There comes a time when many of us feel like we’re at a crossroads in life. If you’ve been at the same company for a long time, you’ve got a job you don’t love, or you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, it may be tempting to consider a change. There are lots of different options to consider, from a change of scenery to a completely new direction. Sometimes, change can be a scary and daunting prospect, but often taking the plunge pays off. If you’re trying to work out what to do next, hopefully, this guide will provide you with some clarity.
Are you doing what you want to be doing?
The first question to ask yourself is are you doing what you want to be doing? If the answer is yes, you’re probably not considering a change of career, but the environment in which you currently work may not be making you happy. If you don’t get on with your colleagues, office politics are getting you down, or you feel undervalued by your boss, think about what’s actually keeping you at your current workplace. If there are more cons than pros, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t start looking at other companies that could enable you to do a job you love in an environment that suits you better. If you’ve asked the question and the answer is no, there may be a strong case for opting to twist and embracing the idea of trying something new.
Could you get the job you want?
Many of us have a dream job in mind, but often, this is all it is, a dream. If you’ve got aspirations that are actually achievable, don’t let them pass you by. If you’ve got the qualifications you need, or there are viable ways of getting the experience required, why not go for it? In some cases, you may need to adjust your plans. If you always wanted to be a doctor, but you don’t have the grades, you could consider a different career in medicine or use your caring and compassionate side to benefit others. If there is a chance of making the switch and finding a job that you know you’ll love, it’s worth taking that risk. Find out exactly what you need to succeed, and start working on your CV. Keep an eye out for internships and work placements, take a look at training courses and workshops such as those offered by Training Connection, and learn more about the kinds of skills and qualifications that are required. Have a look online and get in touch with recruitment agencies to find out more about opportunities that are out there.
Are you prepared to work hard?
Many of us get comfortable at work, and this can make the prospect of putting in more effort less appealing. If you’d rather take the easy way out and coast along, then sticking with the job you’ve got may suit you. However, if you’re prepared to work hard to take a step forward, why not explore different options? You may find a position that offers new challenges and the chance to progress and develop, as well as giving you greater job satisfaction.
If you’re at a crossroads, ask yourself these questions, and hopefully, your answers will help you make a decision.