Changing careers a calculated risk worth taking
Sixty-one percent of people daydream of starting a new career
The once-popular board game, Careers, allowed players to seek new professions simply by rolling the dice. Yet switching careers, even in these tough economic times, need not be such a gamble, says Kari Marcum, career services director at Everest College in Merrionette Park, Ill. “A careful assessment of your career goals and interests, and a well-conceived plan on how to achieve them, can lead to a more rewarding job,” says Marcum.
In fact, a recent Everest College poll revealed that 61 percent of people daydream of starting a new career while at work. And, 58 percent said they would change their career, if nothing stood in their way. “Your career needs to fit with your personality and interests, and deliver rewards in addition to income,” Marcum adds. “Write down your thoughts and map out your desires. That’s the formula for working at a job that energizes you and makes you happy.”
Often, retraining is required to make a career change. Look for schools that provide flexible scheduling to meet your needs.
“There is never a bad time to consider a career change,” Marcum says. “People should be happy and fulfilled at their jobs. It leads to professional success and personal satisfaction.”