Have you ever wondered about shifting careers that is way too unrelated to your current career? Career transitions may pose challenges and anyone stuck in such circumstance may find it a scary idea at first. However, with the right strategic moves, it is actually possible. In reality, the average person will actually shift careers once in his or her lifetime.
The following circumstances are clear signs to shifting careers:
You can’t see yourself doing the same job in 10 or 20 years.
After realizing that you’re not passionate anymore about your job, consider taking some time to assess yourself. Re-examine career goals and determine which skills are transferable and which ones need to be acquired.
You noticed that the job outlook in your field has not improved for a while now.
Job outlooks change with time and are particularly dependent to current trends such as in economy and technology. If the job outlook in your current occupation has recently worsened, shifting to careers with a more positive forecast may be a strategic move.
Recent life choices has sparked a new interest.
You do not have to wait for major life changing events such as marriage or childbirth. If you look at it closely, daily experiences could actually influence you to think about changing careers. Say you’ve been hiking almost every weekend for the past 3 months, inspiring you to think about shifting careers to becoming a tourist guide in your area. Or you may have traveled recently abroad, making you think about doing location-independent work.
Your current career doesn’t coincide with your career values anymore.
One’s core values refer to a set of beliefs in which one lives his or her life. Examples of these values include honesty, altruism, creativity, innovation, and intellectual stimulation. If the current career path you’re following doesn’t coincide anymore with your values, you may find yourself unhappy and unfulfilled.
By and large, shifting careers requires knowing your options, evaluating your career goals, and actually having the resolve to embrace change.