Why would you want to switch careers at this point in your life?
- I haven’t been at my job for long, but I’m pretty stressed and ready to walk.
- I feel like I don’t fit within the company culture and my coworkers aren’t pleasant.
- It’s my 4th job in the same field, and I still haven’t found a fulfilling role
How long have you been working in the same field?
- A few months
- Two to Three Years
- More than 5 Years
What have you done to prepare for a switch?
- Haven’t done anything yet but will soon.
- I’ve been thinking about it for some time by researching other occupations/professions.
- After researching a new industry, I have a plan to call and meet for informational interviews.
Do you know what you want to do next?
- I’ve been too busy and stressed out to think about it.
- Yes, think about it, but I don’t know what else I can do.
- Yes, I know what I would like to do, but haven’t found an opportunity.
What are you willing to do to make a career shift?
- Spend less than 3 hours a week looking for a new position.
- Discuss my career choices with a career coach.
- I’m motivated to invest time and money for additional training and education.
Mostly A’s: You are not ready to change
Everyone has bad days, especially when the stress is high, but you may need a little more patience and time to settle into the role. Sometimes things aren’t what they seem and may not be so bad. It can get frustrating when the learning curve is high, but once you get the hang of your position, you might find you like your role and team.
Mostly B’s: Ready, but possibly not to a different career
You may be struggling with your job for a while, but consider if it’s what doing and where you’re doing it. You may not enjoy aspects of your job, but don’t throw in the towel just yet. Make a list of what you don’t like. If your list leans more towards the company, culture, and workers, it may be time to make a move to a new position instead of a new career.
Mostly C’s: Ready to change careers
Switching careers is scary and risky, but you are ready to make sacrifices for a more fulfilling career. When you make the jump, it’s something you’re excited and passionate about and can’t wait for the morning to go to work. You envision yourself in your new career for years to come. You have taken steps in your search, which will give you a better chance of finding your joy.