Thinking about a career move?
Taking the plunge to quit your job and move on to something new can be a daunting prospect. There are countless factors you have to take into consideration if you are thinking about a career move and you have to be prepared for the fact that things might not go to plan.
In the first instance you should think about your reasons for wanting to make a career change. You may be following your dream career or moving towards a job which you find more rewarding. You need to think about whether this will require any additional training, or whether it will mean you need to take a pay cut. You also need to be prepared for the fact that this ‘dream job’ might not be all it seems. If possible, try and talk to people who are already in the industry to find out what it entails. Do as much research as possible to make sure you’re making the right decision.
If you are thinking about a career move due to dissatisfaction in your current job, then don’t be too rash. It may be that a word with your manager about how you are feeling could help the situation. However, if your dissatisfaction is more long-term and shows no signs of being rectified then it could be time to take action.
Make sure you discuss the issue with your partner before doing anything drastic. It may be that they have to pick up the financial burden if you move to a job with lower pay. If you are thinking of moving from your current job to being a work at home parent, be prepared for the fact that your family dynamic may change. You may find it rewarding to be at home with the children, or you might find that your work/life balance becomes difficult to manage.
There are lots of people you can talk to you before you make your decision to change careers. If you are a spiritual type of person you might want to consider having clairvoyant readings to help give you some perspective on your life. You may also have a career guidance service in your local area where you can go for support. Friends and family can give you valuable advice, but remember that the decision must be yours. Only you can decide what’s best for you and your family.