Yes, you can change careers. Here’s how.
When I announced I was leaving the law to study journalism, most people looked at me like I’d just decided to divorce my husband to audition for Married at First Sight.
“But… you have a secure job with a shiny glass office,” they’d say. “We’re recovering from a recession, and newspapers are dead, and won’t you just end up writing dodgy PR emails as an unpaid intern forever?”
Adding to those less-than-charming prospects were the thought of having to start at entry-level all over again and sadness at coming to grips with having ‘wasted’ six years of study.
But I did it anyway, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
I don’t work in a slick city skyscraper anymore — but I get to write about things I care about, I regularly interview fascinating individuals, I’ve found ‘my people’ at work, and I get a little flippy excited feeling whenever I think about my job.
Honestly, I only have one regret: Not abandoning that shiny glass office sooner.
So if you’re considering a career change yourself, I say: Go for it. Just plan for it first by following these basic steps.
1. Work out whether you dislike your career – or just your job.
It’s a whole lot easier to seek a new role within your current industry than change careers altogether – so do not, I repeat, do not change careers before ruling out if that bored, restless, frazzled feeling is all down to your current role.
Have you searched for similar positions at a different company? Have you asked for a promotion, if you think you deserve one, or a role with different or more challenging duties? Try that first.