July 26, 2013, 3:14 PM — Changing jobs is one thing, changing careers another. And while the latter may seem more daunting, it’s a move professionals wisely make for a litany of reasons.
Here are 5 signs it's time to consider a career switch:
Accidental, undesirable career
If you fell into your current job and you're no longer enjoying it, it's time to start looking for something you will, says career expert Michael Peggs.
"If your career is the result of a series of random twists and turns rather than something you consciously pursued, it’s worth thinking about whether it’s really suited to you," he writes.
Investigate other fields and determine what skills you have could be useful in another discipline.
Life changes can lead to reprioritization, plain and simple.
"Pay attention to the encounters or changes in your life that trigger an interest in pursuing something new. They might just be signs that you should try out a new path," Peggs advises.
Poor job outlook
If the future of your field is bleak, start researching greener pastures before you're affected. Here's a list of the top 10 fields that are experiencing so much growth, there's an overabundance of jobs and not enough candidates.
New careers and paths are proliferating, thanks to unprecedented advances in science and technology. Your dream job may be in a new or emerging market.
Your values and job are out of sync
If your job requires frequent travel and long hours, yet you value time with your family, there lies a major disconnect in your life.
Find a field that can take advantage of what you have to offer and one that can merge your skills and values with a job.