This question isn’t about pay. It’s about your personal values. What’s important to you and what would you like to see reflected in the kind of work that you do? Identify three to five things that are must haves. If you can’t find meaningful work to support your values, what other ways could you achieve this?
Begin to look for opportunities that interest you. What is it about the new role that would support you better than where you are today? What is it that you think you will get out of the new role?
Remember the old expression “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence”? Remind yourself of that. Do some serious reflecting about yourself before you decide to shift gears. Once you have asked yourself these questions and have come up with answers, if they are leading you into changing careers – go for it. Don’t be afraid of trying something new and learning new skills. The more skills one has, the better qualified and the more marketable you become. If upon reflection you decide that it’s not the right time to make a career shift, honour that. The timing might not be right for you.
I can already hear my readers – yeah, yeah, fine and dandy but money is an object and it is necessary! I’m not disputing this fact. What I’m trying to get you to do by thinking this way is exploring options you might never have considered because of some possible limiting belief you are holding about that particular profession. For example, some people have a belief that if you are working in the not-for-profit industry, you can’t get rich. Think again…there are lots of people in this sector earning a really good salary while standing up for the cause they believe in.
It is my belief in this day and age, many of us will be exploring multiple careers in one’s lifetime. No longer is it the case where we will stay in the same career for decades at a time. It is therefore necessary to stop and reflect from time to time to see where we are currently at and where we are wanting to go. What might have worked for us in the past, might not work for us going forward, and that’s ok. Embrace the process!!