The wrong job is not just a dead end for your career, but a guarantee of further problems and personal dissatisfaction. Although the job is far from everything in life, every day of work is characterized by a lack of motivation, frustration and the idea that you would rather do something different, which also has effects in all other areas. A career change can bring about the much-needed change, but this step is rarely done. Many choose the well-known evil, rather than the chance for improvement - for fear of what awaits them. Fischer & Partners Recruitment & Executive Search will show when the time has come for a career change, what you have to pay attention to and how this succeeds ...
Career change: Trapped in the wrong job
There are many reasons why you may end up in the wrong profession. One of the most common: you simply did not know better. This can happen right at the beginning of your career. Although you have an idea of what job you want to do after graduation and even after graduation, few graduates know what the future job looks like.
More practical information can be collected through an internship, but unfortunately, it is only scratched on the surface in time. So a job is taken, only to find that their own expectations are not met in the least, the main tasks are completely different and can be without fun or even without passion in the job.
But even later in professional life, you can get stuck in a wrong job. Requirements and tasks change over time and you have to admit that the job no longer suits you and a career change is a logical consequence. Unfortunately, this self-knowledge, unfortunately, remains too often.
Nobody wants to admit that something is wrong. That would mean admitting one's own mistake - choosing the wrong job - and then doing something to change it.
When is the time for a career change?
Of course, you can come to terms with the wrong job, accept the daily frustration, and come to terms with the assurance that for 10, 20 or even 30 years you will be pursuing a job that you already know is not for you. Humans are masters of self-deception, so you'll try to talk nicely about everything to get through the day, the months, and the years.
But honestly, that's not what you've imagined and will not make you happy. So it's better to find the right time to take the jump and start a career change. But when exactly is it time for a career change?
You can only really answer for yourself, the perfect moment that many waits so long (in vain) does not exist. It also does not need that, which you usually know very well when it's time to turn your back on a wrong job and change your job. In addition, there are some unmistakable signs that you should urgently consider a career change:
You wish every day, not to have to go to work.
Not only are you dissatisfied with the job, but also with your private life.
Money is the only motivation.
When talking about the profession, only negative things come to mind.
You envy friends for their jobs.
Your health suffers from the job situation.
In the job, you are either totally bored or overwhelmed and permanently in stress.
You are looking for excuses not to go to work.
You can not pursue your passion because of your job.
In your thoughts, you are always going through a career change.
If you have not come to the conclusion that a career change is necessary, these signs can push you again. Recognize yourself and your situation because it usually remains only a change to solve the pent-up problems.
Career change: Wrong job or just the wrong employer?
One important distinction must not be forgotten when it comes to changing careers: Before you push the restart, you should be sure that you are in the wrong job or the wrong employer. That sounds similar at first, but it is not at all. A career change from a wrong job means a completely new direction for you. This can be a lateral entry into another job, but it is also conceivable a retraining or new training to reorientate yourself.
If a wrong employer is a trigger for a career change, the path is different. Here already a change of the company can bring the desired success. For others, it may be useful and necessary to switch to another industry - but the job itself remains the same, it is only practiced in another place.
The fact that your employer is forcing you to change your profession is recognized by the fact that it is not the work itself but, above all, the working atmosphere that is responsible for your dissatisfaction. Problems with the boss, trouble with colleagues, incomprehension of management decisions. These factors can lead to a career change, but the tasks and the activity are not affected.
Tips for a successful career change
A career change is frightening and requires a good deal of courage. Also, many workers prefer to stay in a job, even if it makes them unhappy. The risk of getting out of the rain is frightening. In addition, older employees, in particular, believe that when you change your career at the age of 40 or 50, you have little chance of success.
For older workers, a career change can be challenging, but by no means impossible. Often the courage is rewarded, and you do not have to worry about years and decades of what would have been if you had simply dared to change careers.
To make your career change a success, we've collected some tips to help you along the way:
Reflect on what you really want.
To concede to yourself (and others) that a career change is the best option, which is already the first big step. Preventing a similar mistake from happening again and moving you from one wrong job to the next wrong job requires a lot of self-reflection.
What do you want to achieve by changing your occupation? What needs to change? Which factors play the biggest role? Only when you are really sure in which direction the career change should lead you, you can tackle this successfully.
Develop the right attitude.
If the job is unfortunate, the motto is often just a quick way out ... This is understandable, but for a successful career change, the wrong attitude. Anyone who only looks back and flees does not focus on what lies ahead and comes next.
This has two negative consequences: Firstly, it becomes harder to clarify one's motivation in applications. The reason: "I just wanted something else" does not appeal to the HR. In addition, there is an increased risk of simply accepting a job just to get rid of the old one - and end up standing right back where you were at the beginning.
Collect as much information as possible.
If you're in the wrong job, you usually paint other professions in the most colorful colors. However, such pink glasses are a hindrance to a career change. Stay as rational as possible and rely on facts and information. How big are your chances in the new job? What about the future prospects in this area? And what about the competition in the job market?
The more you know about your desired job, the better you can prepare for and make the career change. Also, consider whether the job you are looking for actually fits your personal strengths and interests. Only the combination of the different points indicates that it is the right job for you.
Get support and encouragement.
Even a good career change is an incision and a big change. It is therefore advisable to speak in advance with the people who are close to you and to secure their support. This is first and foremost your family, which is very directly affected by the change of occupation and also experiences the ups and downs.
Explain your reasons and show that career change is serious and important to you. Such open discussions are difficult, but you will get a lot of understanding that can increase the motivation for the change of profession again.
A change of profession should not be rushed, instead, you should make an exact plan of your plan sometime in advance. This is necessary because you may need to continue training or acquire new skills to meet the demands of the new position.
To know what is expected of you as an applicant, you can look at job postings from potential employers. Here you will find not only quite accurate job descriptions but also requirement profiles. When planning, always remember the notice period that you have to meet before changing your occupation.