Tips For Women Mulling A Ca­reer Change

Riverbank News - - WOMEN IN BUSINESS 2017 -

Women con­sid­er­ing a ca­reer change may ex­pe­ri­ence mixed emotions. The ex­cite­ment elicited by such a de­ci­sion may be tem­pered by fear. Such fear is nat­u­ral when em­bark­ing on a new path and leav­ing be­hind some se­cu­rity and pro­fes­sional equity, but that fear should not be the de­cid­ing fac­tor when women mull whether or not to change ca­reers.

The de­ci­sion to change ca­reers is some­thing that re­quires care­ful thought and am­ple con­sid­er­a­tion of a host of fac­tors. Women fac­ing such a de­ci­sion can con­sider the fol­low­ing tips to en­sure they make the best choice for them­selves.

Con­sider your mo­ti­va­tion be­fore pur­su­ing a change. The mo­ti­va­tion be­hind a ca­reer change can go a long way to­ward de­ter­min­ing if that change is ul­ti­mately suc­cess­ful. Money can be a great mo­ti­va­tor, but if money is the only thing driv­ing a change, then women might be bet­ter off pur­su­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties within their ex­ist­ing field rather than chang­ing ca­reers en­tirely, as stay­ing within the field will al­low women to cap­i­tal­ize on the pro­fes­sional equity they have built over their ca­reers while also pro­vid­ing a new challenge. A gen­uine in­ter­est in an­other pro­fes­sion or a de­sire to find a bet­ter work-life bal­ance might make for bet­ter mo­ti­va­tors to change ca­reers than sim­ply switch­ing to make more money.

Do your home­work. Ca­reer changes re­quire hard work and, if ex­tra school­ing is nec­es­sary, a po­ten­tially siz­able fi­nan­cial in­vest­ment. Women should thor­oughly re­search any fields they might pur­sue be­fore mak­ing a change so they can fully un­der­stand the com­mit­ment they will need to make. Once they get an idea of what they will need to do to make a suc­cess­ful ca­reer change, women should speak with their fam­ily to dis­cuss the ef­fects that their pur­suit may have on fam­ily mem­bers. Such a dis­cus­sion can make the tran­si­tion to a new ca­reer eas­ier, and the sup­port a wo­man’s fam­ily pro­vides along the way can serve as some­thing to lean on if or when things start to feel over­whelm­ing.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Many peo­ple are dis­sat­is­fied with their ca­reers, and those who aren’t might have been at one time.

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