Taking A New Road in Life: Changing Mistakes You Need to Avoid

So many of us feel like we need a change of direction in our career at some point, but in some cases, you might have to be careful what you wish for.

If you set off on a new path too hastily, you might just end up making a career-change move that doesn’t fulfill your ambitions and might even have you longing to get your old job back. This is why you need to ensure that the information you read online about different roles, positions or paths to follow a certain career is from a useful source, like Norwich University, allowing you to ensure you are choosing the correct career path for you.

Before you hand in your notice to quit and start searching for homes in Sarasota, or wherever else you are planning to move to as part of your grand plan, take the time to discover some classic career-change mistakes, so that you can avoid them yourself.

If you don’t do revealing introspection – you should when it comes to your career

You wouldn’t normally jump off a ledge before checking what is waiting for you at the bottom, and the same principle applies to your decision to look for a change of direction in your career.

It is often a very good idea to take the time to look before you leap, so that you can ensure that you are not simply exiting one career that is unfulfilling and entering one that offers much of the same. It may be that you now want to travel for work, or even work from home. There is a growing market for virtual assistants, a home based job. There are websites such as makeawebsitehub.com, which can tell you the key characteristics of particular jobs. Giving you insight into that role, seeing if it’s something you’re interested in.

Take your time to do a proper risk-assessment as it were, and aim to do some revealing introspection through a series of tests and assessments. Putting yourself under the spotlight should help you to get a much better idea of what sort of career change will tick all the right boxes.

The lure of money and benefits

A bigger salary and greater benefits are aspects of a career move that are definitely going to get your attention, but there are plenty of people who will testify that in hindsight, changing direction purely down to money and benefits, will not always end well.

Although you can pick some holes in the saying that money can’t buy you happiness, as it definitely helps to earn a bigger salary, earning more money isn’t going to stop you hating your new career if it isn’t right for you.

You might end up spending a fair bit of that extra money on leisure and health-related activities, in an attempt to make you happy if are stressed and hate your job. Try to resist the temptation and check out whether you will truly love your new career rather than being influenced by the money and benefits alone.

Bridge the skills gap

Be realistic about your career prospects and make sure you update your skills and techniques where necessary, so that you are able to enter a new arena of work with an updated and attractive resume.
If you have working in the same industry for some while, there are several things that might apply to your situation. The first point is that you might need to re-visit your job-search and interview skills and apply some polish to your techniques, as you are likely to be a bit rusty on that score.

If you need to update or add some specific skills for your new chosen career path, get that sorted before you start searching for an opening in your new career. Having the right skills and qualifications combined with your level of experience in a different career, could turn out to be an attractive proposition to a prospective new employer.

If you are taking a new career path, make sure you are ready and prepared for the journey ahead, by avoid some of the classic mistakes that some people make.

Eleanor Donnelly has a vast amount of knowledge when it comes to careers. She has worked in the recruitment agency for decades, and now works as a careers consultant helping everyone find their dream job.

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30 thoughts on “Taking A New Road in Life: Changing Mistakes You Need to Avoid

  1. Great advice. The grass is not always greener. I am in charge of hiring with my company and so many people tend to job hop. I think your employment is what you make it sometimes.

  2. This is some solid carreer advice. At times I have mentored interns from a local college program who are not as well prepared as they could be. doing research and understanding the market and how to advance in your field is just as important as getting the education you need to start to be in it

  3. This is a great post. Getting more money is definitely appealing, but if you don’t enjoy what you are doing it isn’t worth it in the end.

  4. It’s important to be prudent when making major life decisions. This is a great post that outlines some things to consider when making big changes. I think people rush into a new situation for the lure of more money, but that can sometimes backfire.

  5. I made a career move last year. It wasn’t a raise and was pretty much lateral in position, but I have zero regrets. It’s helped me so much moving forward. Thanks for the tips! Great post!

  6. Several years ago my husband changed careers. He got a leg in with the “who you know” method. Someone put in a recommendation for him, and they accepted him. They covered all the training, so he luckily didn’t have to update his skills. He has just soared with this new career. Sometimes you can get a foot in the door with who you know more than what you know.

  7. These are all great ideas for learning mistakes when making a life change. It is truly so important to research everything before committing to any life change. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  8. great tips when it comes to changing career paths… I’ve got a lot changing in my life right now, I’ll have to remember these great ideas!

  9. A career change is always a big decision to make and making sure to not make a huge mistake by taking a new position, especially when it entails moving the whole family to another City is important to make sure this is the right decision!

  10. I’ve changed career path a couple of times from the science field to special needs education (and a couple in between) but apart from the last one, each was as a result of recession, company liquidation etc. I’m now in my mid-fifties (agh!), with lots of qualifications and experience but once again am unemployed due to the Irish Government’s cutbacks during the latest recession. With only 10 years left before pension age, and all my savings gone, I’m beginning to think that I’ll never find work again.

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