When to Change Careers


Choosing to change careers can be difficult. Switching from one field into another may mean giving up the security of a steady paycheck and the comfort of a job you know well. On the other hand, changing careers can lead to better opportunities in the future and significant quality-of-life improvements, particularly if your current career has lost its luster. If you’re trying to decide whether you should change careers, consider the following questions:

Are you regularly exhausted?

Having a low energy level is one of the key signs that your career isn’t a good fit for you. If you constantly feel tired, chances are some factor of your job, whether it’s a negative environment or too much stress, is responsible. Switching careers may help you get your energy back.

Did you choose this career?

Sometimes a person’s “career” is really just a job they took a long time ago, when their options were limited. If you’ve spent 10 years in a position that was only meant to be a temporary fix, it might be a good idea to consider changing careers.

Does it pay enough, and is the money worth it?

If you don’t feel you’re fairly compensated for your work, it may be time to look for something else. But even people with good compensation can find a career change worthwhile. If you find yourself thinking that the money you make doesn’t justify what you have to do to earn it, a different career might make you feel better about your work life.

Do you feel like life is slipping through your fingers?

Some people, particularly in corporate jobs, go to work every day knowing they’re good at what they do and feeling well paid but still certain that something’s missing. If you feel there’s a better fit for you out there somewhere, indulge that instinct. Start looking around and you might find a career that suits you more.


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