Circumstance in life evolve all the time. Some of these changes in life create an opportunity or need to change careers. This isn’t something that should be done impulsively, but should be heavily contemplated and considered. Here are some things to consider before actually making the change.
Change to What?
It goes without saying that the most important thing to consider is what type of career you want to consider. It’s important to never give up an existing job or career without a solid direction in which to head. It’s just a matter of deciding factors such as what you need, love doing, and where your talents lay.
Why is the Change Wanted Or Needed?
In order to prevent impulsive decision making, it is important for you to know why you are desiring of a career change. Do you feel stuck in your position? Do you wish to make a bigger difference and take on more responsibilities? There are many valid reasons to change careers, but sometimes, you may just be burned out or frustrated. A good vacation can resolve those feelings instead of a complete change of career.
What Are Your Life-Long Goals?
Every decision in your day should be part of a life long plan. The last thing you need to do is make a career change that is not consistent with long term goals. Why would you start a new career in the Midwest if you really want to live on the coast? Take a look at long term goals to narrow in on a career that fits for you.
The Cost of Change
Any type of move or change in life usually has a financial cost involved. For a career change, that cost may come in several forms. You may need to relocate and incur moving and relocation costs. Also, career changes may require pay cuts as some industries have different pay scales that other do. More training and education may also be required to get the job you want.
What Does the Prospective Industry Offer?
Before deciding on a new career, you must be certain about the future prospects of a new career. You would not want to consider employment as a copy writer with a newspaper when most news is being absorbed by customers online. Writing for online articles or blogs may be the direction you want to pursue. Know what the industry has to offer and be willing to make changes as needed.
Will Additional Education Be Required?
A new career may require additional education. As an example, someone employed in commercial real estate can find an interest in business. If this is the case, the degree they have may be transferable. For someone interested in something more specific like civil engineering, without an engineering degree, opportunities for employment are slimmer. A professional with a master’s degree in civil engineering has even more options for work and salary.
Career changes can be useful in revitalizing your life and your career. It is important to carefully consider the options and ramifications before actually initiating the change. Most people change careers several times in their life. It is important to make it count.
Informational credit to Ohio University, which offers a master’s degree in civil engineering. For more information, visit http://engineering.online.ohio.edu/civil/.
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About the author: Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about education, business and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing.