Perhaps you feel the need of a change. Maybe work isn’t fun anymore or perhaps you think you could do better in another organization. But before you jump ship, it’s worth your while to consider what type of change you need. If you don’t carefully think through what type of change you need, you may end up jumping from the frying pan into the proverbial fire.
Here are the different types of changes to consider:
A job change. A job change is the easiest type of change to accomplish. It means that you are staying in your same field using a familiar skill set in a different organization.
You might consider a job change if your organization is struggling financially, if there have already been layoffs and there are rumors of more, if there has been a company merger that results in duplication of functions, or if you need a new challenge.
An industry change. An industry change is a little more difficult than just a job change. Most organizations prefer that you have experience in the industry where you are searching for work. If you do not already have industry experience, it can be challenging to persuade employers that you will be able to quickly make a contribution to the organization.
An industry change may be in order if you are in an industry that has declined or has consolidated, leaving fewer positions available. Your skills will be easily transferable if you are staying in the same profession and just changing industries.
A career change. It takes more planning and effort to effect a career change than either a job change or an industry change. With a career change you will be changing professions, and in many cases that means a pay cut and/or a decrease in responsibilities since you will often be starting over in a new career.
People usually make career changes when the price of staying in the same field is higher than the price of changing fields. In other words, people who finally decide to make a change have usually been unhappy with the type of work that they have been doing for some time. But at some point it reaches a critical mass, and they decide that they cannot continue with what they have been doing. They need a change.
Some people finally make a change when they are financially able to do so. It is relatively common for people to decide to do something different after they officially retire. Once people know that they have their retirement money to count on, it frees them up to explore new options.
Going through any type of career transition is now more difficult in today’s competitive job market. For assistance with your career transition, call 877-743-9521 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to contact a career coach who can help you successfully navigate this time of change.