More than half of workers in a recent Monster.com survey reported that they were considering a switch in careers because of national or global economic troubles. A third (33%) of total respondents reported they would maybe switch careers due to the global economic troubles while only 14% reported their career as unaffected by the economy.
It’s certainly wise to take broad economic trends into account when planning your career, but you want to be careful not to chase trendy jobs blindly. Information about economic trends can help you keep your expectations in check, which is especially important if you’re planning to return to school on borrowed money to pursue a new career.
Still, you’ll want to consider your temperament and natural talents, and how well they mesh with the day-to-day realities of the job you’re considering. The best way to counteract the hype surrounding “hot jobs” is careful research – and you will have to do it on your own, ideally by talking with people who actually do the job that’s sparked your interest.
Find some established professionals through your network and ask them politely if they would share some of their time to answer your questions about their job and their industry.
Once you know about the job, it’s time to take a deeper look at yourself with these three important questions everyone should ask themselves before considering a career change:
- What is it about your current job that makes you want to switch careers? When considering a career change, it is important to evaluate the likes and dislikes you have about your current job. Remember, though, that no job is perfect, so you’re just looking for one where the positives outweigh the negatives.
- What does the new career offer me that my current job doesn’t? Consider what you would like about the new field and how it would fit you better than your current job.
- Am I analyzing all sides of the equation? You also need to look at the negative aspects of the new field and weigh them against the positive aspects. You also need to consider the costs that will be involved with changing fields, such as education and certification.