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5 Questions to Ask Before a Career Change


You spend the majority of your time at work, thinking about work, or talking about work. No wonder career changes can be difficult decisions to make. There are countless considerations to make and pros and cons to weigh to make the best choice. Keep in mind that these career decisions are also business decisions. After all, there are bills to pay, and who doesn’t want to be financially independent? Use these 5 questions to guide your next career changing decision.

Is it practical?

There are always practical aspects to any job or career change. Does the location work? Will the hours work? Does it require you to do something unnatural that’s not really your thing? Does it fit with your overall goals? In any case, you and your family should know what you’re getting into upfront.

Does it sound like fun?

Everyone talks about loving what you do, but how do you know you love it until you do it? You don’t. But if it sounds like fun and the people you’d be working with seem pretty cool, then, barring any red flags, it’s probably worth a shot. Of course, things are never quite what they seem. It always takes a few months immersed in a new job before you figure out what you’ve gotten yourself into. But if it doesn’t seem like it would be fun upfront, it’s not likely to get any better.

What are the odds of a big payoff?

Equity is the big bucks that will take you to financial security and freedom. There are exceptions, but for most careers, that’s a pretty good rule of thumb. Everyone in high-tech made their money via equity. And while you have to roll the dice, you don’t want to make dumb bets either. You want the best odds of a big payoff.

What do I have to lose?

The downside risk is important. Some people overanalyze it. Others don’t consider it at all. But you should. Every job or career has a downside or a risk that nobody likes to talk about. Try to find out what that is.

What does my gut say?

The other four questions are all logic-based, even the fun one. After you’ve answered them all, ask yourself what your gut tells you. Trust the red flags of your intuition; they’re usually right. Pay attention to reason but in the end, trust your gut.

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