Top 6 Signs It’s Time for a Career Change
By Laura Fitzpatrick
You spend 40 hours/week at your job (more than that in some professions). If you get eight hours of sleep each night, that means you’re spending 35.7% of your waking hours at your job each week. So if you’re going to spend roughly one-third of your life doing something, you should be happy with it, right?
At Climb, we identify education programs with a high return-on-investment (ROI) that help students meet their career and financial goals. We’ve spent quite a bit of time talking to our students about their career switches, and we’ve gathered the top signs that it’s time for a career change!
Your job doesn’t challenge you
Most of our students have explained that overcoming challenges in their new careers is an incredibly rewarding aspect of career-switching. New challenges encourage growth and help you stay interested, engaged, and content with everyday life.
Kristy Glassick, a General Assembly student we interviewed, captured the feeling best when she reflected on the moment she decided to start her own UX Design business.
There’s no upward mobility
Once you’ve maxed out your ability to move up in your job, it’s probably time to look for a career switch. While working at an Apple Retail store, one of our students — Joshua Jaffe — described his desire to level-up and start building a more rewarding career.
If you like the field that you’re in, but you still feel you’re not in a position to move up, you could take a short-term certificate program to help you take your career to the next level.
You’re unhappy with the type of work you’re doing
Remember: you’re spending 35.7% of your waking hours at your job each week. If you aren’t enjoying your career, then you aren’t enjoying one-third of your life. Whether it means striving for a new challenge, or switching to a job that lets you work in a more interesting environment, there are plenty of ways you can make sure you’re enjoying your work.
Take it from one of our students, Elliott Jones, who had an MBA and an office job prior to making a career switch to heavy equipment operations and becoming a crane operator:
Your career isn’t matching your financial goals
While personal satisfaction is a hugely important aspect of choosing a career, making money and meeting your financial goals is equally important. If you have a goal to buy a house, go on a grand vacation, or start a family, it’s important to look at your current salary and plan out a budget that will help you meet those goals.
Our student David explained than in addition to wanting a new challenge, financial goals definitely played a role in his career change from education to web development:
You feel like you’re just going through the motions
After high school, there is pressure either to jump directly into a career or to get a bachelor’s degree, chose a major, and jump into a career in that path. Many people realize later that they don’t want to spend their lives following the path they set on at 18 years old.
It’s never too late to make a switch and choose a new direction. In his interview, Galvanize student Luis Rocha explained just that:
You’re looking for a different pace
As we noted in the last point: it’s never too late for a career change. We’ve spoken to students who have made career changes after six months or more than ten years working in the same position.
One student, Glenn, decided that after working for years as a paramedic, he wanted to get his CDL and become a commercial truck driver. The new career will give him the opportunity to see the sights on the road and move into a less stressful position.
Ready for a career change?
Apply for one of the many short-term career programs in Climb's network of schools, or take a look through our industry-specific FAQ page!