Advising others to change career sounds straightforward and workable proposition. When it comes to us, it becomes one of the toughest decisions to implement. A career change needs a lot of mental preparation. If you have a family, that may get disrupted by your career change. The income may stop for some time. The decision itself may turn out to be the wrong one. It needs mental strength to change careers. Let us see what it requires.

A change of career shifts us from a comfort zone to an area full of discomfort in the beginning. For a full-time production engineer, a switch to a career as a human resources consultant may need a total about-turn, back to school and learning new skills for the new job.

Let us talk about how to make changes more smoothly. I am talking about learning about a new career along with the old one and then shifting to the new job slowly. This process also requires mental strength because it needs a lot of extra work.

The first barrier that one encounters while thinking of career change is – how did I get into a wrong career? What if my new decision also turns out to be a mistake? What if I continue with my present job? Why should I change my career? Some of these questions need the head to answer, and some items are for the heart such as asking why did I choose the wrong job, to begin with, may involve damage to self-esteem, and acceptance of failure.

Before thinking of changing career, one needs to do an analysis of life goals and deciding about how the current career does not satisfy those objectives. Only after deciding, you need to make some drastic changes can one think about changing careers. One has to develop the mental and emotional strength to undergo these changes and emerge a winner again.

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