A career change can be daunting and you may have a lot of questions right now.
If you’re not in a career you love, chances are that you have often wondered “should I just change careers”?
Hello, this is Jennifer Kent, Founder of The Guava Project where I show you how to ditch your boring job so that you can build a life and a business you love and deserve. In today’s episode of Career Bliss Thursday, we’re going to be talking about the five questions you need to ask yourself when debating whether you need to change careers or not.
So let’s dive in. The five questions you need to ask yourself while looking into a career change or whether you should think about a career change or not.
1. The first one is “Why do I want this career change?”
I want you to just be completely honest with yourself. Why is it that you’re thinking about this career change? Is it because you think that being your own boss would be a fabulous thing because you’ve seen it on Entrepreneur.com and it looks like so much fun? Not having to answer to anybody or because you’ve been attending some yoga classes and you’ve been thinking “wow wouldn’t it be fun to be a yoga instructor instead of what I’m doing?”.
Whatever it is, just be completely honest with yourself.
Is it because you’ve seen a trend out there or because it’s really something that you’re passionate about, something that keeps coming back for you? Over and over, you change companies or you change positions or you get a promotion or you work on different projects, and you’re still not that excited about what you’re doing and you still keep hearing that little voice in your head saying “you really should be going for this“.
That’s first and foremost. Be completely honest with yourself as to why you want this career change.
2. What Do I Want?
Number 2 question to ask yourself is “what do I want?” So just take a minute, get a pen and paper and write it out if you need to:
What do you want out of life?
Stop thinking about career for a second and just look at a bigger picture. So what is it that you want on a day to day basis? What is it that you want in the bigger scheme of things? What does success look like to you?
For some people, that is having a fabulous home to invite family over for Thanksgiving and having the latest and greatest luxury car. For other people, success means writing a book. For other people, success means going on a missionary trip to an underdeveloped country and help build houses.
What does life look like to you? What is it that you want out of life and how does this career change fit into that bigger picture?
That’s question number 2.
3. Do I Need More Training?
Number 3 is “Do you need more training?”. Would I need more training in order to go through this transition? Do you have the certifications that you need? Do you have the experience? Whatever you know already or whatever you’re doing, is it transferable into this new career path or do you need to go back to school?
For some of us, being out of school after ten years, or whatever, and thinking about having to go back to taking tests, and getting prepared for presentations may be a little intimidating? Are you ready for that? Because that might be part of your career change plans.
That’s the third question to ask yourself. Do I need more training or do I need certifications? What is it that you need, practically, in terms of papers, to transition into this new career?
4. Is There A Market Need?
The fourth question that I want you to ask yourself is “Is there a market for this new career that you’re looking into?”.
Are there needs in the market that you can fill and what is it that you personally are bringing that is new and different into this market? I would hate for you to go through all of this planning, all of this excitement and then find out that people are just not paying for that or the market is saturated already.
Just be very practical about your approach in looking into the market. Go to the library and take out some books, and find out what is out there in terms of this market that you’re looking to go into.
Pro Tip: Ask around!
Ask people that are already doing this, if they see growth in their field. Ask people about the things that you’re thinking about bringing to the world. Is it something that people are getting excited about, something they would pay for? Just do a little bit of market research. Maybe visit your Small Business Center in your area and enroll their help. Just be prepared, know what you want, know what you’re looking for and then ask very savvy questions about what is it out there that, what’s the market looking like these days in that field.
5. Am I Financially Ready For This?
The fifth question to ask yourself, last but not least is “Am I financially ready for this?”.
This question is a very important one because chances are if you’re changing careers, you’re not going to start at the top of that field. You’re going to have to build your resume or you’re going to have to build your clientele until you get to that point. You need to have a little cushion while you make the transition. You’re going to have to put together a little savings plan, prepare yourself financially, and starting now instead of leaving it for later so that you can transition into this new career without having to hurt yourself and your family financially.
There you have it! The five key questions to ask yourself when you’re looking into a career change.
Now I would love to hear from you. Are you thinking about a career change and if you have, what was the tipping point? What was it that made you decide that “you know what? I’m serious about this. I really need to just go ahead and start doing it now”? What was that moment? What was that thing that let you know that it was time to make the switch?
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Until then, lots of love and success.
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