Are You Prepared to Change Careers?
If you’re fully settled in your career, looking back at the journey it took to get to where you are can be incredibly rewarding. For some, the journey was a quick one: you found the perfect career path almost immediately, and never looked back.
For others, the path was a little more tumultuous, and it took quite a few highs and lows to find the perfect place for you. For others still, what looked like the perfect career lost its luster a little way down the road, and you were faced with a choice to make about the perfect path to be on.
It’s Never Too Late to Make a Change
If you find yourself in the latter category, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone in feeling this way—in fact, 71% of the American workforce is looking to switch up their job according to a recent study.
It’s becoming more and more acceptable to try out a few different careers to see which is the best fit for you. In a time where the average person changes jobs up to 12 times throughout the course of their career, it’s more than acceptable to hop from job to job and get as much diversified experience as you can.
When to to Consider Career Options
However, what isn’t acceptable is feeling like you’re trapped in a job or career that isn’t the best fit for you. No matter if you feel underappreciated, overworked, or just plain stuck, changing careers could get you out of that rut you’ve felt stuck in. While there may be no scientifically- proven “right” time to make a career change, there are surefire signs felt by employees across the board that signal it’s time to look into a different career path.
The easiest sign to recognize is stress or burnout. “Burnout” is defined as being “exhaustion of physical or emotional strength or motivation usually as a result of prolonged stress or frustration.” Considering that this was recently recognized by the World Health Organization as a serious workplace hazard, it’s important to take stock of how you’re feeling at work.
It’s no secret that a little bit of stress is actually a good thing; it shows you care about your job and assignments. If you’re feeling consistently stressed out, are perpetually unhappy at work, or if you dread going into the office every morning, it may be time to look at a different career path.
Though important, burnout and stress aren’t the only signs it’s time to look at a different career. Being challenged and feeling motivated at your job is incredibly important, and it could be a problem if you aren’t feeling either of those. Similarly, if you feel like you’ve stopped growing and learning, recognize that you may have plateaued in your current position, or have a strong desire to be doing something else, it could be time to consider doing something different.
It could even be something as simple as not aligning with the company’s goals and values. Either way, you should be in a position that makes you feel valued, respected, and important. If you aren’t, it might be time to look into your other options.
Tip: When you’re considering a career change, try these free online career tests to get options for what to do next in your career.
Tips for a Seamless Transition
Though the thought of changing careers may be scary, you don’t have to go it alone. This flowchart provided by Turbo Intuit will help guide you through the tough decision of whether or not it’s time for you to change careers, along with tips on making the transition to a new career as easy as possible.
While changing careers is a big leap to take, just keep in mind how worth it will be for you (and your career!) when you’re happily settled in your new field.
Emily Borst is a content creator who helps Turbo Intuit create helpful and compelling stories worth sharing. Her background in digital marketing and creative writing has led her to cover unique topics ranging from business to lifestyle. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, crafting, and eating her way through Austin, Texas. To learn more, connect with Emily on LinkedIn.
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