Women looking to change their career should take into consideration several factors before making the leap…
5 questions to ask yourself before making a change in your career:
- Can you practically afford to make a career change?
- How will it affect your family and home life?
- Will the pay differential be worth the change in career?
- What kinds of educational or professional requirements do you have?
- Can you handle a different working schedule?
Step one: If you’re married or in a long term partnership, one of the first steps to take when making a career change is to have a discussion with your partner, spouse and family. You want to ensure that everyone both understands your motives for the career change and are supportive of the shift.
Step two (whether you’re in a relationship or single) is to take a good look at your financial budget. Can you reasonably afford all of your bills and other expenses when you make a new career change? Will you have to move your location of residence if you decide to take this new job? How much in gas and vehicle expenses might you have to pay as a result of taking on a new job position? Will you need to go back to school for continuing education or get additional training?
Step three… if there are positions at your current company in a similar field, you may want to consult with your current manager or supervisor of your intentions or ideas about making a career change. Perhaps they might even assist you in making such a important change, by offering you a different position in the same company.
The pros to making a career change
Pros to making a career change might include an increase in yearly salary, improved family and living situations, and an overall sense of well being in oneself, as perhaps you are unhappy in your current career so making that career move could be a change for the better.
A career shift is often related to not only wanting to better yourself but also live out your true purpose and dreams in life. But there are also cons that need to be considered…
To cons to making a career change
Cons to making a career change may be that perhaps it might take a bit more time than you need, to find and obtain the position you really want, and there is the potential setback of what if you end up unemployed for too long, and you have to consider how that would seriously affect your lifestyle and personal finances.
Another con to making a career change is that you may end up taking a cut in your salary and making less money at another career might not be the most practical idea, even if it is a job you would love to have. The goal of any career change should be to go forwards and upwards, not backwards or behind.
With anything in life, it’s always best to have a set plan of action before making any big changes. Little by little, step by step, you will find the right path for you, your life and your career!