Man in Gray Dress Shirt Using Silver Ipad   If you want to have the life you’ve always dreamed of, you should take positive risks. It’s an old saying but completely true: you’ll never know unless you try it. Taking a leap of faith in any area of your life may be risky, especially for something as important as your career. But some risks are worth taking and most times you can achieve more than you ever thought possible.   It’s necessary to take chances to achieve anything great in life. However, many are scared to take action. As with any risk, there’s always something at stake. In most cases, when it comes to your career, you stand a chance to lose valuable time and even your reputation. Taking risks will enrich your life and make your career much more rewarding.   Many might ask, “what’s next?” or “where do I go from here?”. Clarity comes from engagement and taking action, so you don’t need to have everything figured out to move forward. Believe in yourself and take action. You should plan a strategy for taking positive risks. Unlike negative risks, which are impulsive and emotionally driven, positive risks are calculated. You should think them through and expect what could happen before taking a risk.   There are a few career risks that will have a positive impact on your life.   Going back to school   There’s no way to master any craft without always seeking out ways to improve yourself. Learning and applying new skills is ideal for self-improvement. When you stop trying to better yourself, you essentially stop striving for your goals. Heading back to school is a big investment of both time and money. However, having a purposeful plan can reduce the risk. Before going back to school, it’s important for you to know your end goal and what you’re trying to achieve. Perhaps you want a promotion at your current job or would like to change career paths.   It’s always wise to get a second opinion. Determine whether heading back to the books will help you achieve a specific goal by talking to your mentor, boss or colleagues. In some fields taking an extra course will help to boost your chances of getting a higher position while in a different field, experience might be what you need. Most times, top-level positions are practically unreachable without higher levels of training. If that’s the case in your industry, then taking the risk to improve your knowledge might be the only way to improve your chances of promotion.   Trying out a new career   Drastically changing your career can be an uncertain and daunting route. For instance, moving from advertising industry to the financial sector is an enormous leap. You’ve got no experience in that field, perhaps no related skills and no network connections. It can sometimes be challenging but it’s possible and doable. The work experience you already have can make the gap less risky. You should focus on transferable skills that you can apply to the job, even if it’s a new field.   If you can’t bring subject knowledge to the position, potential employers will love that you have useful skills combined with the unique outsider's perspective. Coming from an advertising background wanting to do finance, you can, for instance, do a finance training course to help you improve your skills and expertise. There are also different short courses you can do to improve yourself. A benefit of taking this risk is that you get to be in a new field. Perhaps it’s a field that can bring you less stress, a higher salary or more satisfaction.   Choosing a lower paying job   Opting for a position with a lower pay cheque might seem like an insane risk to take. But  sometimes the advantage of a career change is measured in more than just money. You’ve maybe been a personal assistant for the better part of your career thus far. And taking the risk and accepting a lower paying job might come with a shiny new title. A cut on your salary isn’t always a bad thing. Of course, this all depends on your current lifestyle, but often times more money won’t necessarily equate to a better situation.   There might also be room for promotion at the lower paying job, something that wasn’t available at your previous job. Lower paying jobs can come with a whole range of non-financial benefits. You might get the opportunity to further your studies through the company or have a better work-life balance.   As mentioned earlier, with many risks there’s always something at stake. However, if you don’t take the chance to try something out, you’ll never know. By not taking a risk, you’ll run a bigger chance of being left behind. Taking risks can be personally and professionally beneficial.