Contemplating a Career Change? - Abby Locke

Contemplating a Career Change?

No matter what kind of work you do, don’t be surprised if there comes a time when you think of switching careers.

After all, many of us have romanticized ideas about one career or another. 

But things didn’t go that way and you ended up doing something else instead. 

However, now you’ve reached a point where you’re seriously considering a career change.

Maybe you got laid off or worked for a company that closed during the pandemic.

Or you might just be looking to change what you do and be more passionate about work.

Before you take the plunge, do your homework.

Consider these issues whenever you’re contemplating a career change:

1. What kind of work do you want to do?

Do you have a couple of top choices or just one? If you’re considering a career change, you may already know the answer to this question.

2. Is the job you want within your reach?

See if you can simply build on what you already know to pursue a new job. 

3. Does the career you want require training or education?

Education requires energy and drive. Do you have that kind of commitment and drive to make it happen? 

4. Can you Interview someone who has the job?

Write down all the questions you have about the career path. If you know someone personally who has the job you long for, give him a call.

People love to talk about what they know. 

5. Can you research the career on the Internet?

You’ll find a wealth of information online on every kind of job.

6. What about checking out online resources?

If you need coursework or technical training, find out where you can get it done from the convenience of your own home. 

7. Are there local prospects you can connect to?

Are there local jobs or career opportunities available in your desired field?

Unless you’re willing to move for your job, ensure you’d be able to do the work where you’re now living.

8. Have you considered the re-education and training costs?

If you have some savings, there’s nothing better to invest in than your future.

Depending on the field that interests you, you might even be able to obtain grants to complete coursework or training requirements.

9. Have you assessed the time commitment needed?

How much time will you need to prepare to look for work in the field?

Depending on the career you’re considering, you might be able to start right away. Or your dream job might require three or four years of education or training first.

10. How much do you want it?

Just do it!

One of the most exciting experiences you’ll ever have is engaging in the work of your dreams.

Although you might feel some initial fear and apprehension about making a career change, take a chance on yourself anyway.