Some people are stuck in a rut with the same job year after year while others move around frequently because they embrace changes every so often. Whatever path you are on with jobs, a career change can be helpful to anyone trying to get out of that rut.
Career changing keeps your mind open to new thoughts and challenges. If you have been a substitute teacher for many years, but desire a change, acquiring a regular teacher’s position might prove beneficial. However, if you are thinking of leaving the world of children, but still want to teach, you might consider teaching adults. In this last case scenario, you might decide to leave education altogether and go into journalism.
Each case has its own challenges. However, the best way to decide which avenue to take is to really take a clear look at yourself. Write down your likes and dislikes and the types of things you enjoy doing which you could parlay into another career. Determine how long it will take – or whether e.g. additional education is necessary – to reach your goals.
People are constantly reinventing themselves and in today’s uncertain world, it is not unheard of for workers to change careers more than twice in their lifetime.
Sometimes frequent career changers are criticized by well-meaning friends who tell them they need to settle into one position. While it is important to be able to sustain yourself and your family, taking risks in the career world is not unheard of. Many people thrive on these challenges. For many, it is the only way to survive.
Career change is a choice. You may find that going back to school will help you make your transition into another career. Just don’t let anyone tell you that you are not putting your education to good use, if you decide to pursue a path that is different from the degree.
Have you reached the pinnacle of your career and feel you can’t go any higher? Perhaps you are in a dead end job and are just bored with the path your career has taken you. More people seem dissatisfied with their jobs than those who are being fulfilled by them. Sometimes a change in careers will help people get back on the progressive track.
Your decision to change careers could be based on any number of factors, including boredom, mid-life crisis, dissatisfaction with pay, advancement, etc. Just remain true to yourself and go after another career based on your choices. Just remind yourself – and maybe even others – that one door opens when another closes.