When you kicked-off your career, you probably felt passionate about your job and optimistic about what the future would bring. Being immersed in the corporate culture might have since buried any sense of enthusiasm and ambition you once held on to. Therefore, it’s important that you pursue a career you love and enjoy.
If you change careers, it’ll help you gain expertise in a new area and will make you suitable for a wider range of job opportunities. It’ll also show potential employers you’re adaptable and not afraid of change. You’ll likely be more engaged in your new career field as it’s something you have a high level of interest in. Your specific set of skills will also be used.
Starting out in a new industry will give you the opportunity to get to know a whole different crowd of people. You’ll get the chance to expand your career network.
Here are five more benefits of making a shift in your career.
No more stagnation
If you feel like you’re stuck and have felt this way for a long time, maybe it’s time for a change. This may happen because you’ve done all you can in your current career area. This doesn’t mean you should change professions every time you feel a bit bored or unchallenged. If you change careers at the right time, it can help you avoid stagnating at work.
Boredom at work, no scope for learning, no rise in salary and no great opportunities for growth are some of the signs to watch out for indicating the onset of a career stagnation.
Doing something different, for a change
You’ll only experience some things once, so why not do it now? In your lifetime, you’ll probably have several jobs. Those who still have job security and have worked in the same company for more than a decade are fortunate. Entrepreneurship is trending now. Why not try it out? If you feel it’s time to do something different and want to give entrepreneurship a go, make sure you have the right qualities and skill set. Enrol in extra courses or get a mentor if you must. There is finance for non-financial managers and many other courses you can take to upskill yourself. Do you have a business idea? What about the the necessary capital, marketability and bankability? You can shift your career and make the best of it by doing something different.
Making use of transferable skills
There’s no point in having transferable or soft skills if you never actually transfer them. Choosing a different career and working out how to use your skills in a new context is an immensely satisfying process. If you make use of soft skills in different roles, it’ll prepare you for using them in different life situations unrelated to work.
You would like to be able to use at least some, if not all, of your current skills whenever you decide to embark on a job or career change. You should be able to use these talents and abilities from job to job or in multiple careers. Transferable skills are usually categorised into five areas: people, management, clerical, research and planning.
Ability to grow
If you’re bored and unfulfilled, then you should assess yourself and your career. When making a career change, you’ll be able to grow personally and in your career. For example, are you associating yourself with the right people? Are you in a space that doesn’t allow you to grow? If yes, then it’s time to say goodbye to boring tasks. Both entrepreneurship and switching to a different career will have you pushing new limits by figuring things out. You’ll expand your knowledge and gain fresh experience. Maybe it’s time to step out of the safety zone and put your entrepreneurial skills to the test. If you want to grow, it’s important to invest in your professional development.
Always working at your best
When you’re fascinated by your career field, you’re more determined to stay on top of things within the industry and your business. You’ll always try to put your work first and try to do the best you possibly can. Not only will you work harder but smarter too. You’ll be more prone to want to please your boss. If you realise you’re spending time on a job that’s not fulfilling, the opportunity for soul-searching and contemplating purpose will be presented.
These are just some of the benefits you’ll get when making a shift in your career. So next time you get the temptation to avoid or resist the change, aim instead to initiate the ones that will lead you to where you want to be. If you take charge of your career and make the decision to change your profession, you’ll build confidence, positivity, excitement and ambition.