The common wisdom among career experts used to be that once you stop learning in your current job, it's time to move on. Having gone through a deep recession with its inherent fears about job security, that might not be true any longer. Or, it may only apply to younger workers who usually have more freedom and fewer responsibilities to consider when they change jobs.
For people contemplating a career change, the decision isn't as clear-cut. Career changers are often people who've spent a number of years in their current field and workplace. They want to do something entirely different or start their own businesses. If they're at mid-career, they're also likely to have mortgages and families to support.
For those people, a career change means thinking long and hard before taking the plunge. Clairvoyant readings may provide an objective view of the risks and opportunities that await them if they decide to go ahead with the change. Gaining this additional insight from our psychic line is a good first step in the decision-making process.
Examine Your Feelings
Forbes magazine recommended prospective career changers consider a number of issues, most of them linked to your emotional state, to determine if a new direction is warranted. Even if the salary is good, it may not make up for being bored and feeling unfulfilled by your work routine.
To the outside world, you may still be meeting every deadline and project goal. Only you will know if it doesn't yield any satisfaction. If you're making all the right moves, getting the job done right and still feeling a disconnect with the outcome, listen to your inner voice.
Make Concrete Moves
Your talents and abilities won't go away if you give up your current work. They'll go with you in whatever capacity you decide to use them later.
Career coach Kathy Caprino advised people to look around their current company or industry to see if there's a place where they could use the same skills and manage the same responsibilities in a different area, but still related to the field they're in. It's also a way to buy time if a change is inevitable.
Meet with a career counselor to take a self-assessment test that will pinpoint what you really want to accomplish in your work. Analyze what talents you have that aren't being used properly and the kind of work environment where you'll be happiest.
Do a thorough review of your financial life to determine your economic needs during a transitional period in a new line of work. If you need to go back to school, you still have to pay family and home expenses. See if there's a way to keep working while you take classes to prepare for your new direction.
More than likely, the move into a new field will take some time. Significant changes don't happen overnight, so do your research, line up financial resources and carefully analyze what you'll need to move ahead. That way, your move into a new career will be on a firm footing.