(function() { var cookie = 'rebelmouse_abtests='; cookie += '; Max-Age=0'; document.cookie = cookie + '; Path=/; SameSite=None; Secure'; })();

If you're considering a major career change, you may find the process a little overwhelming at first. To help organize your thoughts and feelings on the topic, ask yourself the following 15 questions.


Questions To Ask Before Making A Career Change

Woman thinks about making a career change

Remember to answer thoughtfully and honestly. This is for your eyes only. Also, be sure to write your answers down. Putting abstract thoughts and feelings into words can help you identify what's really going on and it adds a tangible element to the reflection process.

1. What is it about my current career that isn't working?

2. What does this new career offer that my current career doesn't?

3. What does this new career ignite in my soul?

4. How does this new career align with my core values?

5. What are the long-term opportunities associated with this new career?

6. What skills or resources will I need to take advantage of these long-term opportunities?

7. Who do I know who is already in this career and can give me an honest "insider's" perspective?

8. Will my friends and family support this new career endeavor?

9. How long will it take to make a comfortable living in this new career?

10. Do I have the financial resources to make this new career work? If not, how can I get what I need to feel secure?

11. What struggles can I predict in my transition to this new career?

12. What can I do now to minimize these potential struggles?

13. What specific experience do I hope to gain in this career move?

14. How will my previous experience help me in this new role?

15. Is this career move one step in a larger plan? If so, what does this new career need to provide in order to help me move forward?

Download Work It Daily\u2019s free job search checklist

Now that you have all your answers to these questions, you can better position yourself for a successful career change! It's all about being honest with yourself and getting clear on your goals. Once you do that, the whole process becomes so much easier.

Good luck! We'll be here if you need any help!


Looking to change careers? Download our FREE career change guide today!


Need more help with your career change? Join our career growth club today and get access to one-on-one career coaching, resume and cover letter reviews, online tutorials, and unlimited networking opportunities—all in your back pocket!

If you want FREE career advice in your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter The Daily Dose!


This post was originally published at an earlier date.


Learn how to land a career you love

Making a career change before the COVID-19 pandemic was hard enough. So, how can professionals successfully change careers in the post-pandemic world, now faced with new obstacles, challenges, and never-before-seen workplace and cultural changes?

SHOW MORE Show less

Many companies are now allowing their employees to work from home after the COVID-19 pandemic forced a large portion of the workforce to work remotely and adjust to doing their jobs outside of the office. Some employers fully embraced remote work and told their employees they never have to go back to the office, while others adopted a hybrid work model where employees can work remotely or in the office. But, is every company that shifts to a hybrid work environment really executing the change correctly?

SHOW MORE Show less

Latest