Changing careers often involves using your honed skills and experience and making a switch to a career or workplace that’s completely different. Perhaps you’re an investment banker who wants to transition to providing financial services for nonprofits. Or maybe you’re a teacher who’d like to try out writing for a change.
One way to launch a career change is to find a mentor to guide you. Another is to follow the FlexJobs 16-point checklist for career change success. If you’re feeling the itch to change careers, we’re going over four common reasons people change careers to help you determine your own reasons for wanting a change.
We tackled many of these questions and issues in our content series, 100 Days on Jobs for Career Changers, and invite you to check out our full library of articles from that series.
If a career change is what you want, here’s a job search checklist for career changers designed to get you really thinking about the ins and outs of your potential career move.
Here are four primary reasons to change careers:
1. Career satisfaction
Professionals often change careers to attain a higher level of career satisfaction. A good example of this would be a middle manager applying for a higher-level position in an industry where their experience and knowledge could complement an upper-management position.
Another reason career professionals jump ship is because they’re concerned there’s a lack of opportunities for advancement where they currently are employed, according to a LinkedIn survey of 10,000 professionals.
2. Unsatisfactory leadership
Another top reason professionals feel compelled to move on is because they’re unsatisfied by the leadership at their current workplace. Ineffective managers can drive away talented employees, which is a significant detriment to the success of the company. Leadership issues can occur at all levels in a company and seriously affect the productivity of workers.
Lack of recognition, low compensation, and minimal benefits are all key factors that are associated with poor leadership.
3. Work flexibility
Sometimes a career change is necessary to accommodate the changing needs of your family or other goals. Work flexibility is another important factor that influences career change. Employees who are juggling a career and the demands of children often desire opportunities to work in a flexible environment that will allow them to work from home, part-time, or have flexible hours.
4. Changing philosophy and goals
Some employees are interested in working in an industry or nonprofit that betters the world, such as the environment or social circumstances of the underprivileged. A career change like this would be due to changing philosophy or life goals.