I’VE been in the fleet industry for the past 10 years but recently have been thinking about a total career change. I’d like a job where I spend more time outdoors rather than in the office. Is this possible?
GIVING up a career and starting afresh can be daunting, but there are many examples of successful transitions. Before you make a decision, consider all your options because change for change’s sake is, potentially, a recipe for disaster.
What is the challenge you are looking for from work? It could be that a job change is all you need, so think about whether it really is the career that’s getting to you, or if a change of employer is enough.
If you do want to change career, think about the training. Can you afford to go without income while you are learning new skills? Money isn’t the only cost.
Development can involve a commitment to study, so ensure you’ve considered what effect this may have on your personal life.
If you do decide to take the plunge, research every aspect of a new role before you abandon your current one. A professional body can offer detailed advice and guidance about the qualifications you require to progress.
Changing careers is not a simple decision, but if you decide to do it for the right reasons, are able to afford the financial costs, and have taken time to check you are suited to the new industry, you are more likely to reduce the concerns you currently have.
Director, marketing and corporate affairs, Chartered Management Institute