By Mark Tudi |
What to Ask Yourself Before Deciding on a New Career
Unhappy with your current situation? Join the club. Many people reach a point where they feel burned up, burned out, or just plain burned by their jobs. Few ever do anything to change course, and fewer still find the peace and happiness they’re seeking in a new career. How do you know a career change is for you? How do you find a satisfying job? Those questions can only be answered by asking several other questions first:
What’s wrong with my current situation? Is it the salary? Is it your boss? First you have to know if what’s troubling you is something you can change without taking drastic measures.
What do I want from another career? Make a list of your likes and dislikes in your current position. Try to find another job that utilizes more of those qualities you like best.
What can I do? Be honest. Don’t expect to find someone who’ll hire you without the proper background.
Do I have any valuable experience? Find opportunities to gain experience away from your normal duties. You may find this helps not only in impressing potential employers, but also helps your own mental well being.
What are my strengths and weaknesses? Again, be honest, and put the effort into honing your strengths and converting your weakness before leaping into a new career.
Where do I want to be in five years? It doesn’t have to be set in stone, but setting a long-range goal can help make choices today clearer.
What to Ask Yourself Before Deciding on a New Career in Sports
Always wanted to work in sports? A lot of people have. That’s why finding a job in the industry is so difficult. If you think a career in sports is the answer to your workday woes, you need to ask yourself a few questions first:
What makes me different from everyone else? Lots of people want to work in sports. In order to be recognized you have to make yourself stand out.
How do I feel about long hours? Face it, in nearly every job in sports the hours are long and weekends can be non-existent.
Do I want to make money? You most likely won’t find that high-paying job you want in the sports industry. Unless you have years of experience or 4.3 speed you won’t find people throwing money in your direction.
Of course, these are just a few of the numerous questions you must ask before deciding to make a career change. Finding a new profession should never be the first consideration when you find yourself questioning your job. Try to find the root of the problem, and only then decide if the best way to correct it is through changing jobs.