Here we will look at how you can identify the signs that you need to change career, why you should change career and what benefits you will get from it.

Should I change my career?

The evolution of lifestyles, technology and work patterns, means change can be constant in our lives. There are far more education and training opportunities open to us now, which are far more accessible also. So a career change is not such a dramatic consideration. It is common for people to re-train and take on new challenges, and if you stay in one job or one profession for life, you are probably now in a minority.

In the past, perhaps your career was seen as a means to an end, but now it has become a key part of assembling a fulfilling lifestyle, and career goals are much more aligned to lifestyle goals, and hence are higher in our list of priorities.

Certainly if you find you are clock-watching all day, you are becoming irritated by small things like the slowness of your commute or getting home late, or you simply hate the thought of getting up in the morning or the end of a weekend, these are signs that you are not happy in your job, for whatever reason, and a change might be a good thing.

Why should I change my career?

Reasons for changing career can generally be categorised as planned or unplanned. You may be forced to change your career because of redundancy, moving location, the industry you are working in collapsing or you have had an enforced absence from work through paternity, illness, working in the Armed Forces or a prison sentence. Alternatively, you may be changing career after a long period of contemplation, this will usually come from one of the following reasons:

  • A new challenge

    You are comfortable and secure in your job, but it has become routine and you need to push yourself to get out of a comfort zone. You know that new skills and knowledge is just what you need.

  • Work/life balance

    Reaching your 40s or 50s typically sees your needs revert away from work life and back to home life. You want to spend more time at home, with family, or you want to travel more or spend more time on a hobby. You may have different family circumstances, such as a divorce or an empty nest as children have gone to university. It is not uncommon for people in this age bracket to seek part-time work, or certainly to find a job with more flexibility away from a rigid 9-5 format. A change of career can offer that.

  • Rediscover your passion

    In our younger years we all have dreams and our ideas of a dream job, but life gets in the way. We get an urge to earn some cash and there are quicker and more practical ways of doing it, so we follow a different career path. However it is very common to then revisit our initial passion in later life, particularly if we have some cash behind us and when technology and online resources make this easier to undertake. So we can re-train and finally land our dream job.

  • Job satisfaction

    Quite simply, you are not happy in your job. We spend a lot of time at work, and so being unhappy can roll over into our personal lives too. A change of environment, meeting new people, having less stress and less tedium can bring new energy to your life.

The benefits of changing career

There are a number of immediate realities which can be addressed by changing careers, such as having income to afford to live and keep a property or a relationship together, for example, but on a wider scale, you can also achieve the following through refreshing your career:

  • Personal and professional growth

  • Fulfil your potential and be paid what you are worth because you are no longer coasting

  • Achieve a better work/life balance

  • Inspire others amongst your family and friends by taking the leap successfully

  • Meet new people and build new relationships