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:
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: