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Looking To Change Careers? Read This First!

Updated on April 27, 2011

If you are thinking about changing careers, there may be some things that you want to consider first. Changing from an established career to a new career is a big step, and should never be taken lightly.

Here's a question to ask yourself before making the "Big Step."

Why do I want to change? This question covers a vast area and is the most important question to ask yourself before finalizing a career change. Some answers that you may give yourself are as follows:

  1. Not enough income.
  2. This job doesn't really define who I am.
  3. I see potential in making a better life somewhere else.
  4. I don't like my boss or coworkers.
  5. I want something more challenging.
  6. My age or health is keeping me from giving my current job the quality that I once did.

These are all common reasons that people give for changing their job status. But a deeper look into your true heart of hearts may give you better insight. Some other questions to ask may be...

What will happen if I change jobs?

Will I be able to pay my bills?

Will changing jobs better my situation?

Is this just a mid-life crisis and something I'll regret doing later?

Too many times people allow boredom, frustration, or discontentment make their decisions for them without thinking through the consequences. If you're suffering from burnout, make sure that you have time to clear your head so that you can make wise choices. Take a vacation, pray for guidance, and anything else that will help you restore your focus.

Maybe it's the money that you need. Maybe you wish to further your education, and land a higher paying job. Maybe you just want a better situation for your family or you want to take a load off yourself because of debts.

Before changing jobs in this case, consider how much money it will take to further your education and if the job that you will get will pay for itself in the long run. If you want to make things better for your family, first make sure that the time and effort that your new job will require doesn't take you "away" from your family. The monetary benefit will not be as important as the benefit of having you. And if the reason is debt, make sure that when you start making more money that you don't take the habits with you that got you into debt in the first place.

If it's people at your job that is bothering you, remind yourself that almost every job requires working with people. Changing jobs won't necessarily eliminate this problem.

If it's your age or health that seems to be standing in your way, just make sure that you're not feeding excuses. Even older individuals and those with less than perfect health can still often produce quality work. Don't feel intimidated by those younger or stronger than you. However, if your complaint is legitimate, it may be time to weigh your options.

Your satisfied that it's meant to change jobs. Everything checks out and you have a green light. What should you do now?

Are you suppressing your dreams behind the walls of despair?
Are you suppressing your dreams behind the walls of despair?

Like I mentioned earlier, a deeper look inside may reveal a lot. Maybe you've had a dream or goal that you've been suppressing for years. And if your honest with yourself, you'll never be happy until that dream is fulfilled. Start taking measures to check into what it would take to fulfill that dream. The wonderful thing about technology, is that you can use it to research any subject that you so desire and find out everything you need to know about it before proceeding. Use this to your benefit. Many times our "dreams" are actually "callings." This is who you really are and what you are most passionate about. This is what will ultimately make you fulfilled. So my advice to you is..."Follow your dreams!" However, don't quit the old job cold turkey. Make sure that you still have income coming in while you test the waters.

If you see potential in making a better life monetarily, but don't know which direction to turn, take your skills and strengths into consideration; don't throw them away with your old job. For instance, if you're currently a teacher but decide that you need a change, consider some place where you can still implement your strengths and skills. More than likely, you have a leader's character and a care-giver's heart. Think about areas where these qualities will come in handy when looking for a new job.

If you find yourself not quite as strong and youthful as before, it may not be the best time to change careers, but it's definitely not time to sit down either. There are many things that you can still do. Try working from home or something that requires light duty. Don't give up though, working will help you stay young and healthy!

Finally, never go into a job that you don't like. This is just asking for trouble. If you have to do something temporarily to put food on the table that is one thing, but for a life career, it is wise to choose something that expresses who you are. Your job is in many ways part of your identity. Choose something that defines you.

Work From the Comfort of Your Own Home!
Work From the Comfort of Your Own Home!


You're sick and tired of trading your valuable time for a few measly dollars. You're tired of watching your children grow up without you. Home is just a place where you eat and sleep.

Maybe it's time that you tried working from home. (At least as a supplemental income until you can get going)! There are so many options out there!

Here are a couple of thiings I recommend, and is what my family and I are currently doing.

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Sell on eBay. This is something that you can do as a family so you will be together working as a team! Shop together at yard sales, wholesale shops, and even the clearance rack at Wal-Mart! Figure to aim for at least a 30 percent profit margin per item to make it worth your while.


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      kimmy 8 years ago

      does that website really work? im always scared that you pay the 70 bucks then its a scam and you dont earn money and you have to continually pay. just wondering if its real or a scam

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      deestew 9 years ago from Kentucky

      This is very informative and gives much to consider. Thank you.

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      Carisa Gourley 10 years ago from Oklahoma City Metro, Oklahoma

      Thanks for the comments, everyone. Glad to be of help.

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      Wehzo 10 years ago

      Great hub! Very informative, with a dose of good advice.

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      Ricardo Nunes 10 years ago from Portugal

      Some times changing carrear it´s the best thing to do!

      "...never go into a job that you don't like..." that´s a great true!

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      Aman 10 years ago

      Your hub is informative.Thumbs up for you.