Job security, boredom, needing a challenge, these are all reasons people have for changing career.
But before you leave a job to make a move to a new industry, there are some potential pitfalls to consider. Leah Lambart, a career coach at Relaunch Me, gave her insight in an article for Seek. Her top things to consider include:
Making a rash decision
Before you hand in your resignation, map out a plan and some goals. “Don’t rush into a career change without taking the time to do some self-assessment and get a sense of what other careers would be your best fit,” Lambart says.
Make time to speak to people in any industry you’re interested in changing in to, to see if it’s right for you. “There is no use going back to study only to find yourself in the same situation, or worse, a few years down the track,” Lambart says.
Changing careers because you dislike your current job
“In many cases, people are unhappy at work for reasons that don’t require a career change, such as a clash of personalities, a boss who is micromanaging, a long commute that is exhausting, or a job where the work has become dull or repetitive.”
Rather than leaving, there could be small changes that make a huge difference to your happiness in your current job. Perhaps it’s talking to your boss about having more autonomy, finding new projects for variety, or finding ways to resolve a clash with someone.
Changing careers without research or self-reflection
Careers take time and effort to establish, so it’s worth putting in time to make sure a change is right, too. “Changing careers is not something to embark on without doing the research,” Lambart says.
Start with online research, then try to speak to people in those fields about what the work is like. “Insights from people in the industry will ensure you are making an informed choice.”
Changing careers for the money
Income is of course important but try not to make your decision based on the highest pay. “Everyone has different values, and money is often not a consideration at all for some people,” Lambart says.
Ideally, a new role should match your interests, values, and strengths, she says. “To achieve that ‘career sweet spot’ you need to be energised by what you’re doing, it needs to come naturally, it needs to meet your values and it needs to allow you to live the lifestyle that you want.”
Being overly influenced by others
Friends, family, colleagues and people in industries you’re interested in can be great sources of information or encouragement, so talking to them is important.
Be mindful, though, that family and friends may not understand why you feel the need for a career change. Even when family and friends are well-meaning, try not to be too influenced by them.
Not adjusting your approach
Before you apply for new roles in different fields, update your resume and online profiles, Lambart says. Add or highlight your transferable skills, relevant training and experience, so a future employer can see your ability to do the job without specific experience.
If a new role is what you are seeking, then get in touch with us to see how we can help you land your dream job. We have many services that can assist you with this transition including updating your resume and cover letter to highlight your transferable skills.