Many people who start out on a career, one in which they may have invested a lot of time and money, eventually reach appoint when they consider doing something completely different with their lives. It could be through boredom or a loss of interest in the type of work being done; it could be that a role has changed through reorganization and restructuring or that there is feeling that a change would be stimulating.
It can be easy to feel stuck in a rut and if a manager or co-worker is difficult to get on with then it makes sense to consider what alternative options are available.
Where to go?
Changing career is not the easiest of tasks but if someone has a clear idea of what they enjoy or a particular new path they would like to explore then that might be a good place to start. Those who have experience working in the private sector, perhaps for a large company, might want to use the experience gained working in the public sector for a branch of government. Equally, someone with public sector experience may want to try their hand at working for a private company.
Academics could consider moving either to another college or university and stay in the same sector or look for a different challenge working for a charitable organization. It may also be possible to look at going part-time whilst pursuing other job options that appeal.
Consider skills and experience
It’s easy to forget how many skills and how much experience have been gained whilst training and subsequently working. Those considering a career change should examine their strengths and look at jobs that will play to them. Good organizational skills are valuable in any career context, as are well-developed people skills. A friendly and outgoing personality is extremely useful for customer-focused careers and an ability to solve problems is always beneficial for a potential new employer.
The money question
Some people are driven by the desire to earn as much money as possible so when looking at career change the financial aspect may be all-important. However, where money is not the overriding issue, though sufficient income is obviously required to pay the bills and enjoy life, there could be other options worth considering.
The part-time possibility has been aired and that could be coupled with studying for something of specific interest or helping out as a volunteer with a charity, gaining different experiences and more transferable skills.
Working towards a degree on a part-time basis can be a rewarding experience and anyone with an ecclesiastical interest might want to consider enrolling for religious study in an organization such as a Baptist theological seminary. Opportunities for personal development, along with work-related issues, can add significantly to qualifications as well as making decisions about future careers.
A change of career often brings with it a major upheaval in lifestyle and can be daunting to contemplate. Retaining a positive frame of mind as new challenges are embraced will aid coping with this transitional period.