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Is it Time to Consider a Career Change?

Are you thinking about a change in your career? Or have been stuck in a job that isn’t for you? Well, there are many different reasons why people want to change careers. Of course, it's a personal decision with many factors involved. Some common reasons are: better pay, current job is toxic, better work-life balance, you’ve reached your limits and are unable to progress in your current role, you want to explore new challenges, etc.

No matter the reason you’re unsatisfied with your current career - despite what you may think, it’s totally possible to switch paths no matter how many years you've already been in the workforce. With some savvy strategizing and expectation management, you can have that dream job.

Things You Should Consider in a Career Change

In going ahead with such a decision, it's likely that you'll have to make sacrifices. For instance, you may incur extra costs from relocating or changing your commute - you may even need to take a pay cut to move companies or sectors.

A new career is also likely to bring with it a new routine, which may affect your work/life balance, particularly if you're entering a career that requires you to study for a qualification before or alongside work. What's more, you'll be entering an unfamiliar working environment, and will have to build new relationships and a good professional reputation from scratch. It's therefore crucial to have a good support network around you.

When You Should Consider a Career Change

Every once in a while, you can feel uninterested or unmotivated about work. Many times, that feeling can indicate that you need to take a break from work and unwind. But if this feeling persists over an extended period, you may need to look deeper and evaluate if this is the job you want to do for the rest of your life.

Here are a few clear signs that point toward an impending career change.

Finding a New Career

If you've got your heart set on changing careers, the first thing you'll need to do is research and come up with a plan of action.

Once you know the path you'd like to pursue, you can start seeking opportunities. Update your professional profiles to clearly state your intention to change industries, and give details of the skills and experience you have that will be well-suited.

Don't forget to update your resume and cover letter to reflect these changes. If you need assistance with updating your resume or customizing a new cover letter, we've got you covered with our free product - go to to get started!