Essential Career Change Questions To Ask Yourself In 2019

Making a career change is a huge step that can have a significant impact on your life. When you’re making a major life change, it is always best to take personal inventory and think things through to determine the best path for success. Here are ten essential career change questions to ask yourself in 2019.

1. What is your definition of career success?

Understanding what motivates you to get out of your warm bed and apply yourself to work is the beginning point of establishing your career objectives. Determine whether you define success in terms of income level, helping others, a job well-done, or something else.

2. Which emotions are driving your change?

An emotional response to a situation or certain circumstances at your current job can sometimes drive you toward a career change. Consider whether those emotions are leading you toward a positive or negative response to your current career.

3. Will the struggles be worth it?

When you change careers, you often have to start over and struggle to reach the same level you have already achieved. Additionally, you might have to make some sacrifices to learn new skills and reach new levels of education.

4. What do you want your career to do for you?

Your career should be helping you to reach personal life objectives. Understanding whether you are getting what you expect from your career is an important consideration.

5. What skills make you stand out in a crowd?

Some skills are easily transferable from one career to another, especially communication and team skills, but many technical skills as well. Often your current job limits being able to use your special skills, which can be frustrating.

6. What makes you happy?

This is a tough question for many people to answer, but when you are considering a career change it is important. You should make an honest attempt to define whether your current career or those you are considering will meet this need.

7. Who do your career choices serve?

Some people get into their field because someone else wants that career for them. Knowing whether your career is something that serves you or keeps someone else happy is definitely a consideration.

8. What sort of new skills will you need to develop?

The development of technical skills or additional education might be required for you to make a career change. Be prepared to meet these challenges when making a career change.

 9. Is the timing right for making a change?

Making a career change under certain circumstances can lead to disastrous or negative results. A career change might be necessary, but it might be something that you need to put off for a little while.

10. Will a career change really meet your expectations?

Now, this is the kicker. This question will help you determine whether making a career change is really going to live up to what you hope to gain from it. The grass might look greener in that other career, but it might not live up to your expectations.

How you compare your current career to the various goals and expectations you have for your life shapes your level of career satisfaction. After answering these career change questions, you should know whether making a switch is the right thing to do.

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  1. I am stuck in a cycle because of pigeonholing and frequent job moves over the last 10 years. I find myself taking “high risk jobs” to meet my salary requirements, that are not truly committed to the mission I have been assigned, or to me. The result, I find little true joy in my work-life. I need to find a different position that will help me meet my goals over the next 5-10 years. Hard work is not the issue…. the right role is.

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      Hello Clifford, thank you for visiting Your comments ring so true and I’d like to offer to connect by phone or in person to discuss with you in more depth – no strings attached of course.

      I see far better results in job quality coming from a basic change from the conventional search strategy – searching for a ‘good fit company’ rather than a ‘job’. So many of the problems with the “high risk jobs” appear because the candidate is focused on the job and not the company. In my experience it is difficult and even impossible to be successful in wrong fitting company. So a strategy that first identifies the properties of an ideal company and then designs a search for that company, is a far more logical and successful route to take. Of course, that sounds simple and easier said than done.

      Following nearly 20 years of experience in improving careers, I look forward to having the opportunity to explore theses strategies with you. And thank you for leaving you comment!

      Best regards,
      Owen Jones
      Executive Career Coach

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