People are quitting their jobs at record rates. And while a lucky few are doing so to take a break from work altogether, most are hoping to land something better. Approximately 55% of American adults are planning a switch, according to Bankrate’s job seeker survey.
A change is appealing for many reasons. Some workers have different priorities than they did before 2020, such as more time to spend with their families. Others realized in the chaotic pandemic market that their current job isn’t as stable as they once believed. If you’re considering switching careers, you may want to research professional options as well as why you want to make a change.
When you chose your career back when you were in your early twenties, your life was probably different than it is today. For example, you may have been single then, but have a family now. What seemed like an exciting career that required lots of travel and long hours, is no longer viable. It makes you long for more time at home, and that is what you should look for when you explore new careers.
While you might once have been passionate about your company’s mission, this may no longer be the case. The idea that people can change drastically over the course of a lifetime isn’t a radical one, and something you’re happy doing at 22 might no longer float your boat at 40. You may have had a spiritual awakening and be craving to get out of the office and into a more relaxed working environment.
Sometimes our job does not allow enough us to spend enough time on other aspects of our lives. Perhaps you wish you had more time to dedicate to your family, or to a hobby you’re passionate about. Maybe you desire more time out to travel and see the world. If this is the case, consider a career that allows you to work flexibly or for yourself.
Anyone can hit a wall or a ceiling in advancing his or her career. Sometimes another job in the same industry will help you break past it, but other times, you need a complete career change. The good news is that great leadership qualities will help you manage in any field, so you can quickly find a new way to put your skills to great use.
Sometimes, the career field you thought you wanted turns out to not work on a financial level. In your current field, you may get small raises over time, but if you need, or want, significantly more money, a career change is in order. Money can’t buy happiness, but it is an important part of living life. There’s no doubt that some careers give you better access to money than others.
Finding the right career for you will allow you to find fulfillment and happiness. This benefits you in both your professional life and personal life. Such a significant portion of our lives is spent at work. If you don’t truly enjoy that part of your life, those negative feelings can creep into your personal life as well.
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