Are you challenged at work? Do you regret career decisions? Are you happy? If the answer to the questions leads to a negative feeling, it is time to determine next steps.
Many people settle for a career that no longer brings satisfaction. Most will respond by stating, “I am surviving” if a colleague asks them “How’s work?”
Settling for a job to pay bills and maintain a lifestyle is stagnation. You can re-direct the journey of a career with confidence by taking control of future decisions. After all, you deserve to be live a happy life that will offer a work-life balance . Let’s look at the reasons why you need a career change and how to make it happen for a more fulfilling life.
The challenges of dissatisfaction in a career can have a negative impact on our mental health. As a result, our mental health can lead to the obvious appearance of stress, aging, weight gain and internal health issues.
You deserve a career that will fulfill the inner desire of true happiness. Here are common factors that it is time for you to change your career.
Are you aging since you started your job? Do you have anxiety? What about work-related injuries?
It feels amazing to receive a pay cheque, but you deserve to work in an environment that brings out the best of you. If the work environment is hazardous, speak to your boss about alternative options.
In the case that colleagues or your boss take advantage of your kindness, feeling the anxiety of fear of losing your job because of a high-stress environment may not be right for you.
One out of five Americans has mental health issues, according to Mental Health America. In most cases, it is related to stress.
I remember working at a job in a work environment where harassment was acceptable. I had to walk on eggshells to avoid crossing the line with colleagues. My friends started to notice the difference in that I seemed out of character. It was then that I knew that changing a career to freelancing was the right decision.
Here is a list of mental signs of workplace unhappiness:
If you start to feel your self-esteem is diminishing, it is time to consider if working in a high-stress industry is for you. The truth is, this negative energy will be transferred to people in your life like friends and family.
I have a friend that works in the medical industry. She was once a nurse working directly with patients in one of the top hospitals in her area. After five years, she started to internalize the issues with her patients to the point where she felt depressed after work hours. It impacted her relationship with her family and she almost lost herself.
One day, she decided to wake up and take control of her destiny. She started applying for new medical jobs in the office. It meant working on medical documentation of patients which is not an ideal career based on what society expects a medical professional to perform. But she started to feel happier.
It is a classic example of a person that was negatively impacted by issues at work, stayed in the same industry but changed careers.
A career change can fulfill a lifelong dream, increase one’s self-esteem or revive the excitement for one’s work.
You know a career change can be the right decision to make if you experience one or all of these:
Most people that feel they need a career are frustrated with their situation at work. What is your situation?
A career change can take time, networking, education and the job search process can be a journey. Here is a list of things to consider before making a final decision:
The reason it is important to think about the work situation is some people decide to change career for factors that are insignificant. Factors that can potentially change if the person works in a different department or new organization. Here is a list of unimportant factors to think about before you decide to make the transition:
Now that you had a chance to review your work situation and none of these recommendations can help, it is time to take the next step.
The ultimate key to success is to go through a career transition step by step to avoid making the wrong decision.
A career plan has a dead line for action steps that includes taking new courses, learning a new language, networking or improving issues at work. A career plan should be kept in your wallet because it will motivate you to keep pursuing the role.
You can learn how to set your career plan here.
If you have a degree in Accounting, write down five positions in this industry of interest. The good news is diplomas and degrees can be used to a variety of roles to choose.
You don’t have to stick to what society holds a top job, in the end, choosing the right role that will make you happy is priceless.
It is time to be honest about strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that are impacting the current situation.
A SWOT Analysis of a career can include:
A career blueprint is the first step to creating realistic goals. A person without goals will be disappointed without a clear direction of what to do next.
A mentor that works in the desired position can share the pros and cons of working in the role. Here is a list of questions to ask a mentor:
A chat at a coffee shop with a mentor can change your mind about the desire for a career change.
Find out how to pick a good mentor for yourself in this article: A Good Mentor Is Hard to Find: What to Look for in a Mentor
Some people decide to change careers for a role that pays less or perks like benefits to make up for the difference in previous to potential salary.
It can reveal the cities throughout the country that offer a higher salary for those that have an interest in relocating for work.
If your goal is to move up into an executive position, it is time to be honest about where you are in your career.
For example, if boardroom meetings, high-level discussions about financials or attending weekly networking events are boring, an executive role may not be right for you. If you are an introvert and working with people every day is nerve wrecking, you need to reconsider a job in sales.
Ask yourself if you can work in this role for the next five years of your life. If other benefits that come with the role are enticing, other roles are fit that will make you happy.
A person that wants to become a manager should take on volunteer opportunities to experience the reality of the position.
Becoming a committee member to pursue a presidential opportunity can provide a perspective on leadership, maintaining a budget and public speaking.
Volunteer in a role until you are certain that it is the right opportunity.
I recommend asking a boss, colleague or mentor for career tools. If you prefer professional assistance, you can seek out resume writing assistance. Here is a list of things to consider when preparing career tools:
It takes time to move towards a new career. Pay attention to the physical and mental signs to maintain your health. You deserve to work in happiness and come home stress-free. If you avoid the common mistakes people make, you will discover the role that is the best fit with your skillsets.
Master these action steps and changing careers will be on your terms to make the best decision for your future.
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