Want a complete change in your career? There are various reasons why you would reach this decision. Life circumstances might lead you to have to seek alternative career paths as the present job no longer fits your life. You might also no longer feel any form of satisfaction in the current career and thus a drastic change is considered. Whatever the reason, taking the step is not an easy decision to make, and several deliberations need to be made beforehand.

The first thing to think about before changing career direction is that it is much better to plan while you are still employed. We might keep thinking that we need to wait for the right time, but when is that exactly? When still employed, at least you have the financial stability so you can plan things more calmly and cautiously.

Secondly, you need to reflect on your situation well. Explore the route you are going to take and think about the pros and cons. Evaluate the present situation well too. Is it as bad as you are thinking, or are you simply going through a rough patch? You need to try your best to look at your current situation with logic and not emotion. The aim is to move into a better opportunity and not to run away from the present bad situation. Unfortunately, sometimes people leave good jobs and regret it afterwards, simply because they do not consider things well.

In the following blog we will look at how to prepare for a career change with simple tips to help you think things through logically and evaluate the pros and cons.

Ann Julene Hili is a Career Guidance Practitioner with Willingness. She specializes in working with teens and young adults who are in their educational and career transitions. She can be contacted on annjulene@willingness.com.mt.