to joining the world of Recruitment, I had a lot to think about. If anyone has been in a similar situation, you will be aware of the amount of chopping and changing in your thought process when deciding to drastically change your career path.
I started getting completely overwhelmed with what to do but that wasn’t getting me anywhere. At the end of the day my happiness was key so I decided to concentrate more so on the 6 things I really needed to consider while making this Big Decision:
1. Not Enjoying Your Job or the Career?
It took me a long time to decide whether or not to make the change. I came to the realisation that it wasn’t just my job but my choice of career that I wasn’t happy with. You need to take the time to analyze whether it’s just the job or your boss that you dislike, or whether it’s actually the career, the skills or the work. Once you make that decision things start becoming a lot clearer and you’ll know what your first steps should be.
2. Have a Plan of Action
Without a plan, you might take the first job offer that comes along, whether it is a good fit for you or not. Make sure you have a plan of where you want to be in five years and work out HOW you will get there. The last thing you want to do is spend another 1-2 years hopping from job to job because you never decided at the beginning what your career plan was going to be.
3. Is it solely the Money/Benefits?
Remember the saying, “Money doesn’t buy happiness” because it is definitely true. If I was being honest, one of the main reasons I stayed in the world of Chartered Accountancy so long was the thought of my future earnings. However, I finally came to the realisation, that regardless of the money, this career was not for me.
4. Outside Pressure
Pressures from family and friends on what they believe is right for you is all well and good, and comes with the best intentions. However, at the end of the day, whilst you should listen to their opinions, they cannot be the reason why you stay in your current job. Only you know if it is right for you, you are the person doing the work. So if you’re unhappy then do something about it, think of doing something different with your life. I think Tony Robbins said it best:
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
5. Lack of Experience/Education
If you do decide to change career then you need to decide whether you have the necessary skills/education to do that new job. Do you need to up-skill before making the change over? If so then you need to look into your options. I would advise you to consider doing a conversion course as they are an excellent way of up-skilling in a new direction that differs from your primary degree or education. Yet another quote I think favours the idea of changing your career whatever your situation is in life:
“Never too old, never too bad, never too late, never too sick to start from scratch once again” Bikram Choudhury
6. BE HAPPY!
Life is too short to be unhappy in your job, so figure out what you like to do and find a job that incorporates this in some way. Remember nobody loves their job 100% of the time…but I’d settle for a job that I’m happy in 80% of the time!
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” –Jim Rohn
Have you ever changed careers? Do you have any other pearls of wisdom regarding this big decision?