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As part of our lifestyle we need to ensure that we are happy in the work that we do. Partly, this is why so many parents choose a freelance career. They end up choosing their own hours and they can fit it around their lives. But what happens when the children have grown up and it’s now time to think about starting on the career ladder all over again. For anybody out there considering a career change it’s important to ask yourself a multitude of questions.
What Skills Do You Have Right Now?
Even if you did your degree 20 years ago it’s still an important piece of paper that you can use as part of your job search. If you did a degree in communications there are plenty of career options for communication majors. But you have to think about the skills you have in a formal sense as well as what you’ve acquired over the years. A lot of employers and looking at the skills package in a more holistic sense. If you can show a specific employer how you are able to translate skills you learnt in the real world into a specific role this could put you head and shoulders above your competition.
Does The Salary Really Matter?
One of the big reasons people decide to change their career or try a new job is to get more money. And while everybody needs a decent salary you’ve got to make sure that the job you want to do is well balanced. If you are working 12-hour days for a modest salary it may not be worth it in the long run. The salary means you can provide more for your children and give them more things but we have to remember that with an increase in salary comes an increase in responsibilities.
Do You Fully Understand The Job You Want?
It’s not just about the role; it’s to do with the company the perks and the culture. You need to know what you are looking for and understand if you are a good fit for the job. It’s important to conduct as much research into your ideal career as possible. It sounds obvious, but sometimes we are looking for something that won’t fulfil us years down the line.
Why Do You Want To Change Career?
Possibly the most important question. When we decide that we want to change career, we’ve got to look at our working circumstances as well as our life. If you’re already doing a certain job, are you looking to leave it because the grass is greener on the other side? You may very well be doing something you don’t like but you’ve still got to make sure that the next job you leap into is going to fulfill you completely. If you jump into a new job, especially if you hit a bad patch in your current working situation, it might be better for you to ride it out. After all, every job has bad patches.
It’s not uncommon for people to change their career numerous times throughout their life. But when you decide to take a leap you’ve got to make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.