In my youth, I observed that, in England at least, most people wanted to get out of their jobs. Their "career", whatever it was, only experienced to get a regular income. The millions of people who did the football pools, and later the lottery, were a testimony to the "let me out of here" dreams of the majority. "Win the pools, and retire."
Times may have changed in general, but the fact that most people are not content with their jobs has remained unchanged. Career, employer or job change, or early retirement, are in the minds of tens of millions of people across the world. Only a small minority will ever actually go full out for a career change; it is far too easy just to plod along doing the same old things in the same old place.
However, some people are more serious. These are the people with "get up and go" who actually do get up and go. These are the people who really do change their working lives, sometimes drastically.
Why Do Some People Want to Change Careers?
There are many possible reasons for wanting a career change. The following are just a few of the more common ones.
1. To some people, being in the same job, or even the same type of job, for too long is just unthinkable. I certainly fall into this category, and personally think total care changes can be a vital contributor to a satisfying life. I always want to learn something new, and do something new, once I have mastered what I was doing before. New challenges are an essential part of every day life.
2. Midlife career changes may be the result of a sort of career midlife crisis. This can particularly be so for someone who has always done the same job, and suddenly realize that their years are slipping away and they have really done very little with their working years.
3. Dissatisfaction with a current employer, either in terms of recognition, prospects or pay.
4. Boredom is a common cause of wanting a career change.
5. Lack of fulfillment in the current career or employment.
The above are some of the broad reasons people may seek a career change, but each individual is likely to have a different mix of reasons to consider changing their career.
Tips For Preparing for a Career Change
There are many sources of career change advice, both online and offline. Sometimes this can be given on an individual basis, or just in the form of written material which you can consume at your leisure. As a career is a personal matter, and all individuals are different, then pesonal consultation is better by far. However, advisors are individuals too, and the advice may vary from skilled counselor to career counselor.
The quality and quantity of career change advice available to you offline will vary greatly between countries and locales, and you may find that some of the online advice is, at least …