Everyone Should Consider Career Change, Here's Why

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Have you ever thought how your life could radically change after deciding on a career change? Maybe your current job does not reward you in the way you have expected, maybe you are not pursuing a career at all and merely making ends meet, or maybe you simply cannot wait to take more difficult challenges and risks. If you said yes to all these points then continue reading, because a career change is definitely not something you should shy away from, nor is it something as unheard of as people would love to think.

1. Higher the Chance You’ll Find Passion

Can you believe that people hold an average of 12 jobs in their lifetime? Two in three workers have found themselves realizing their job was a bad fit, with half of them having quit within six months. Career change is not unusual, if not a very common practice.

By hopping from one job to another, you increase the chance you will actually recognize your true call. Career change is not always about money (though it could also play a factor too), it is also about assessing your interest, bread and butter, and your passion. After all, life is about a cycle of failure and success, and we rarely figure everything out in the first try.

2. Become the Next M-shaped Expert

The conventional concept of a career used to be having a strong foundational knowledge in multiple disciplines but specialized in one field, or T-shaped Expertise. However, jobs these days rarely require only one field of expertise. Although companies never say this outrightly, there is always that tiny detail that discloses their additional preference, this could range from soft-skills like “able to work under pressure” to hard-skills such as “good command in editing apps”.

This is where M-shaped Expert comes in to steal the spotlight. These experts specialized themselves in multiple fields, usually three - so it looks like the M letter. This is a common practice especially in the digital marketing field where someone could cover both the analytical (data analysis, SEO) and creative (Content Marketing, CRM) aspects of online marketing. Accumulating a wide range of knowledge in one field like this could only be achieved by having several career changes throughout your journey. 

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3. Loss is One Thing, Regret is Another

People do not simply figure out, they act it out! Obviously, a career change lacks the security every one of us tends to seek, and then there is also a possible monetization loss to consider as well. However, you never really know before you try. This is, of course, not a call to be irresponsible in your current job and do whatever you want. Be advised that preparation is essential for starting anything new, let alone a job, which will take the majority of your life. Point being made here is do not let your future self mop in the pool of regret full of “what ifs” because you fear to take risks in the present. People and things come and go, it’s a loop we could not escape, yet we could not turn back time. Make sure you take the best chance and opportunity, do not miss out!

Wrapping up, whether you are changing careers in your 30s or 40s, you definitely want to do it correctly, if possible with minimum effort and maximum outcome. Years of experience and you are still wondering if you made the right decision is totally normal. Age is just a number and if you are in the lowest point then the only way is to go up. What matters the most is you leading a happy and meaningful life for the rest of your life.

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