Changing careers is a drastic change that requires some serious consideration. After all, in many cases, the reason for this decision is fixable, but some people prefer not to figure out what’s really wrong. To make sure you’re on the right path, we’re going to take a smart approach.

Before you make that final decision and start pacing your desk, ask yourself the following questions:

Question #1: Is it Possible for Me to Stay?

Many people make a mistake by changing careers without considering all options in their current company. If you already know what you are looking for but still have not decided to leave, ask your supervisor or manager if there is room for improvement or change in your role. Naturally, you have to be a high-performing employee so the supervisor considers the request reasonable and relevant.

You may be surprised by the possibilities that your current company can provide for you, so why not just ask? Maybe the change will convince you to stay and prosper.

Question #2: Why Did I Get into This Career?

There are many reasons why people start certain careers – prestige, passion, money, connections, because parents wanted them to, and others. If a person gets into a field for wrong reasons like money and fame, it is very likely that they will soon find themselves disappointed and unhappy. Don’t be discouraged if you are regretting your choice – career disappointment is pretty common, especially among Millennials.

So, take some time and think why pursued your current career. What motivated you? Was that something your parents wanted? Or maybe it was your passion? The answers to these questions may reveal the real reason why you are at a crossroad. For example, if you entered a career for money and prestige, no wonder you don’t want to pursue it anymore. Only a true passion for something can survive for a long time.

Question #3: Do You Like and Respect Your Manager?

Yeah, this one may seem a bit weird, but it’s actually a great indicator that defines your job satisfaction. For example, many employees think it’s normal to dislike their boss because he or she is, well, in command. While it should be acknowledged that in some cases this is true, it cannot be considered as a common rule. A supervisor or a manager is someone who can really help you develop as a professional by providing the skills and experience.

If you cannot say the same about your own manager, well, then changing your career may not be the best choice. You see, people don’t typically leave companies – they leave bossy and disrespectful managers. The good news is that not every manager is like that. So, if you feel that your manager doesn’t have your best interests at heart, then considering new opportunities is a good idea.

Question #4: Is My Current Job Making Me Stressed Out or Sick?

If it is, then feel free to move on. No work is worth getting sick over. Even though work related stress is pretty common, it causes a lot of different illnesses and mental health conditions, so there is no point risking your future over your current job. If you’re constantly finding yourself under stress and cannot find any balance, it’s a clear sign that you should stop.

Question #5: Am I Willing to Go Back to School?

It is likely that the new career you want to pursue will have you studying to acquire the right accreditations. Depending on the industry, you may have to take university courses or online courses, so are willing to do this? Of course, you can always complete a short course and use assignment help to receive a qualification in several months, but the quality of your knowledge may not the best.

Some careers will allow you to learn on the job, so check if you qualify for this opportunity.

Question #6: Am I Just Too Scared to Change?

This might be the biggest problem you’re facing at this moment. So many people make the same mistake as well, and sit in their roles for far too long, thus reducing their chances to explore more opportunities. Feeling fear it totally okay here, but you should also remember that it could lead to hopelessness and lack of confidence.

If you don’t like what you’re doing, or you don’t feel valued, it is already a good reason to move on. Sit with this in mind, and take a look at fear from a perspective of being a motivator for change. For example, why tolerate already poor relationship with your boss and colleagues if you could start new ones from scratch?

The Bottom Line

Changing careers is never an easy decision to make, so consider all questions above before taking any action. Think carefully about how you will answer them to gain perspective and make the best decision for you and your career.

About guest contributor Lucy Benton

Lucy-Benton-headshotLucy Benton is a marketing specialist, business consultant and helps people to turn their dreams into the profitable business. Now she is writing for marketing and business resources. Also, Lucy has her own blog Pro Writing where you can check her last publications. If you’re interested in working with Lucy, you can find her on Twitter and LinkedIn.

About Joseph Liu

Joseph Liu helps aspiring professionals relaunch their careers to do work that matters. As a keynote speaker, career & personal branding consultant, and host of the Career Relaunch podcast, his passion is helping people gain the clarity, confidence, and courage to pursue truly meaningful careers. Having gone through three major career changes himself, he now shares insights from building & relaunching global consumer brands to empower professionals and business owners to build & relaunch their personal brands.

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