Guest Blogger: Andrea Kay, Author of “Life’s a Bitch and Then You Change Careers: 9 steps to get out of our funk and on to your future” firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s never going to be a convenient time to change your career. If you’re waiting until you have no obligations, the economy is right or the moon and stars are perfectly aligned, you may as well forget it. Stop listening to the negative collective, which is saying: “This is not a good time to change careers.” Why would it be the wrong moment to change your direction? A time when thousands of jobs–maybe yours–has been lost and are never coming back. Why would this be a dismal time to search your soul for work that’s more fitting to who you are, where the world is headed and where you can be more employable?
Why, when you may not have even liked what you did all these years, would this be a deplorable time to listen to that restless gnawing in the pit of your gut that’s been nudging you to change? To take stock of what you’d like to have more of in your work. Things like challenge, more meaning or more of a life.
This moment might be the perfect juncture for a career change. You’ll never know if you don’t ask yourself some practical questions like: What might a career change cost you in terms of time, money and relationships? Once you answer that, then you can decide if you’re willing to do what it takes and whether it’s a good time for a career change.
No one can guarantee how successful you’ll be. You may make less money than before. But it’s possible you’ll make more. You may get rejected 100 times before someone wants to hire you. Then again, one “yes” could change your life for the better.
If I sound impatient, I am. And you should be impatient with yourself too. Because I know you want more out of your life, and you have the ability to go after it. When it comes to making a career change, now is as good a time as any. And possibly better.