How To Change Careers And Be A Happier Person

The American journalist Gail Sheehy said: “If we don’t change, we don’t develop and if we don’t develop, we aren’t really living.”

At some point, many of us who are in employment will find ourselves stuck in a rut with regards to our careers. We’ll wonder what we have been doing for the last few years of our lives. Maybe we have found ourselves unfulfilled by our current roles, or maybe we are discovering our work/life balance leans heavily towards the former. Both are common symptoms of depression.

Many of us will have think about changing careers when this happens, but actually going ahead and making such a major change is a terrifying prospect. Throwing away years, maybe even decades, of your life to begin again at the bottom of the career ladder again is inevitably going to be a difficult decision. That’s if you even know what career you want to change to.

However, taking this courageous step could also be the best decision you make. Having a job that you enjoy is one of the most crucial aspects of enjoying a rewarding existence. Therefore, choosing to have a change could allow you to relieve the stresses and burdens of your current employment and become a happier person. As Gail Sheehy said, change is an essential part of living.

Here are some of the things you need to know before changing a career you don’t particularly enjoy.

Plan Ahead As Much As You Can

Careers today change and evolve so quickly that mapping out the trajectory you want to take is no longer possible. That is not to mention that certain industries will grow over time while others will die out. But there are some important things you definitely should be planning before you make a choice to change career. Make sure there are definitely openings in my desired field. Also: look to see if they provide a salary you could be content with and speak to people working in the industry about both their hopes and concerns.

Try It Out Before You Start

You need to be as certain as possible that you are choosing the right career for you before making that leap. You don’t want to throw caution to the wind only to regret the decision weeks or months later. One way to ensure you’re doing the right thing is to try it out beforehand. Whether it is a long-term thing like an internship or a short-burst of volunteering, it will give you the first hand experience to decide whether it is an industry you want to work in. At the very least, it will allow you to some worthwhile contacts.

Think About The Financial Implications

There are more important things than wealth. Happiness, fulfilment and maintaining a good work/life balance are just a few. However, one unfortunately must consider the financial implications of changing a career. After all, you want to have some sort of safety net in case it does not work out immediately or you are taking a slight drop in salary in order to make a change. Consider how much money you have put away for a rainy day, speak to your partner about the decision, and contact your bank to enquire about your financial standing – we have numbers for the likes of Santander, NatWest, HSBC and more. These concerns shouldn’t entirely dissuade you from changing career, but it might convince you to delay it for a short time or re-evaluate exactly what it is you want to do in order to meet your financial demands.

Don’t Think Too Hard About It

However, the most important thing to think about when debating a change in career is, well, not to think too hard about it. All of the above points are legitimate concerns that everyone will need to address before they make the decision. But if you think about them too much it’s likely you’ll worry yourself into taking no action whatsoever; and worry can be a destructive force if you can’t control it. It will always be a risk no matter how much planning or preparation you put into it… but it might just be the best risk you take.