Changing Careers

Written by Patricia Skinner
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For many people, the thought of changing careers is more than a little intimidating. They often find, however, that once the step is taken, unimagined benefits can be had. Sometimes it takes a while to get to know ourselves, and by the time we're building a second career, we have the knowledge to make a better job of it. Or we should.

In a perfect world, we'd all have chosen the right career the first time around. This isn't a perfect world, however, and many people are forced to change careers at some point in their lives. Sometimes they don't have any choice. Occasionally there's a shortage of placements for people in their line. The advent of the Internet has been a major cause of the changing face of the workplace. While new posts are being created all the time, some old ones are falling into disuse.

Reasons for a Change of Career

Other times, a person will decide that a change of career is in order because his or her values have changed or developed. A common scenario is that the money just isn't so important any more. As we get older we often choose to focus on other things in life, such as time to spend with loved ones. Occasionally it happens the other way around. In midlife a person can suddenly feel the need to succeed and focus on long held dreams.

In either case, there's no choice but to consider a change of career. Often, choosing something completely new is a chance to pick something you've always wanted to do. It's always daunting to begin anew, but this opportunity to develop a new career should be looked upon as an exciting challenge, and a chance to match your career to your personal ideals. Utilizing job profiling and placement services based on personality can be a good place to start.

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