Change that can affect your career should not be made on a whim. It must be preceded by a lot of forethought and planning, and full knowledge that the change may be irreversible or unsuccessful. When making a career change, you have to consider certain factors and prepare for certain eventualities. Here are some mistakes many people are likely to make when considering a career change.
Lack of financial planning
One of the first things to consider when making any career-related change is money. You will need to consider what role money is going to play in the decision-making process, and plan accordingly. If you are moving from one career to a different one, it is likely you may not get the desired remuneration due to a lack of adequate experience. It is a smart move to cushion yourself and your dependents financially for a reasonable amount of time till you find your feet in your new career.
Confusing a change in Job with a Career Change
Deciding a change in career should not be influenced by job dissatisfaction. You should not decide to pursue a whole new career without first asking yourself why you need a change. It’s important to find out if it’s the job you hate or your career. Too often people mix the two up and wind up changing careers when all they really needed to do was change jobs. If you are unsure, you can consider the possibility of working in the same field in a different organisation and see if it sounds appealing.
Yielding to pressure
Deciding to change careers should be a personal decision based on concrete reasons, it should not be due to pressure from friends, family or any external person. Whatever you decide to do in your career, you are going to have to live with it for a long time, ensure the decision is well thought out and is in your best interest. Making a career move because you are under duress is not likely to end well.
Moving without guidance
Moving out of your familiar zone to unchartered territory requires all the guidance you can find. Making a career switch should not be based on unfounded expectations. The best resource you can find is someone who has been practising in your desired field for a considerable amount of time, to give advice, guidance and mentorship.
Doing it for Someone
One of the most common reasons for a career change is to impress or emulate someone else, that is a bad idea. You have to chart a course for your own life based on your own plans, skillset and ambitions. Pursuing a career change for someone will likely crumble at the sign of adversity because the desire is not inherent.
It is human to hear of a lucrative career and idealise that you can make a switch into that field and thrive financially and grow career-wise. A decision to change career, however, should not be based purely on those expectations as you can only assess the potential for growth after working for a period of time in a particular field. Research is imperative. Be careful to know all the flattering and not-so-flattering aspects of the career before you eventually take the step.
There are many resources to rely on in order to make an informed career move. Do well to exhaust all possible sources of information before eventually making a career change.