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7 signs you’re ready for a career change

By | Louise Jackson |

Both my parents had the same jobs from the age of 16 until they retired. These days, that’s pretty much unheard of.

The reality for most of us is that there’s no such thing as a “job for life” anymore. And that’s not a bad thing either.

As we change and grow as people, it’s natural that our interests and skills evolve too.

But how do you know you are ready for a career change?

Check out the following signs…

1) You’ve fundamentally changed

One of the biggest and perhaps simplest reasons for wanting to change careers is that YOU change.

As a consequence, you just feel like you want a career change.

It’s to be expected. We are asked to consider our career paths from such a young age. But of course that shifts as you get older.

Think back to when you were 5 years old. If someone asked you then, what did you say you wanted to be when you grew up?

Maybe a train driver or an astronaut? My nephew wanted to be a tractor. Clearly, he does not want to be a tractor now.

It’s ludicrous to suggest that we should be held to the decisions we made when we were different people.

The career you once chose may have suited your 20-year-old self — their interests, values, and priorities.

But your 30, 40, or 50-year-old self has most likely shifted, sometimes quite dramatically.

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