Happy New Year – a time for change all around?

January 7, 2013

 

With the New Year come and gone, perhaps you have had some time over the holidays to assess your career and whether or not you are satisfied with the direction it is taking.

If things are good – that’s good; however, if you are reevaluating the path your career has taken, now is as good a time as any to make that resolution to question what motivates you and examine what you need to be satisfied in moving forward.

How do you know if you are ready for a new career? You’re the only one that can answer this question. For some, it takes a lot of soul searching, while for others, it’s an easy process of discovery. As a first step, though, think about how you would answer the following questions about your current position and how the answers make you feel:

If you answered negatively to any of these questions, it could be you are feeling some discontent with your position, or overwhelming stress from your working environment.

It probably depends on how strongly you feel about your responses, but if a new career is what you are looking for, here are a few actions you can take to get you started:

Choosing a career path is never an easy task. Since most people change careers approximately six times in their lifetime, it is essential to evaluate your situation periodically to avoid being passed by or becoming “skill obsolete”.

You always want to make informed choices based on a good understanding of yourself as well as what is available to you. Research needs to be done on the occupations available by looking at the various resources, including labour market information, job descriptions, and future outlook for the career. You’ll also need to identify and assess your priorities and the lifestyle you desire to ensure the career you choose fits your personal needs as well as your skills and interests.

Knowing yourself is the first step.