By Chris Temelkos
Are you happy with the career direction you’ve taken? If you answered ‘No,’ then maybe it’s time for a career change. Whether you’re young or old, it’s never too late to make the switch. The sooner you make it, the happier you’ll be. We all learn from our mistakes, although it takes some of us longer than others to realize it. A wrong career choice is just another mistake, that can have a major impact on our lives. To avoid the same mistake again, we must carefully analyze our future options.
Analyzing our interests, character traits and the type of environment we thrive in can help us decide whether a particular career is suited to us or not. It’s as simple as listing these items on a piece of paper and doing a little bit of comparing with potential careers. Another great idea is to line up some informational interviews, these will give you insight into the industry and career through the perspective of someone currently working in it.
I haven’t mentioned a career counsellor because, I’ve been to one and feel that they aren’t very effective, but feel free to try one out for yourself. The key to making a positive career change is self-analysis and research, not to mention, going with your gut. When you’ve made the change, you may need to update your education, so be aware of your financial situation and whether you can afford the time and money. Also, remember that you will have to start at the bottom and work your way up, but making the right decision can make it bearable and rewarding.