With one in four workers seeking new roles in the future, you are not alone if you are considering a change in career this year. The main reason behind this change is that people want to work for companies that have better values. Other people just want a completely fresh start or a better work-life balance.
With increased challenges in particular industries such as manufacturing, construction, tech and logistics, employees are looking for slightly less stressful roles that don’t have added time pressures. Burnout is another reason why people are looking to change their career. There has been an unprecedented rise in burnout during the past couple of years. Mainly caused by the switch of working from home and there being no real work-life balance. Many realised that life is simply too short, and are wanting to strike a balance between enjoying life and earning the money they need in order to live.
Things To Consider Before Changing Career
Of course changing your career is a huge move, so we would definitely advise you to not rush into it. Whatever your motivations for changing careers, you need to make sure you have considered both the pros and the cons. Writing out a pros/cons list is a great way to do this. It is so easy to be motivated for the wrong reasons, such as a toxic company culture.
Think about your career development and where you want to be in the long-term. Can you put up with a grumpy boss for a couple more years so that you get where you need to further on in your career? Luckily retraining has never been more accessible, particularly with the rise of distance learning. So if you are looking to completely change your career path then there has never been a better time.
Here are a few questions we would recommend you ask yourself before taking the leap:
- Do you know what career you want to pursue?
- Have you researched the salary expectations for this new career? Does that fit with your lifestyle?
- Can you balance a career change around your current commitments?
- Are you comfortable with starting lower down the ladder and working up again?
- Do you have both the time and funds to study again if you are wanting to retrain?
Career Change Ideas For All Ages
Don’t feel that you are restricted by your age, there is no such thing as being too old to study anyway. By the age of 30, you may have become particularly established in one industry and be looking to start a family. This means that stability is quite important, and you will probably already have ‘hands-on’ experience to bring to the table. Therefore, careers such as business management and personal training would be ideal.
For those heading towards their 40s, you may decide to work within the current organisation but move horizontally to expand your skills. So for example if you currently work in sales, you may decide to venture into the world of marketing to see how closely the two align. Others decide to go down the route of teaching or consultancy at this age to impart their wisdom on others. If this is something you are thinking of, then you will need to undertake the Level 3 Award in Education & Training, so more studying too!
How We Can Help
Over the years we have worked closely with many adult learners and helped them through their Assessor qualifications. With extensive experience and knowledge, we are able to advise you on the best course for your needs. Get in touch today for a chat with our expert advisors – call us on 01205 805155.