Beginning a new job at any point in your career can be a daunting prospect, but changing your career path later on in your working life is a big, but potentially rewarding, step to take.

If you are considering changing careers then it is most likely because something important is missing from your current position. Think about the reasons you are unsatisfied – making a ‘Pros and Cons’ list at this point can help to visualise how you feel about your situation. Then draft one to how you see your potential career – and keep it realistic! We all know the saying ‘the grass is always greener…’, so it is important to analyse and evaluate before you make any big moves. Can you resolve your issues without the career move?

If you make the decision to change careers you are likely to take a step down or two on the career ladder. Your experience and knowledge will not have come from the industry you are moving into, and thus less likely be qualified to retain the same level of seniority. You should be prepared to potentially take a pay cut. Focus on the experience and knowledge you can transfer to your new position – skills are transferable.

If you are not 100% that you should make a career move, try before you buy! Work experience and internships are not just for graduates. Build connections in your potential career field and offer up your services in a mutually beneficial exchange. This way you get first-hand experience without the commitment.

Changing career can be a life-altering move, so make sure you are fully committed before you act. Job satisfaction is not a myth, you just have to find your niche!


About the Guest Post Author:

This post was authored by Kirsty Terry, a Marketing Assistant at Milestone Operations, the U.K.’s leading recruitment specialists for HGV Jobs

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