Eight questions to ask yourself when you’re considering a career change


When people begin to reflect on their careers it is most often due to a feeling that something in their current position isn’t right. Do the hours no longer suit you due to a lifestyle change? Are you unsatisfied due to boring work, workplace politics or a bad boss? Have you lost the passion for the role or are there no opportunities to expand your role?

If so, it could be time to look for another job, or it may be time to pursue the career you’ve always thought about (and quickly dismissed).

Take some time for yourself and do a self-assessment. Is a career change realistic at this stage? Are your skills and knowledge transferable or is there a skills gap? Will you have to return to study?

Thinking about a career change is one thing, but deciding to – that takes some courage and planning.

Create your plan by asking yourself:

  • What are your long-term career goals? Do you know where you want to be in five years? What does your future career look like?
  • What kind of work would you like to do? What is it that makes your current role no longer appealing? What role would you do for nothing?
  • What new skills do you need? Look up on job websites the role you’d like and compare the requirements of these positions to the skills you have. Are there skills gaps? What do you need to learn?
  • What steps do you have to take to begin your new career? Research the new career path. Don’t rush the decision.
  • Can you speak to people in the new area? Why does it appeal to them and will it offer you long-term satisfaction? Do you know the right people? Network – talk to people working in roles that appeal to you (social media groups will assist with this!).
  • Do you need to further your education? Research providers and find a course that suits your lifestyle and your goals. How long can you dedicate to study? Do you need your course to fit around your commitments? Then online learning may be ideal.
  • Can you afford the change? If you have to return to study or earn a reduced salary, can you afford to support yourself and your family? Do you have people to support you?
  • Are you ready?

If you’re ready, then create your plan. Define your goals, seek a mentor, network, educate yourself, create a list of companies and roles you’d like, update your résumé and online profiles, and apply for roles which will put you on the path for your dream job.

What do you want from your career? Financial stability, a good work-life balance, satisfaction, or career progression opportunities? Are these requirements fulfilled? Let us know in the comments below.

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