Sticking with one career for your whole working life may once have been the norm, but as life has become ever more complex there are now lots of reasons why people may have two, three or even more professional careers in their lifetimes. If you feel you have achieved all that you set out to in your current career, or are simply interested in a different field now than you were when you first entered the workforce, then a career change might be the right thing to do. Equally, if you are at a point in your life where a career change makes sense, for instance you are planning to return to work after a career break, then choosing something different may be the best option.
Here are three reasons to consider a career change.
It is Easier Than Ever to Gain New Skills and Qualifications
Thanks to online resources, there are lots of qualifications you can study for in your own time, and without spending a lot of money. If the only thing putting you off pursuing the new career you want has been a lack of education, then you will be surprised how easy it can be to study your chosen field either full or part time with a reputable educational institution, for example the University of South Dakota online. Study can be all you need to enter a new field or turn a hobby into a profession, and you can fit it around your current work if that makes the transition easier.
The Career World Is Evolving
Another reason to consider a career change is that there may be fascinating careers that would really suit you that just didn’t exist when you first started working. You may never have considered the option of being a social media manager or a mobile app developer, simply because those things didn’t exist!
Equally, some careers have become far more common and much easier to get into than they may have been when you started out, for instance because of web based media, there are now many more writers and journalists than there used to be, and thanks to the rise in interest in health and fitness, more people are making a full time living as personal trainers. Of course, the evolving job market also means you may be in a career that is losing ground, and may want to find a new path as a result of that, for instance travel agents now have far fewer opportunities than they used to.
A Better Fit
Changing career may also allow you to find work that is a better fit for your life as it is now. When we choose our first careers our lives are often very different to how they end up being later in life, and so it can make sense to change course and do something that offers a better balance with your other priorities.
These are just three reasons why you may want to think about changing your career goals and moving in a new professional direction.
This post is contributed by a guest author.