Everyone strives to be in a field or role that they enjoy. We spend so much of our time working – why should we settle for a situation where we complete unfulfilling tasks in a disheartening setting? If you find yourself asking yourself that question day-in, day-out, then you could be in need of career change.
But what should you do, what are the options open to you, and how do they measure up to one another in terms of ease of change?
Within your field
If you like the general nature and tasks that comprise your current employment, but feel like something isn’t sitting right – be it your role, the organisation or particular individuals within it – then you may be able to enjoy an increased sense of satisfaction by changing careers only slightly.
This could mean moving up or down your particular career ladder – perhaps out of or into a senior role – or to a different company that has a better reputation, improved working conditions or a closer proximity to your home and family. You could also research similar roles to your current occupation, as you’d be able to change roles quickly (without too much retraining) and enjoy a new selection of everyday responsibilities.
Same role, different industry
Happy in your role as a manager, director, supervisor or otherwise? Your career problems might stem from the nature of the industry you’re in, not the actual work you’re conducting. If this is the case, you could potentially change industries, yet use your existing skill set to enter the ranks at a higher position than you otherwise would have been able to.
For some industries however, this might not be required. If you have worked in customer-facing businesses – marketing, advertising, sales, retail and so on – then these will all be rather transferable from a skills perspective. To ascertain which industry you can move into, think about sectors that you deal with on a daily basis, or industries that you know are similar to your own.
Different role, same industry
Given the amount of experience that we tend to pick up through years of service in a particular industry, the task of moving into a wholly different role within said industry isn’t as difficult as you might think.
If you’ve worked years in a job that’s seen you exposed to other parts of the industry you’re in, you’ll know at least a small amount about the other roles within it, and it’s this knowledge that’ll put you above other applicants when it comes down to the interview. You may require a bit of extra training if the role requires a specific piece of technical expertise, but if you’re willing to step down rank-wise, you may not need to train at all.
A complete change
Lastly, you could take a leap into the unknown and embark on something completely new. While you may need to retrain at the further or higher levels, if there’s something that you have always wanted to do as a job that has caught your eye for years, or that you strongly suspect you’d be good at, then try your hand at it.
By contacting businesses in said field or industry, you may also be able to gain some useful experience, and at the most exciting end of the spectrum, gain a job or receive paid-for training.
At the end of the day, the career change you’re after depends very much on your own preferences and desires. Think long and hard, do your research, and soon you could be enjoying a role or workplace that doesn’t make you feel like you’re working.