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The 10 Worst Mistakes Career Changers Can Make

The 10 Worst Mistakes Career Changers Can Make

Take your career in the right direction.

Barbara Reinhold, Monster Contributing Writer

Changing careers is never easy. Half the world thinks you’ve lost your mind, headhunters say you’ll never work again and your relatives contribute the old “I told you so” routine. But for many burned-out, bored or multitalented folks who are sitting on skills they’re not getting a chance to use, changing fields is the only way to keep from losing their marbles.







4. Don’t Stick to Possibilities You Already Know About

Stretch your perception of what might work for you. Read some job profiles, and explore career fields you learn about from self-assessment exercises.

5. Don’t Let Money Be the Deciding Factor

There’s not enough money in the world to make you happy if your job doesn’t suit you. Workplace dissatisfaction and stress is the No. 1 health problem for working adults. This is particularly true for career changers, who often earn less until they get their sea legs in a different field.

6. Don’t Keep Your Dissatisfaction to Yourself or Try to Make the Switch Alone

This is the time to talk to people (probably not your boss just yet). Friends, family and colleagues need to know what’s going on so they can help you tap into that large percentage of jobs that aren’t advertised.

7. Don’t Go Back to School Unless You’ve Done Some Test-Drives in the New Field

You’re never too old for an internship, a volunteer experience or trying your hand at a contract assignment in a new field. There are lots of ways to get experience that won’t cost you anything except your time. A new degree may or may not make the world sit up and take notice. Be very sure where you want to go before you put yourself through the pain and debt of another degree program.


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