Is Changing Careers A Good Idea In This Tough Economy?

Is changing careers a good idea in this economy? There is always good rationale for staying exactly where you are. In good times, the promo potential increases - so you need to stay. In the bad economy, there are fewer jobs and you need to stay. The bottom-line is you. If you think you need to change, then you need to do the work to figure out your new career. Changing careers is not the same thing as changing jobs, just to be clear. Some of the worst job searches I've seen are people who want to change careers. However, since they haven't done the work to figure it out, they think they will change careers by virtue of "finding something." If you have a job, I suggest you stay in it and figure out what your next career is going to be first. When you have it identified, you will know what moves or actions you need to take. It may include staying right where you are until you have positioned yourself to make a move. Some career changes entail some education, different experience or a whole host of things. Once you understand those elements, then you can plan financially if that is appropriate, get your education or even gain new experiences right where you are. Once you have your career identified and actions plotted out you will launch a much more effective job search. You will most likely need to also set your expectations your search will take you longer than it may have in the past - that is definitely a by-product of our economy right now. Changing careers can be the best thing you ever did for yourself. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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