Career Change

New year, new goals, new you? That's what you thought? But the COVID-19 has changed all your career plans, right? After the pandemic, everyone starts to question their beliefs, life choices, and, of course, career plans. Our daily routines, jobs, relationships, and children's lives have been flipped upside down. Do you feel tired and have a sudden feeling of not wanting to work from home every day? Or feel like you're forced to do this work, but anyway, you're just doing this work for the payment? Whatever the signs are, if you feel like you're doing a job you're no longer interested in, it's time for a career change!

In fact, in this path, you're not alone! According to Fiverr, nearly 6 out of 10 US workers look forward to changing careers or work in 2020.

Well, here we are, faced with the enormous challenge of our lifetime - working out how to live and survive this "new normal." Before you quit your job and head out to your new career these times, consider asking yourself these questions - and prepare yourself for a better decision:

Do you really need a career change, or do you just hate your job?

This question may be irrelevant, but it is relevant! Cause some people quit their jobs just because they want to! They may quit their job over a sudden emotion, without even thinking about what will happen after! When other things aren't going well at work, such as performance issues, poor leadership, stress, health issues, or any other reasonable signs should not be avoided, and a career change may be the right choice. Consider your age, experience, and other essential factors when changing your career.

So, before preparing for a career change, ask yourself if you'd be happy staying in the same industry but with a different company or position. Making a small change is always better than changing your career track forever.

What are the following options in your career?

Have an honest look at your career goals. It doesn't be something other than your job concepts! Just imagine what you want to achieve by the end of your career. Is it something where you want to be famous in a field you've dreamed about? Do you want to look back in your late fifties and say that you had a career that helped people or served your best days, which improved the environment? When you look back on your career in your late fifties, will you be happy that you chose this career?

Think about what's important to you and make this decision that will still make you happy in 10 years!
Are you prepared to step back in your career if required?
Before everything, what's your backup plan for the next few months? How will you support your bills, payments, and other expenses? And if you have decided that you really want to change your career, be prepared for all the future impacts! A new career change may come up with some hard facts - you may lose your seniority in the field and sacrifice your pay and experience. If you haven't thought about this, it's time now!
If you're used to being an administrator or manager in your field, ask yourself if you're willing to be in a lower position in your next career!

What changes do you need to make to step into your new career?
Some careers may make you start from level 0. You must be prepared for extensive training and may have to go to respective colleges again to earn the degree and certificates. Deciding to change your career is correct, and also make sure you have a steady income to cover your payments and education.

For example, nursing is a highly career-promising path right now. If you want to get on this path, you can consider an online nursing program (so you don't have to quit your job before getting placed in another field) or apply for RN-BSN nursing scholarships to finance your education.

How can you be in the place you want to be?
Your new career path is selected; what degrees and certificates will get you there, and have you thought about how you'll get there? If you're working in an IT firm and want to change your career to the fashion industry or something! Do you know how things work there? Do you have enough support and network to get you there? A degree will only matter if you havee a network to get you there, primarily based on your career interest. So, connect with the relevant network, build relationships there, and move forward to your goal!

Many people have lost a lot of money and their jobs during the outbreak. Some people lost their jobs, while others saw appreciable declines in revenue or lost their businesses. Adapting to a new career that will help you serve your daily needs in these times will be a perk. If you decide to change your career after this pandemic season is over, good luck to you! Focus on carefully planning time and effort, and soon, you'll be in a position where you'll be happy to be! As the old tale says, in the end - "Do What You Love."