For most professionals, their career paths are hardly straightforward. There are likely a number of twists and changes that happen as they grow more familiar with what they truly enjoy — and what they don’t. Whether you’re in college changing your major again, or a mid-career professional looking to make a big leap, changing directions is a part of life. Our increasingly digital world makes it easier than ever to find what we truly want out there — which can sometimes make settling hard.
According to a recent study the average person changes jobs 12 times in their careers, and most Millennials expect to change jobs every three years. So if you’re considering a switch, you aren’t alone.
Are you ready to make a career change? It can be scary to consider hopping careers and starting over. Your pay may decrease, and you could end up back at the bottom of the ladder once again. Additionally, it can be hard to ensure that you’ll even like a new career if you’ve never done it.
However, many people overcome these doubts and make the change. There are many benefits to remember as well. Switching jobs is often one of the best ways to get a significant raise, and setting out on your own as an entrepreneur can create a limitless earning potential. Even if you do take a pay cut, the satisfaction you gain from working in a job that is fulfilling and enjoyable can be more than worth it.
So if you find yourself among the 63% of workers who say their job causes them to drink and cry regularly, don’t hold yourself back. While your job should challenge you to learn and grow, it shouldn’t make you so unhappy that you’re resorting to unhealthy behaviors.
If you’re still on the fence, check out this handy flowchart by Turbo that can help you decide if you’re ready for a career change: