When the wind of change blows, some people build walls, others build windmills
It is now possible that people will have up to six career changes and many jobs throughout their working life, so it is not uncommon. What is common is for people to get it wrong and settle for something much less in career advancement and remuneration.
Career satisfaction is an important consideration that underpins your self-esteem and mental health, plus your loved ones financial security...so there is a lot at stake.
Steve Jobs said: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
The term "career change" is a short and simple two word phrase that does not adequately reflect the complexity and difficulty involved in effectively changing your career.
Career change is about getting a "good outcome" not simply finding a new job...people often confuse the two. It’s about moving into a completely new sector or occupation and certainly involves challenging your personal comfort zone.
Professional assessment and intensive research are required to identify your current transferable skills, or to develop a strategy to gain the necessary skills and additional qualifications (re-training and/or up-skilling).
Identifying companies and sectors that have growth is also critical to a person's long term career prospects.