5 Signs You Need a Change of Career

Jul 17, 2012 No Comments by

For many, the prospect of going out and seeking alternative employment seems way too daunting especially if you have been in your current role for many years. It is all too easy to find your comfort zone and allow yourself to stay within it for the foreseeable future. Changing career entirely can be a step towards a truly amazing working life, but how do you know when you have reached the point where this step is right? The following signs will help you understand.


You Cannot Progress

Whether it’s because you are already at the top of the chain within your chosen industry or simply because in order to progress further you would need to re-train, once you are aware of the fact that your job has taken you as far as possible it’s very easy to become bored. Quite simply, without the prospect of progression a job can quickly lose appeal as you feel there is nothing to work towards. A change of career could be the right move here as those opportunities for progression may be more readily available within another industry.

Your Home Circumstances Have Changed

If you took a role many years ago, now is the time to assess how well it fits into your current situation. Perhaps children have come along, meaning you want to spend more time at home or other family commitments are arising. Whatever the reason, a change of career could be the right solution if a reduction/increase or change of hours is needed and your current employer cannot provide the flexibility needed. Take the time to research the alternative careers and see what the typical hours are and when you would be likely to work (e.g. weekends, overnight shifts etc.)

You are Struggling to Pay the Bills

It might be time to consider a role in another industry if your current salary is not meeting your essential costs such as mortgage repayments or rent coupled with the household bills. It’s worth looking into the average salaries for other careers that interest you; with a recent survey suggesting that the average family of four needs to bring in £36,800 a year in order to manage their finances comfortably, you may wish to look into a career that offers better financial rewards.

You Feel out of your Depth

Everybody can feel over faced with their workload and the complexity of certain tasks at work from time to time, but if this is something you are experiencing on a daily basis, it could be a sign that this particular career is not right for you. Take some time out to research the daily tasks associated with other careers and see if they are perhaps more suited to your skills.

You Don’t Agree with the Company Morals

There are few things that make going to work harder than not believing in the morals and values of the company you work for. Sometimes this can go beyond being specific to a company as certain industries can be associated with less ethical practices. If you are looking for an industry that is in line with your own morals and values then taking to the internet to conduct research into the main companies within the industry you are considering is the first step.

If you think now could be the time to change your career then why not start to get the ball rolling by looking at other careers that interest you and seeing what vacancies are available in your area? Take a positive step towards a career that challenges and rewards you.

Sophie works alongside TSR Ltd and understands how disheartening it can be to feel unchallenged at work, so highly recommends exploring other options for a fulfilling career.

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