At some point in life, most of us become accustomed to our own routine. It’s comfortable, predictable, and we feel somewhat safe always dealing with what is expected. If you spend enough time doing one thing, especially if you’ve trained and obtained appropriate education for it, you feel as if there’s no way you could possibly change your professional path later in life. Years into your career, it feels as if it were set in stone. In reality, this mindset is the only thing preventing you from taking a new road, one with different professional challenges.
A career change can come with numerous perks, and even though the decision can seem risky especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, you can prepare yourself in different ways in order to make the transition smooth and seamless, and all the more rewarding. Here’s how you can change your professional journey and choose a new career path, and what it means for your life.
Achieving financial growth and stability
One of the primary incentives for people to change their careers is to seek out greater stability. It might be difficult to envision that switching careers could possibly bring more stability than risk, but it all depends on what field you choose, and which field you’re coming from.
It also depends on how you define financial stability. If you only look at your current salary, then maybe your current job does seem more sensible. However, if you think about your retirement fund, your health coverage, the ability to invest in a potentially lucrative opportunity, and many other perks – then maybe your old position doesn’t fare so well compared to a new career.
Take your time to do some research. Consider the overarching financial gain that might come from changing your career, if your new job comes with more coverage, a stronger pension, and better perks such as more vacation days, more leave of absence, better childcare, fitness packages, and the like.
Choosing a purpose-driven career
In times of stress and hardship, such as the current pandemic, we tend to obtain a new vantage point of our own lives. We want to make a difference more than ever, and we want to do so continuously, so why not allow your career to be one such outlet of good deeds and positive change in the world? The perfect example is the healthcare industry – in dire need of reinforcements, educated workers, and stability, more people are joining the healthcare workforce to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
Learning what to do in case of emergencies with advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and the pediatric version of the same skills (PALS) is one of the smartest ways healthcare workers as well as non-experts can help. This could be an opportunity for you to do the same and be better prepared for the pandemic with ACLS, to provide emergency care in life-threatening situations to those who need it most. Yes, healthcare is a lucrative field, but also one that attracts people with their hearts set on making a difference through helping others.
Checking your own passions and hobbies
The simplest way to see if you are actually doing what you love is to ask yourself whether you’d do it for free, and happily so. That is why so many people today turn to their own hobbies and transform them into side-gigs or even lucrative entrepreneurial careers, by setting out on their own to do what they love most. If you enjoy cooking and baking, you can create an online presence and sell homemade meals, or offer a birthday catering service. This doesn’t require a degree, but it does require a unique selling proposition for your local market.
If you’re passionate about photography and you have ample experience, you can start a side career selling your photos or your professional photography services at specific occasions such as weddings. This will help you get a taste of the career before you make the final switch, and it will help you prepare yourself in a financial sense, too.
Considering other changes in your life
Depending on your current profession and your potential aspirations, you might come across more than a single change in your lifestyle. For example, certain professions will require you to travel, to relocate your entire family, or it might allow you the freedom to become a digital nomad if you so wish. Maybe your work hours will be flexible, so you can spend your mornings with your family and use your work hours in the later afternoon.
Maybe your career change will enable you to take dance lessons, apply to a workshop or an educational seminar, and use your free time to further expand your skills and knowledge. For example, kick-starting your career in programming might give you precisely the lifestyle you’ve been craving this whole time. Changing your job is more than just looking for a new employer. Consider it a perfect opportunity to bring more beauty into your life, more flexibility, healthier family bonds, and more time for self-care.
A career change is often so much more than your decision what you’ll do from nine to five. It’s about discovering what you are great at, what brings more passion into your life, and what gives you a sense of purpose and fulfillment. It might take time to reach the best decision in this respect, but turning to a rewarding, life-altering career might bring you more joy than you can ever anticipate. Look to these potential perks of switching your profession, and different ways to explore your options, and perhaps 2021 will begin with a fresh career start, too.