There are some vital things to consider before embarking on an exciting career change. Whilst once there was a time when people would get a job in a company and remain there for life, people nowadays often embark on two, three, or even more career changes in their lifetime. There are, however, some important things to think about before quitting your job and pursuing that dream of opening a cake decorating business (other careers are available). So here are some things to ponder over before that exciting career change
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY
Well, it’s not really. I don’t believe money can make you happy, but it’s important to think about finances before setting sail on the career change ocean, where you’re likely to come across choppy waters on the journey ahead. There are many financial factors to consider, for example, can you afford it right now? Perhaps you have some savings you could use to retrain and to cover your living expenses. Could you take out a loan to fund the course you would like to take? Remember to think about the repayments on a loan and how much interest you will have to pay. Will you be giving up benefits in your current position, for example, medical and pension? What about childcare expenses? Sometimes it’s possible to work part-time whilst retraining for your new career, which could alleviate some of the financial pressure that comes with leaving a full-time position. Think carefully about all these things and more importantly, discuss your ideas about this exciting career change with your nearest and dearest
It’s good to have goals and something to work towards. The classic question is, where is it you would like to be in five years? If you’re working towards opening your own business, a business plan is essential. Having goals will keep you on track on the career change journey, which is important to remain motivated and to help stay focused along the way
GIVE ME REASONS
Think about what the reasons are for your change in direction. Is it something you have always dreamed of doing but never had the courage? Are you doing it because you hate your current job or because you long to do something else? Consult web forums and read books about the career you’re pursuing. Speak to people who do the job and get some practical experience by volunteering or interning. The last thing you want is to jump feet first into something without knowing as much as possible about it.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE DOING?
Sometimes, life finds us instead of the other way round and we find ourselves falling into a job. Before we know it, ten years have passed and we find that we haven’t been pursuing our dreams, either through fear or a feeling that we had to follow a certain path. Remember, we’re only here once and it’s important to do something that you love, so find your passion and pursue it relentlessly. It’s always possible to turn that hobby you love into a career!