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How To Navigate The Tricky Waters Of A Career Change

How to tell if you’re in the wrong career

Ask yourself these three questions:

  • Is your paycheck the only thing fueling your workday?
  • Are you a chronic complainer?
  • Do you have poor performance reviews? 

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How to tell if you’re in the wrong career

Ask yourself these three questions:

  • Is your paycheck the only thing fueling your workday?
  • Are you a chronic complainer?
  • Do you have poor performance reviews? 

How to change careers

  • Do an assessment. Make a list of your strengths, weaknesses, what you like and hate to do. Look outside and ask what industry lines up with the things you wrote under strengths and likes.
  • Avoid dwelling on the past. Take what you’ve learned and move it to an industry that’s going to suit you better.
  • Jumping ship isn’t always the answer. Walking away from an unfulfilling career isn’t always an option, especially for those who can’t afford the financial consequences of making a switch.
  • Don’t react too quickly. Know the kind of person you are and the kind of job you would enjoy before you can look out at the universe of jobs that are out there and make the move.

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