Looking to Change Career? Here's What You Need to Know First

A career change can be stressful - it's not a decision you should take lightly. In saying that - it might be the right decision for you. But how do you know for sure? We're going to look at some tips for potential career changers, so you know what to look for first and make sure it's really the right choice for you.

Do proper research

You might think you want to change careers, but you won't know for sure unless you look at the numbers. You can't make a big decision like this on whim.

Make sure you've studied every aspect of your new career - whether you'll need additional training and how much that'll cost. Many people who are eager to get out of their current career simply over-emphasize the benefits without looking at the costs and downsides.

You might see headline earning figures for your new career without looking at how much you could realistically earn within your first few years and how long it'll take to get there. Make sure you know what you'll be earning right away and make sure you can afford to do so.

Proper research isn't just about looking at statistics, either. There's loads of information available for various specific potential careers. For example, if you're thinking of becoming an esthetician - you can do the right research and find out more.

As friends and other people already in your new career

If you know somebody who already does what you want to do - make sure you talk to them. Talking to someone can be helpful because it'll make you aware of some of the downsides recruiters might shy away from.

Work experience is key

If at all possible - doing some volunteer or work experience in your new industry BEFORE the big move could be highly beneficial. Then you can evaluate whether it's something you really want to do when the pressure is off and before you've left your old job.

Talk to your current boss

If you're unhappy in your current job - leaving isn't necessarily your only option. Have a chat with people at your current workplace and let them know what you're thinking - you'd be surprised how understanding some people can be. You might actually be able to alter your current role or get an internal move - or even a promotion to a position where you'll be happier. Changing careers is a big decision - and it isn't always the right one.

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