Making a career change can feel like a bold move. Even if you’re feeling unhappy or burnt-out in your current role, shifting gears to an entirely new industry can feel like starting from scratch.
The stakes can feel even higher as we progress in our careers. With decades of experience under our belt, switching to a new industry in our 40s, 50s or beyond might seem reckless or downright impossible.
Research from the US reveals that while workers are most likely to make a career change in their early 20s (21%), it is possible to switch up our careers at any age. The same research also revealed that with better pay (47%), less stress (39%) and better work-life balance (37%) were the top three factors driving career changes.
But with the right tools and support, you can make a successful career change at any point in your working life. Plus, more women are making a career change in 2022 than ever before.
The latest stats from Deloitte’s Women @ Work 2022 global report revealed that women are more likely to be on the lookout for a new role (compared to this time last year). In fact, over half of the women surveyed want to leave their employer in the next two years, with 56% rating their sense of job satisfaction as poor or very poor.
Ready to shake things up and pursue your passion? Let’s reveal everything you need to know about navigating a career change at any age.
The first step to making a change is to understand when your current job might not be working for you. While going through challenging or busy periods at work is common, a sustained lack of purpose, passion and motivation is not.
Here are four key warning signs that can indicate you’re ready to change your career path:
Ultimately if you’re experiencing persistent feelings of unhappiness and dissatisfaction that can’t be fixed by moving to a new company, it might be time to consider making a career change.
Before you hand in your resignation letter, it’s important to really consider what you want to gain out of making a career change. To help you make a purposeful and proactive decision, here are three things to consider before making a career pivot:
Now, onto the most important: making your career change happen. Whether you’re in your 30s or 60s, these key steps will help you make a seamless transition from your current job to your dream career path.
One of the best ways to discover new opportunities is to reach out to your existing network. Whether you message past coworkers on LinkedIn or reach out to mentors for advice, lean on your professional connections to help you navigate this transition.
You never know what roles you might learn about or what career wisdom you might gain along the way through these conversations.
In some cases, you might need to sharpen your skills or invest in training courses to help you make your career change happen. Look for affordable online courses that can help you refine your skillset and boost your employability in your new career path.
One of the best ways to catch the eye of hiring managers and recruiters is to ensure your CV and resume reflect the kind of jobs you’re applying for. By reframing your resume to highlight the skills and experience most relevant to your new industry, you’ll put yourself in the best position of being noticed for the right reasons.
When it comes to navigating a career change, tapping into your network, coming up with a plan and sharpening your skills are all practical ways to help you successfully move through this transition. No matter what point you’re at in your career, finding a role that lights you up is what will help you to find passion and purpose at work.