The onset of the seven-year career itch can be different for everyone. For some it’s mid-level boredom, others a change in values or priorities. Some may find their career is getting a shakeup due to things outside of their control, such as automation and changing structures. Or perhaps a change in family dynamics and a stint of maternity leave has got you wondering if going back to your old job is a good move.
Gone are the days where we start with a company out of school and work our way up the ranks until retirement. It’s now common knowledge that most of us will have upward of three to five career changes in our lifetime. While it may seem overwhelming, changing careers can help highlight our transferable skills, build resilience, and future-proof your long-term employment opportunities.
The first question you need to ask yourself when considering a change is whether it's your workplace or your industry that your need a break from. If your industry still excites you, perhaps it’s time to consider a new position. Mid career level workers are also faced with the prospects of advancing up the career ladder. This can mean moving away from projects and into management. If you’re ready for a change, but concerned about moving away from the work that you’re passionate about, perhaps a lateral move is a better option for you.
The most common career change comes in the form of changing industries into a new role with transferable skills. This may be necessary for people whose jobs were made obsolete by automation or those looking for a change after an extended period out of the industry. In some cases these minor career changes may require updating qualifications, though being able to show how your past career has prepared you for your new position may be enough.
For those looking for a more extreme change of pace, you’re never too old for a complete reinvention. Changing into a career where you have very few, if any, transferable skills is hard work, but rewarding. Start with a list of things you’re looking for in a new career and try to best line up your values and strengths with a particular industry. Turn to your friends and colleagues for advice, particularly if they work in your chosen field. Research what qualifications you need and how to best go about attaining them.
Are you ready to achieve big things? Check out our information for career changers to find out how we can help you transition into the career of your dreams.