It feels like everything has changed this year, and as a result, many people are thinking carefully about exactly what they want from different areas of their life. One area that you may be rethinking is your career. So, if you are thinking about a career change at the moment, we have put together some information about things you should consider before taking the plunge.
Are you just unhappy with the current situation?
If you think back to a few months ago, before the pandemic happened, were you happier in your job role? If the answer is yes, then chances are you’re not actually unhappy with your career, rather the situation you’re in at the moment. For example, you might not enjoy working from home, or you may not like the additional workload caused by other absences. Think carefully about whether the job would be more enjoyable if it was ‘back to normal’, as you may regret changing roles in the future if this is the case.
Are you in the right position to think about big changes right now?
No matter what kind of situation you’re in personally thanks to the pandemic, it’s likely that it has brought about lots of emotional changes. With this being true, it might not currently be the best time to think about making huge changes to your life and career. You may feel that you’re unhappy, and that a career change would be the best possible option, when in actual fact you’re just feeling unsettled in general thanks to the current situation. If you do want to change your career that’s fine, but make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.
Can you afford a career change?
Depending on what kind of career change you’re thinking about, you will need to consider whether or not you can afford it. For example, starting a new career may include a period of training or a salary cut, and you will need to be completely sure that you can cope with this. If your finances are already stretched as a result of the pandemic, it might not be the perfect time to change your career right now.
Are you prepared for added complications?
A change of career can be difficult enough at the best of times, but when there is a pandemic thrown into the mix, it can get even more complicated. For example, it can be hard to settle into your new role and bond with a team if you’re only able to work remotely, and if you’re being trained, you may struggle if you can’t speak to your mentor face to face. That’s not to say that it’s impossible, of course, just that there are other things to think about.
Is the outlook positive for the industry?
You will also need to think about the industry you’re leaving, and the one you’re going to. Has the pandemic changed the likely outlook for the industry? Some industries are booming, whereas others are struggling, and this could impact your decision for a career change. You will need to do plenty of research to make sure the opportunities you hoped for are still there, and for the taking.