Career Advice Topics
Career changes can happen in any given moment.
You may be forced into it with unemployment.
Or, you may decide it’s time for a new professional direction.
If you’ve had enough of your current employer or job situation, leaving your career behind may be your next step. But before you quit so hastily, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.
What’s a good reason to leave your job?
If any of these resonate with you, it may be time to look for a new career path. Here’s a look at a few reasons why changing your career may change your life for the better:
If you’ve been in the same job for a long time, you may not be as excited about getting up for work every day. Maybe you’ve been a medical receptionist for several years, but you long to be working in the back directly helping patients with their health. Nursing, medical assisting, or phlebotomy, for example, offers that type of patient interaction. No matter your field, if you feel unsatisfied, it may be time to consider you’ve outgrown your current career.
Sometimes you hit the income cap for your position. When that happens, you might find yourself working multiple jobs to make ends meet. Instead, look at how you might market your current skill set for a higher paying position within the company or elsewhere. Sometimes it means you might need to get extra certification, credential, or license, to change careers. Doing so usually increases your potential to earn more right away.
When working a draining job, it can deplete you of good health. If this is the case, and you’re finding yourself constantly emotionally or physically drained, it might be time to move on. Finding a lower-stress job or a less demanding job can do wonders for your mental and physical health overall. You only get one healthy body, but you can always find another job.
When you go back to school, you can automatically add to your skill set to make yourself more marketable for a career change. Some educational opportunities may even be fully paid for when you decide to go back to school online.
If you’re a military spouse, you have MyCAA. If you’re a single parent, you may be eligible for federal grants or other scholarships. If you like your employer, ask about employee tuition assistance programs that may help you into a new career path.
If you’re ready for a career change, it can seem overwhelming.
But there’s almost always more opportunity on the other side of that scary change. It may mean new challenges, a higher salary, and even more career satisfaction.
Who wouldn’t want to change careers with opportunities like that awaiting?
If your current career or job is making you miserable, there’s no need to stay longer than necessary. You’ll probably end up leaving at a much later date if you put it off, and then when you finally do, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
Take your first step today to make a plan of what your ideal career would look like. Then, start creating an exit plan to make it happen.
If you’re ready to make a career change in a year or less, learn more here about a variety of online programs that can get you in a new career fast. MyCAA and payment plans are available to MedCerts online students.
If you are a military spouse or your training is provided through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), you may be eligible for financial assistance to cover all or some of your tuition.
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