Gone are the days when people chose a career path and stuck to it for the rest of their lives. Reaching out to data available and stretching as far back as the past two decades, it is visible that more and more people ended up retiring in high positions of the jobs they accepted once they left school.
If you look around you today, some of your colleagues might have even already been in a different career line than they started out with. This is different from just changing jobs in the same industry. We talked about the telltale signs of that already. Instead, you will be venturing out into related but entirely new horizons.
If you are starting to feel that your job is getting repetitive, mundane and non-challenging, you might need to make some tough decisions about your career. What you might need is not a break from the company, but a career path change.
You’ll be spending most of your time at work anyway, so finding meaningful work should be seriously considered. However, do you need a career path change?
When You Don’t Need a Change in Career Path
It is effortless to get anyone aroused by the prospect of changing their career path into one they didn’t start with. But, is that decision for everyone? We would like to think otherwise.
Even if you feel your job is just monotonous, try to see the things you enjoy about the role and focus on it. If there is a small part of the job that deals with adding impact to people’s lives – which is what you want to do – concentrate more on that part to make yourself happy.
If that job/ career is not giving you the best, you might need to find balance in your life first. Without balance, even if you make ten career changes, you will still be left feeling empty. That is why we will advise you to get everything in order before making any decision at all.
If your company is one that has different departments, volunteer for some extra work at the office. To make this productive, make sure it’s something outside the scope of your work.
Leaders love people that volunteer. Not only does that show them your willingness to learn, but it also gives you something interesting to do. A promotion might even be waiting at the door.
Network, make friends and keep the environment sociable for a serene professional atmosphere to abound around you.
When to Choose a New Career Path
If you have gone through everything above and you are still not satisfied, it might really be time to choose a new career path. You have given it your all, but it is just not working for you. That is enough reason to look elsewhere for your work-happy balance.
If you fear hiring managers not wanting to engage you outside of your industry, stop! The experienced recruiters of today are those who don’t need you to have just industry experience. The industry gibberish and jargon can be learned, but not problem-solving skills.
If you happen to have picked up some skills at your previous career, consider yourself as being one hot target for recruiters already.
Now that we have established what you need, and you are ready to make a leap, look out for when we discuss tips on how best to go about making that career path change.