Published On : May 14, 2015
Time For a Career Change? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself
You chose your major in college when you were about 19 years old, and since the date of your graduation, this single decision has had a powerful defining impact on the direction and shape of your adult life. When you finished school, you found a job in this field…Why choose something else? And when you were ready to work your way up from the entry level, you choose another job in this industry, and then another. Why not? Suddenly changing course after such a long commitment would be crazy…right?
At this point, there's no question that you've invested deeply in this industry. But there's no way around the truth: you're restless. And you're starting to wonder if life might hold something else for you before it's all said and done. Should you make the leap and embark on a mid-life career change? Or should you play it safe and hold a steady course until you retire? Here are four questions to ask yourself. If you answer yes to each one, it's time to get moving.
1. Do you daydream about your amazing future in your current field?
You used to do this all the time. You would imagine yourself in a senior position and your vision would make you feel excited and inspired. But when was the last time this happened? When was the last time you laid eyes on a role model in your current industry and thought "Someday I'll be just like her"? If you can't remember the last time you did this—or if your daydreams involve a future somewhere else– that means this path isn't working for you on an emotional level anymore. Your ambitions have evolved.
2. Are you striving to learn more because you want to, or because you're afraid of falling behind?
When you're excited about your field, you eagerly read through trade publications and seek out information, conferences, and seminars that can teach you something new. You do this on your own time, and you do it because the subject genuinely interests you. If you aren't doing this anymore (or you never really did it to begin with) it probably means that this chapter of your career has run its course.
3. Do you know what you would be doing if you weren't doing this?
If you could press a button and transport yourself into an entirely new line of work (running a restaurant, training dolphins, digging through ancient ruins, teaching children) what would it be? If you can answer in less than five seconds, that means you already know what your next chapter will entail. You just have to figure out how to get from here to there. If you can't think of a single answer, you may just be experiencing a restless phase.
4. Have you investigated other options?
Do you know what it will take to leave your current field behind and find a foothold in your new one? A few minutes on the internet can help you understand the degrees, licensing, and experience requirements you'll need in order to establish yourself in a new line of work. If you haven't charted this new course yet, now may be a good time to do some investigating.
As you strike out on your new path, know that you're aren't alone. The team at MyPerfectResume will be with you every step of the way.