I had lunch yesterday with a former colleague who has recently gone back to school for a post-graduate degree. She’s an accomplished professional who had a seemingly successful career in business with lots of opportunity to go in many lucrative and solid directions.
Instead, using the opportunity to take some severance at our old company, she decided to go back to school and change careers. The day-to-day grind had worn on her and she decided it was time to do something different. Despite having a family, and responsibilities, she’s now on her way to that degree and perhaps a new career where she is more fulfilled and much happier professionally and personally than she was before.
Changing careers – at any age or stage – is always a tough choice. Or is it?
The old axiom that life is short is truth at its core. We only have so many days on this Earth and wasting them doing something you don’t love, or worse hate, just isn’t a good use of your time, talent or energy.
But how do you know if it’s time to disrupt yourself? Here are three signs it’s time for a career change:
I always bristle when I hear some people say something similar to what you’re reading in this post. Yet, it truly is a choice. Like anything in life, your choices dictate many things about your lifestyle and we have to make choices depending on those decisions. Despite that, as I get older, and my career progresses, the advice of so many mentors and people I respect rings through my head loudly.
If you’re telling yourself you can’t change careers because you’re too old, have too many responsibilities, or don’t have the time, then you may not be as truthful to yourself as you should be. Everyone – no matter what his or her profession or passion – deserves to be happy.
If you’re not happy today, change your situation and follow your passion. The happier you are, the more successful and at peace with yourself you’ll be.