7 Reasons Why 2021 Is The Year To Move Into A New Career
A career change can be something that many people do. Why? Well because when making the decision about what you wanted to do in life back in high school, things change and you might not feel the same way anymore. The job you have may not bring you any joy or you’ve realized the harsh reality that you’ve made a mistake. If that’s the case, then here are seven reasons why 2021 is the year to move into a new career.
You Fell Into Your Current Job
How did you come about your current job? Perhaps you went into it after studying for years or it might be that you fell into it naturally. Not everyone knows what they want to do in life and as such, they can often fall into a job out of convenience or perhaps guidance from other people. However, that’s not going to bring you much fulfillment in your career when it’s not a job you really expected to be doing in the first place.
Money can often be a controlling factor when it comes to making decisions in your career but the reality is that you can make money regardless of whether you stay in the job you’re in now or you move onto something different. The fear of not having money isn’t the thing that should be controlling your decisions, especially when it comes to an aspect of your life that takes up a lot of your time.
So if fell into your current job and want out, then this year is the year to explore other options.
The Job Market Is Going To Be Hot
The pandemic has brought a lot of industries to their knees and as such, a lot of people have lost their jobs and businesses are operating on a very small amount of employees. With that being said, once things are back to normal, there is definitely going to be a job market that’s hotter than anything we’ve ever seen before. Yes, there’s likely going to be a lot more competition, but you stand as good of a chance, as anyone who has the same skillsets and experience as you do.
Believing in yourself that you can achieve anything you set your mind to is the most important thing to lead with when finding a new job or career path. Don’t be put off by the thought of being up against someone else, there’s going to be plenty of jobs on the table for those that need one.
If you’re thinking about moving into a different career, then it’s worth getting signed up to all the relevant job boards and agencies so that you’ve got your finger on the pulse. Getting daily alerts through your email or phone can be helpful in getting your resume in there first.
It’s A Great Time To Network
Networking is one of the most beneficial things you can do in any career. Meeting people is especially important because you never know who could help you out or give you the guidance that perhaps you’ve been lacking.
Networking isn’t something that everyone is immediately gifted at and a lack of confidence might make you shy away from these opportunities to meet new people. However, when you want to make progress in a new career, it’s a good idea to a network, and now is the right time to be doing it. So many more people are operating online and therefore going to be more readily available than before. Dropping someone a message on LinkedIn for example is more likely to get read.
If you need more guidance on networking both online and offline, then there are some great resources online that are worth taking full advantage of.
Life Is Too Short
One thing that this pandemic has taught us all is that life is way too short to be doing anything we don’t want to be doing. For those who are thinking of moving into a new career path, it’s important to remember that we only live once and our time may be limited. It’s not worth doing something that you do simply because it pays the bills or that you believe you’re incapable of doing anything else.
In reality, we’re all multi-skilled and talented to do a range of jobs, it’s just some are more aligned to your passions in life. So take this as a sign that you should be looking elsewhere and at new opportunities.
Educational Opportunities Could Be Available
Having an education is something that everyone should deservingly have and it’s also something you may explore later on in life as well. The reality is, that education can be for anyone of any age and background. If you’ve been looking at heading into a new career and job, then it might be you need some extra skills or knowledge in the field you’re going into.
There are plenty of institutions that open their doors to anyone and everyone who wants to learn something new. So whether you’re looking into an online masters degree in business administration, or you fancy doing a Ph.D., there is so much available and there’s also plenty of funding options too.
There are places that offer sponsors and it might be that the job you’re in now may be willing to support you in some way if you fancy staying with the company but moving into a different job.
We’ve Realized What Matters Most – Our Happiness
We all know that life is too short but one thing we also tend to sacrifice when it comes to our career is our happiness. Being stuck in a job that you hate is no way to live your life, especially as your work life takes up such a substantial chunk of it.
If you’re waking up every morning and not wanting to go to work, then there’s a problem. We all have our bad days and those days where you’re really not feeling going into work. However, they are few and far between. If you’re experiencing it every day, then there is certainly a problem there. It’s important to prioritize your happiness instead of doing very little about it and continuing on as you current are. That’s not going to help and it’s certainly not going to make you any happier.
Your Lifestyle May Have Changed Dramatically
Your lifestyle can often change and sometimes, a job can take over more of your life than your free time does. It’s good to try and aim for a work-life balance but that’s not always possible. However, there are times where you do have other responsibilities come into your life whether that’s getting a dog or having children for example. If that’s the case, then life as you know it has probably changed quite dramatically and as such, your current work situation might not be aligning with what your lifestyle is like nowadays.
If it’s changed dramatically, then perhaps it’s time to start something new elsewhere and to find something that’s better suited to what you’re after in order to fit your life right now.
2021 has proven to be a year of hope and of change for many people. For your new career, it’s something that’s exciting and that might have been a long time coming. With that being said, use these tips to recognize whether or not you need that change in your career and what benefits it could provide to you as you head into a new direction.
JR Dominguez is the technology, finance and music editor for MiLLENNiAL. When he's not writing, you can find him day-trading stocks, playing video games, or composing commercial scores.