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Questions to ask if you’re considering switching career fields

Questions to ask if you’re considering switching career fields

Author: Laurie Knafo/Wednesday, October 02, 2019/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, For Job Seekers, SNI Certes, For Job Seekers, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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A lot of us have been there. Working our current job and wondering what it would be like to work in a completely different field. Perhaps it’s a career you’ve always dreamed about but you felt obligated to go into the field you currently are in, or it’s simply something you “fell into”. Regardless, there is this small voice in your head (and on somedays perhaps it’s shouting) for you to change course. In today’s blog we look at the questions to ask yourself if you are considering changing career fields and what steps you can take to start moving in that direction.

Why do you want to change fields?
First it’s important to distinguish the difference between being unhappy at work with wanting to change careers. If you’re going through a more stressful time at work where you are under extreme pressure and are having disagreements with your manager it’s probably that you want a way out of your current circumstances and not really a complete career overhaul.  Be honest with yourself and don’t make any rash decisions. We suggest writing out a list of what you don’t like about your job as well as what you do like. This will help you see what type of work environment you thrive in, why it is that you’re thinking of changing roles, and what is important to you should you decide that you want change course in your career. It might even put things into perspective and help you realize that you actually like the field you are in, just not necessarily that particular job.

What’s important to you outside of work?
When thinking about changing careers, people are often given the advice to “do what they love” because as the saying goes, “Do what you love and you'll never work a day”. While that’s a beautiful sentiment and perhaps something to strive for, it’s also important to take into account where you are in your life and what lifestyle you have outside of work. For instance, if you are a parent perhaps a better work life balance is important to you right now. Or if you’re someone who loves to travel, having a good amount of paid time off each year is important. In addition, it’s important to think about how your decision will impact others. Perhaps you’re financially supporting your family. It just might not be realistic to completely change careers where you would likely have to start at the ground level while learning and could take a financial pay cut. Take these factors into account when thinking about changing careers and ensure it allows you to live the life you want, not just at work, but also outside of work.

What other skills do you have?
If you’ve thought long and hard about it and had discussions with those that the career change will impact and still decide you’d like to pursue a new career you need to think about what skills you currently have that will help you enter into the new field. You may need to consider further education and training in order to transition into a new career. Do you have the financial means to make that happen? It may be something you need to save up for and staying in your current role may be necessary until you’ve built up savings to help provide a financial runway to make the transition.

We hope these suggestions are helpful to those considering a career change. Before making the jump, it’s important to be honest with yourself as to why you want to change course, make sure those impacted are on the same page, and have the means in place before putting in your notice.

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Laurie Knafo
Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo

Laurie Knafo is Regional Vice President for SNI. Her 30+ years in the recruiting business enable her to bring insightful counsel to companies and candidates looking to make the most out of their staffing relationships.

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