Important Questions to Ask Yourself before Making a Career Change

Whether looking to change careers or simply turn your part-time work into a full-time gig, there are important questions to ask yourself to ensure that the timing is right and that you are making the best decision for yourself. If you find yourself wondering, “Is this all there is for me?” or have feelings of unfulfillment, it may be time to begin a career path. Since most of our time is spent at work, our career choice has a big impact on our quality of life.

Here are questions you should consider asking yourself to help solidify your choice in changing careers.

Are you sure it’s the right move?

Have you fully thought out your decision to change careers or are you caught up in the heat of the moment? Working in the financial services sector isn’t exactly a relaxing job, so if you’ve had a tough day, I wouldn’t make any impulsive decisions. Think it out. A good time period to give yourself is about a month, and you should never quit a job unless you have another one lined up or under extreme circumstances. Ask yourself, is the issue you are having environmental or industry-wide? This can help direct you when making your decision. General issues with the work you are doing would mean taking on an entirely new career path. Changing your whole new career path will be challenging, but it can be doable with maximum vision, effort, and dedication.

Explore why you want to leave your current position? Create a pro and con list and be sure you’re leaving for the right reasons. They say the grass is always greener on the other side, but this isn’t always the case. Before coming to a decision make sure it’s a well thought out one. If you have been moving from job-to-job a lot in a short amount of time employers, don’t really like seeing this on a resume as it implies that you get restless easily and tend to job hop, which could result with employers being more hesitant to hire you.

Do I have the right skills?

You may be longing for a change in your life, but don’t just jump at any job offer. Taking on a new job sometimes means taking on an entirely new role that may require a totally new skill set or additional skills. Certain jobs may require a lengthy training period or a need for you to return to school. Be sure to get all the details of the job so there are no surprises. You want to choose a job opportunity where you know you can excel but also one with your eyes open wide on what is expected of you.

Have You Done Your Homework?

Along with having the right skills, be aware of what the day to day tasks will be like. The money may be great, but if you don’t find the work satisfying you may not love your new -position. Ask yourself if the work is going to be challenging enough for you, if you truly understand the job responsibilities, and if there is a long-term place for you within the company. Whatever the new job may be, you want to be sure it will give you a sense of fulfillment and that there will be an opportunity for growth within the company.

 Will I fit into the company culture?

If your plan is to be at this new company for a while, then you need to make sure you will mesh with the company’s culture. Research as much as you can about the company and its culture so you are as positive as you can be that you will be as good a fit with them as they will be with you. You can start by looking at the company’s website and social media outlets. Employers often won’t hire someone unless they think you are a good for their organization. If you are entering a new career, you want to ensure you will be happy there and that it will be an enjoyable work environment for you. On your interview, you may want to inquire about the work-life balance for employees, how they recognize employee accomplishments, and if they do company gatherings.

You have to look at every aspect before jumping into a career change. It is important to pinpoint the exact reasons why you want a new job in order to be sure you will be happy with your next career path. If you just make a career move without fully evaluating why you are leaving, the same issues may arise.


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