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Important Questions to Ask Yourself When Changing Careers
Thursday, October 18, 2012

"If it ain't broke don't fix it." "Why mess up a good thing?" These kinds of sayings are meant to stop people from taking risky actions. And yet, success is usually the triumphant result of trial and error.

Some of the biggest innovations of our time were created by those that listened to their instincts and took a chance on themselves. You don't have to hate your job to want to change careers, you simply have to know that you want to.

Considering making a career change is a decision that will change your life in many ways. People can spend their entire lives going back and forth and never end up taking any action. Instead of wasting time idling on the fence, you can ask yourself a few questios to help you figure out what your plan of action is:

1) Is the problem you're having at work keeping you down and you can't seem to resolve it?

There are plenty of people who go to work day in and day out struggling with the same issue and continue to bite the bullet. Over time, that bullet is going to wear them down. This can be a problem that springs up in more than one workplace or situation. For example, it could be that you're a male or female working in a field or position that is predominantly that of the other gender. Things like that make you feel like you're being overshadowed for reasons beyond your control are a good way for you to start thinking about ways to take control.
2) Does your problem have to do with someone that you work with or your environment?
It's not uncommon for many employees to work for harsh or overbearing bosses. In an economy where jobs are hard to come by, people are grateful for any job with any boss. However, being miserable at work is pointless. Why spend the majority of your life working to survive when you can't even enjoy it? There are some industries where you're bound to work under demanding people, like high fashion, for instance. These intense environments can be unforgiving. And while it may have fueled you in the beginning, there comes a time when shifting gears is in order.
3) You may have considered the job you really want, but do you have what it takes to pursue it?
Life would be much easier if we could just change careers by simply quitting your current job and applying for the one you want. In reality, it requires a great deal of energy, research, money, and time. Think about what it is you prefer to be doing and try reaching out to someone who currently holds that position. If they are willing to partake in somewhat of an informational interview with you, then by all means take advantage of getting to pick their brain. They'll be able to provide some insight as to what it took for them to land that career.
Change is the only constant in life so you should embrace rather than fear it. The reason that changing careers can be so intimidating is that once you take the leap it can be difficult, if not impossible, to reverse your decision. The push forward to your new career can be tough but for some the destination is well worth the money, time, and effort spent. No job is worth a lifetime of feeling unsatisfied. In the end, the biggest question you should be asking yourself is: Am I satisfied?