Deciding to end a career is a life-changing event that can either set you free or lead to disappointment. Before you do anything, read the following common mistakes people make when changing careers:
Changing your career for the wrong reasons
When we are feeling low it is easy to blame our job, but is it really your career that is making you miserable? In some cases it may be an overbearing boss, or it could be that you’re not getting the most from your current position. Don’t change career on a whim – be really sure before you take the plunge.
Looking at your past to determine your future
When embarking on a new career, most people look at their CV and consider what education and training they’ve had – the problem with this is that your past is what got you where you are. If you want to change this, you’ll have to change your point of view. Instead, think about what really makes you tick and what you are truly passionate about.
Not facing your fears
It can be a scary experience when you change careers and many people feel held back by the four F-words: finances, failure, friends and family. If you truly want to make this change, you’ll need to conquer these fears. It may be an idea to talk through your options with someone unbiased and perhaps come up with a financial contingency plan.
Going into a new job market blind
Research the industry you want to join and if you need to retrain, choose a training course based on its employability rate. Try to network with people in the industry to make contacts and learn more about the job you want.
Expecting too much, too soon
For most people, changing their career is a long process. Be prepared to take small steps to move forwards. You may even find that one job doesn’t suit all your needs – your career solution may involve being employed and freelancing on the side.