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5 Terrible Career Change Mistakes to Avoid

For many burned out, bored, frustrated or under-appreciated people, changing their career seems like the only way to stop themselves going crazy. In this career guidance blog post, we list 5 terrible mistakes career changers make that you should avoid.

1. Changing careers because you hate your current job

When you really hate your current job, it can be easy to confuse that with hating your current career. It is possible a bad experience or a bad manager in your current role has undermined your confidence in your ability to succeed in your current career. This could lead you to feel that you need to change fields but you should take a step back and analyse a lot of different factors such as;

  • Is it the people or the work or both that I hate?
  • If it’s the work, is it the actual work itself or is it the pressure, the deadlines or other external factors associated with the work?
  • Are there other strands of work in my current field I would enjoy more?
  • Have I hated this type of career in numerous different companies and roles or is it just this company or this role that I hate?

If the answer is I have always hated this career and I have worked in numerous companies and done numerous roles in this career, then it is probably time to look at making a change. Otherwise, you will need to do some more investigating before thinking about making a change.

People who hate their current job

2. Changing careers solely based on money

In a society as materialistic as ours, it can be easy to think that the measure of your worth and ability is how much money you earn. However, more money may not bring you happiness if your new career isn’t aligned with your personality, strengths and interests. Changing careers solely for money when you are not earning enough to live a decent life is understandable but otherwise you should try and think about what career would interest you before making a change.

Person holding lots of money

3. Changing careers due to outside influences

Changing careers due to external pressure from family members, spouses or friends may make your life easier the short-run but you are going to have to wake up early and go to your new job every single day. How long do you think you will be happy in a career that you feel was forced on you? After a while, you may even harbour some resentment towards the person or people who pressured you to make the change.

4. Going back to school without taking a test-drive

You think you know what you want to do and you have done your research and the best way to land a good job in your new career is to go back to school. However, what if you go back to school and you end up not liking this new career as well. At that stage, you will be in an even worse situation. There are options such as voluntary work or internships that give you the opportunity to try out a new career before investing your savings or taking a loan to go back to school.

5. Changing careers without analysing all the options

You know you have had enough of your current role and you think you know a career that would be right for you. At that point, you think you are ready to make the plunge. However, there may be career options that you had never even thought about. You can ask the people closest to you what they think would be right for you but you should consider getting some professional career guidance to point you in the direction as it can be difficult to research which of the many potential careers are suitable for your unique mix of personality traits, interests, values and abilities.

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