3 Questions You Need to Ask Before Making a Career Change

Most people spend one-third of their lives at work. That’s a lot of time…or around 90,000 hours to be exact. It can feel even longer if you’re not happy where you are in your career. Whether it’s due to stress, lack of engagement or poor compensation, all these can add up to a lower quality of life and signal that it’s time to make a big change.

However, before you take the leap, it’s critical to do some homework first. This includes asking yourself a few key questions. Once you know the answers, you’ll be able to make an informed choice and chart your new path forward. Here’s a look at three of them:

Do you want to change careers or just jobs?

If you’re unhappy in your current role, then switching careers entirely might sound enticing. However, you’d likely have to start over – in a lower level position – when you do. It’s therefore important to think carefully about whether it’s your career that needs a change or simply your employer. Or, perhaps, you’re ready for a step up in your existing field with a promotion. There are many different options to consider and it’s up to you to determine which is the right one for you.

What are the pros and cons of switching careers?

If you’re moving into a field you love, one you’re passionate about, that’s an obvious benefit. But what about the downside? There will likely be a few obstacles to overcome and it’s your job to identify and think them through before actually making a move.

For instance, it might take longer to actually find a new job. You may have to move to get a position in your field. Plus, you might have to accept a role where you’re earning less since you’re starting out. These are all real possibilities and you’ll have to decide whether it’s worth the risk.

How much do you know about your potential new field?

Whatever sparked your interest in it, it’s critical to dig deeper and research it thoroughly. This can even include reaching out to employers for informational interviews. These are designed to provide you with information, rather than the opportunity to apply for a job, so you can get a clearer sense of whether a field is right for you.

Also, talk to those you know who work in the field and ask questions about the good, the bad and the ugly. You’ll be able to dispel any myths or misleading notions and have a stronger sense of what it’s really like.

If you’ve answered these questions and made the decision to move forward with your career change, let the Houston recruiters at Murray Resources help you through it. We can offer insight and advice on your transferable skills, as well as connect you with employers interested in a background like yours. You’ll find a new opportunity, faster, one that helps you get your new career off the ground. Contact us today or search our jobs now.