Why a Career Change May Be a Good Thing
A career change is a scary leap
Did you glance over the title and think, maybe I shouldn’t read this? Well, you definitely should. Because like many, you are probably thinking of a career change.
Making a career change is an extremely scary prospect, and it makes sense to be hesitant about it. Especially if you are in your already in your 30’s or 40’s. After all, shouldn’t you have figured out what you wanted to be when you’re all grown up?
If your job is making you unhappy, you’re not alone. More than 80% of people in the U.S. don’t like what they do for a living. Quite a high number, right?
But does a career change have to be painful? And might the pain be worth it in the end? “No pain, no gain”, as they say.
So here are the top reasons why changing your career might be a wise move, after all.
My Career Is Making Me Unhappy
So why stay in a career that is draining you of your well-being? If you’re stuck, then get out of that rut. If you don’t, you might be hurting yourself more than you think. Feelings of unhappiness and depression can land you with heart disease later in your life and maybe even an early death.
I'm Too Old To Start Over
Really? That may be the exact reason why you should start over. Are you ready to spend another 30 or 40 years of your life stuck in a job you don’t like?
When you have to learn something new (when you begin a new career, for example), it’s good for you. It keeps the big scary Alzheimer’s disease at bay and improves cognitive function. But there’s a catch like there always is, right? Yep. What you learn has to involve pain. I know, the dreaded P-word again. But the learning experience should be painful; otherwise, it’s not enough of a challenge for your brain. Maybe it’s time to start thinking of pain in a more positive way.
I Just Don't Find My Career Interesting Anymore
You always thought you had wanted to be a biologist. So you did what you needed to do: went to school, graduated, and then got a job. But here you are, 10 years later and staring into another petri-dish is getting a bit dull.
Besides the sheer boredom of working in a dead-end and uninspiring job, running on automatic with your job is not a good idea if you have plans of keeping a sharp mind into old age.
Two thirds of Baby-Boomers and Gen Xers don’t find their work engaging. Not being engaged by your work might signal bad things for your brain later on. Remember that study about the benefits of pain for your brain.
So go after the job that you find interesting. You owe it to yourself. Dementia and Alzheimer’s are no joke.
I'll Likely Feel Regret Making A Career Change
Well, you will for sure if you don’t give it a shot. Can you imagine the regret that will eat you if you don’t even try? You’ll always wonder what your future could have been. Even if you fail, at least you tried, right?
I Can't Afford To Make A Career Change
Take stock of your priorities. What does, “I can’t afford it” really mean? Does it mean, “I can’t eat out every day” or “I can’t see a movie every weekend” or “I can’t buy that new SUV”? You need to figure out what is more important to you. Would keeping your older car really break you as much as staying in a career you can’t stand? Sit down and take stock of what will matter to you 10 years down the road. Money or working in a fulfilling job.
Let me leave you with this. It’s from the great Robert Frost:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference
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