Change is often good—and changing your career is a major adjustment that can set a new course for your life and invigorate you on a daily basis. What have you always wanted to do as your job? How much fun would it be to get up for work every day, feeling like it’s not a chore—but something you’re truly passionate about? A new career can make that exciting, dream-like scenario a reality. However, it is important to consider a number of things before implementing this career change. Here’s a short list of questions to help you make the right decision:
What are the Requirements of this New Career?
For careers in various fields, different educational or occupational backgrounds are required before you’re able to find a steady job that may lead to a good paycheck. So be sure to research what these new careers require before you throw yourself into any of them. How many years in school will you have to attend, how much will that cost, and what job will you take while you get the necessary education for this impending career change? All of these things need to be considered first.
What are the Salaries like in the New Career?
How much can this new career pay in the future? Will this make you change the way you live—and allow you to continue with the lifestyle you already have or make you tighten your belt and become more frugal for a little while? This is primarily a budgeting question, but a critical one to consider, since lack of money can often put a hold on a career change, and force you to make decisions that you never wanted to make in the first place.
Is it Easy to Get a Job?
Having an educational degree or related experience is one thing—but getting the actual job is an entirely different thing. There are a number of factors that can’t be taught in a classroom or acquired through previous work. Sometimes job opportunities in your new career aren’t available, due to economic reasons or changes within the industry itself. Other times, it is a political thing, based on “who you know,” as the old saying goes. These factors can be discouraging to many people—but it doesn’t mean you can’t find a job in the industry that you’re aspiring for. You just have to reach your goals in a different way. Knowing these things is important in your decision-making process.
Is there Job Security?
Think even further ahead before making this big decision. Perhaps you’ve gotten the degree or the necessary experience to get a job, the job market is good in this new profession, or you’ve managed to land a job in this new career—now what? Will this be what you do for the rest of your life? Or are you just going to wait and see? Changing your career is exciting even if you don’t know what lies ahead. However, it’s not a bad idea to have a backup plan in case this new career isn’t everything you thought it would be.