Changing career direction is a serious
move and should not be undertaken lightly. Gather information
from various sources to confirm the prospects for you
in the new career.
Have you thought about the following?
How similar is the new job area to my current
job? To what extent can I picture myself doing
the job? Can I work shadow someone doing the job
to get a real feel for day-to-day activities and
Is this new career area flourishing? Is there
a real demand for people like me? Can
I talk to someone who made a similar transition?
Finances - will I have to invest money in my
own training? What about loss of earnings while
training? What about going backwards to a lower
Am I prepared to go back to the beginning and
start my career again?
Family impact - will the family support study
through peace and quiet and accept loss of income?
Age - will I have long enough in the career
for employers to be interested in my training and
work? Is this a career area where maturity and
experience are valued? Will it be considered in my
favour that I will be likely to remain loyal to this
employer? Is this essentially a young person's
Health - I want to do a job that will take
account of my health or disability
Is there any way that I can test the idea by
moving over gradually, such as working part-time or
Does my situation actually demand that I change
career or would changing employer
Now compile a thorough list of the issues that are important
to you. Make a list of the positives and negatives of
changing careers and
of not changing careers. Enlist the help of family, friends,
career mentor and other People
resources in assessing your situation honestly and
Take a fresh look at yourself
Take a fresh look
at yourself and examine your skills
and experience , interests and values.
Return to look at
your career needs to consider personal and work factors that
are important to you.
Start to compile all this information in your Career