Changing Careers, Why So Many Are Doing It Now

Are you thinking about making a change in your career? You are not alone. 

An average person is estimated to change careers between 5 and 7 times over the course of their working life. Currently, the flexible nature of work means that a career change is more flexible for you than it was in the past years. This also makes it possible for people to learn new skills and professions with the help of new learning opportunities like online courses. 

While working might formerly have been viewed as just one of the ways to pay the bills, it’s now widely accepted that changing to a fulfilling career is one of the keys to a happy life. Having that in mind, this could be the best time for you to take a step back and look at some of the reasons people decide to make a career change. 

Reasons Why Many Decide to Change Careers 

# 1. The Mainstreaming of Remote Work 

One of the global effects of the Covid-19 epidemic was that it created a new world where more people work remotely. Today, only some people would consider relocating for a job and most businesses would rather be flexible than request that their employers relocate as a condition for employment. 

What this clearly succeeded in doing was to open a much wider canvas for recruitment and workers have a much wider range of companies to which they can apply for jobs. 

# 2. To Make a Difference 

Many people concentrate on finding a career that offers them a chance to make a difference. 

Even people who are happy with their jobs, company and work associates may, after several years of work experience, feel that the need to branch out and find ways to make more of an impact. 

However, if you are the kind of person that needs to push yourself and try new things in order to make a difference, a career change might be just the ticket you need. The road to making a difference can be just what we need to feel satisfied and fulfilled with our work life. 

# 3. College Degrees May No Longer Be Needed 

The new dynamic nature of businesses around the world has handed job openings to people without college degrees. Today, major businesses are hiring people with technology skills, work partners who deliver credentialing and upskilling and reskilling to both employees and non-employees. A college degree is no longer a minimum requirement for some jobs and many employers have shifted towards a skill-based approach to hiring. 

This definitely does not mean that your college degree isn't important, however, just that it may no longer be considered as the only criteria or the most important criteria in changing your career. For instance, a career in the competitive field of journalism may have sounded unobtainable before, but now you have all the available resources online to start a successful blog from the comfort of your own home.

Thanks to technology, it's now easy for you to explore the career that is best suited for you even without a college degree. 

# 4. Your values have changed 

A job is like a relationship, occasionally you just grow in different directions. While you might formerly have been passionate about your company’s goals and objectives, this may no longer be the case. The idea that people can change drastically over a particular period of time is not extraordinary and this is the reason why what you were happy doing at age 22 might no longer make you happy at age 40. 

You may have had a spiritual awakening and suddenly cannot wait to get out of the office and into a more relaxed working environment. Or, while fiscal security might not have been a priority for you before, you now seek more stability than your current job as a freelancer affords. These changing values, concerns and priorities might mean that you are due for a career change. 

# 5. You are not happy 

More often, people are advised to consider their choice of career when they feel unhappy. This is because career satisfaction is a major factor to consider in life satisfaction. 

Your work life is inevitably interwoven with your personal life, and if you are feeling displeased, maybe a career change will give you something different to channel your energy on. There are certain things you could experience at your workplace that could be leaving you unhappy. It could be the pressure, the long hours, your associates or the tedious work. However, if you are not happy in your work environment and it is affecting you on a personal level, you may be due for a career change. 

Conclusion 

Do any of these reasons apply to you? Perhaps you're considering moving from one career into an entirely different one. Whether this is a result of your work- life balance, flexible scheduling or a positive culture, the possibilities of achieving this are endless.

At VanderYacht Consulting, we can help you kickstart your new career choice. Schedule a free consultation by booking a call here: calendly.com/careercoachjillv

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