A New Career for the New Year

New Career

It’s still early enough in this new year to remember that motivational feeling you got when you saw the clock strike midnight and the calendar advance. The difference in time literally can be measured in nanoseconds. The difference in attitude, however, can be much more profound.

Many people use the new year as an opportunity for new beginnings. The fresh start can be as simple as a resolution to change a bad habit, or the change can be as life-altering as deciding to move, start a family, or change careers.

Career changing is the new normal

If you’re thinking about changing careers, you’re in good company. Most of us have seen the statistics: The average modern worker will change careers five to seven times during their life.

That’s different from changing jobs, though millennials have a tendency to do that more often than their elders, too. Experts warn that the short stays could be to their detriment down the road, but many of today’s younger adults say they’d rather switch than stay in a job where they’re stagnant or advancing at a snail’s pace.

Deep dissatisfaction with an existing job also can spur a decision. Some people will choose to leave high-paying jobs because they aren’t personally satisfied, while others will leave psychologically rewarding careers because they’re unhappy with the pay.

What’s standing in your way

A career change can be daunting. The decision to switch often boils down to a case of “the devil you know” versus the one you don’t. If you made a similar choice in the past that you regret, that can erode confidence in future decision-making, too.

Loss of income is another factor that makes people look long and hard before they leap. No matter how much you want to try something new, if your family is relying on you as a provider it’s hard to risk your financial security.

There’s no time like the present

There are several other signs that it’s time to change careers, including running up against a salary cap, seeing your industry about to become obsolete, or simple exhaustion. The key question to ask is one job interviewers often pose: Where do you see yourself in five years? If that vision involves a half-decade of misery, it’s time to make your move.

Once you’ve decided to make a change, begin considering options. If you’re going to need additional education or training, an online university might be the perfect solution so that you can work during your transition.

The beginning of the new year often is a time for reflection and change. If you’re dissatisfied with your current career, perhaps it’s time to make plans for that change in 2016.

Written by Ashford University

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