Overcoming Obstacles To A Career Switch
It?s always challenging to consider a huge change in your life, and
there may be many reasons why you think changing careers is not
possible. Here are some common obstacles with tips on how to overcome
It?s too much work to change careers. Where
would I ever begin? Changing careers does require a substantial time
investment. However, remember that it does not happen all at once. If
you sit down and map out a rough plan of attack, breaking down larger
tasks into smaller ones, it is a lot more manageable than you think. And
if the payoff is a happier, more successful career, it?s worth it.
I?m too old to change careers.
I need to stay where I am. If you have worked for a number of years,
you may feel that you?ve put too much time and effort into your career
to change midstream. Or you may be concerned about retirement and health
benefits. However, the more you?ve worked, the more likely you are to
have skills that can transfer to a new career. Even if you are close to
receiving a pension or other benefits, you can start to plan now for a
career transition after retirement.
I don?t have enough skills to consider a new career.You may be unaware of the skills you have, or low self-esteem may lead
you to underestimate your marketability. Either way, you probably have
more skills than you think. Consider skills you?ve learned not only from
your job but also from hobbies, volunteering, or other life
experiences. And gaining skills is not an all-or-nothing proposition.
You can volunteer once a week or take a night class to move forward, for
example, without quitting your current job.
In this economy, I?m lucky to have a job.
I don?t want to rock the boat. In today?s climate, it might feel like
too much of a risk to consider changing careers. However, if you?re
unhappy in your current job, doing research on other options will only
benefit you in the long run. You may discover a career with a more
stable long-term outlook than your current career, for example. And you
don?t have to quit your current job until you are confident of your new
Written by: Sam Mwangi