We all reach those moments in life where something has to change. Either you’ve reached the end of your patience or you simply have an urge to do something new, but we all know the feeling of wanting to pack things up and start over. And nowhere does this happen more often than in our careers. There is nothing wrong with wanting to start a new career path for yourself but a lot of people tend to be afraid that things won’t work out. Often, this fear leads a lot of people not even trying to go for something that they want. Well, if you’re in that kind of position, here are some things that you might want to think about before making a change in careers.
What do you really want?
This might seem like an incredibly simple and obvious question but the truth is that it’s actually a lot harder than you might expect. After all, while so many of us are told to follow our dreams, it’s rare to get any help in trying to figure out what those dreams might be. The key is to think about what makes you happy, what engages you. Maybe you want to work with older people and setting up a senior care business is perfect for you. Or maybe you’ve always had a flair for design and your career up until this point hasn’t given you a chance to show that off. Whatever it is, make sure that it’s something you really care about and not something you feel like you should be doing for whatever reason.
What can you do?
Of course, just because you enjoy something doesn’t mean that you’re going to be able to do it well enough to earn a living from it. You need to think carefully about where your skills lie. What are you good at? What are the things that an employer would want from you that they’re not going to get anywhere else? Talking to people like recruiters or even taking online career aptitude tests are a great way to figure these kinds of things out. And don’t forget that if you’re lacking in a certain skill, there are always things you can do in order to train up and gain the skills you need.
What are your circumstances?
The last thing to consider is your personal circumstance. Do you have a family or other responsibilities? If you do then that’s very likely going to impact the kind of career that you choose. If you have no responsibilities then you can go anywhere and do anything, but if you have a family then you may want to find a career that fits around them and allows you to have a better work/life balance.
You might be thinking that it’s too late in life for a drastic career change or that you have too many responsibilities to try something like that. However, the truth is that it doesn’t matter what stage of life you’re at, whether you’re 30 or 50, there is always time to follow your passion and find the career you want.