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3 Signs You May Need a Career Change

Making a career change is more than just changing jobs. For instance, if you don’t like your boss or the co-workers in your accounting firm, you can get another accounting job with people you like better. But if you’re tired of the numbers game, you may need to find a whole new career in a different industry.

Check out the following signs that you might need a career change. You may want to think about parlaying one of your interests into a new career sooner rather than later.

1. Dead End Career.
You’ve come about as far as you can. You can’t move up the ranks anymore. You’re locked into the same thing for the next decade or so, and quite frankly, you’re getting a little tired of the rat race anyway. It’s time to move on.

2. No Passion.
If your heart just isn’t in your work, those 40 or 50 hours of work each week start to feel like pure torture as you watch the clock on the wall tick towards 5pm. Or perhaps stress and not boredom has run the passion out of you. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reports that 40% of workers find their jobs to be very stressful. If you fall into that group, you may want to look into a career with a little less pressure and a lot more fun.

3. Need More Money.
Sure, your job treats you well. But the kids will be going to college, and that roof won’t stop leaking by itself. Maybe you love being a dance choreographer, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that median annual earnings are only $34,660. Compare that to a career as a computer scientist, who earns $93,950 a year, and you get the picture. While a career change may result in an initial pay cut, if you’ve chosen well, you’ll be in a position to earn more money over the long haul and meet the financial demands in your life.

If you fall into one or more of these categories, it’s probably time to consider moving on. If you’re looking for a place to start, begin with yourself. Think about what you like to do. Then start networking and talking to friends. You may be surprised by the new career opportunities that are out there.


Publish date: June 30, 2008