Should I make a major career change?? What would you do? (POLL)

posted 2 years ago in Career
  • poll: What would you do?
    Stay in your current career and position : (3 votes)
    7 %
    Switch career and company and hope for the best : (42 votes)
    93 %
  • Post # 2
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    1158 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Lily_of_the_valley:  as someone who has done what you’re describing and now largely surrounds herself with entrepreneurs (the exact opposite mentality of choosing comfort over challenge and skys the limit growth) I firmly believe life is way to short to not be excited and and invigorated by what you do every day. Sometimes it’s emotionally hard to deal with the implications of “starting over,” but if you can swing it and give it some time, I believe it will be incredibly worth it.

    Post # 4
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    1158 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Lily_of_the_valley:  absolutely! I completely understand. But like most things in life, the greater the challenge, the greater the reward 🙂 

    Post # 5
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    374 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015 - Surrey, BC, Canada

    I’ve changed careers and had to learn new roles more times than I can count… overall it’s worth it. The process of learning a new career is exciting in itself, along with the sense of accomplishment that comes with it. I would say go for it if you have a somewhat idea that you will like it more than your current role.

    Post # 6
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    6341 posts
    Bee Keeper

    For me, it’d depend on what my non-career-related plans for the next couple years are. For example, if I wanted to have a kid or two, I might be more reluctant to pursue something that would add TOO much stress to my life (cuz kids’ll do that just fine). But if you aren’t planning on kids for at least a few years, I’d go for it. 

    Post # 7
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    Blushing bee

     

    Lily_of_the_valley:  I’m thinking about doing the same thing.  Point of difference is I need out of my current job (it’s driving me nuts) but I feel like I could do with a small break and maybe start having kids in the next two years.  But if this is somethiing you really want, you should most certainly go for it. 

    Post # 8
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    12785 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Dream company, room for growth, AND higher salary? I thought the catch was that it would be a much lower salary.  But with all that, why would you even think of NOT trying it out?  Who cares if it has nothing to do with the degree you paid lots for!  Doesnt mean you have to be stuck using it if there are betting option.  I’d go in a heartbeat.  Worst case senario, you had it and go back to what you have now or try something else.

    Post # 10
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    670 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    When I was moving to Dallas to live near my then-boyfriend, I decided I needed a career change. I have an MBA so its pretty easy to stay within my degree because its so broad. It can be hard to get into a new field when your experience is elsewhere (this was my problem for a while), but sounds like you’re already past that. I was 29 when I made the move and wish I’d done it sooner! It’ll be easier to do now before you start trying to have children as well.

    I suggest going for it. Challenging and different work than you’re used to can be stressful, but it’s also more rewarding! And more pay? Sounds like a no-brainer but I understand the fear of stepping out of your comfort zone and that you’re abandoning something you’ve invested so much in. It’s like staying in a boring relationship you don’t really see a future in because you’re comfortable. We never grow and get better if we don’t take chances. 

    Good luck!

    Post # 11
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    6691 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Haha, I also though the catch would be a huge paycut! I don’t see what you have to lose. Worst case scenario you will most likely be able to go back to what you’re currently donig. Plenty of people leave my industry all the time (insurance) since it is not exaclty anyone’s “dream” career. But it is steady, pays well, offers good benefits and promotion potential. Half of the time people who leave come back! 

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Life’s sooo short. I say go for it!! Best of luck 

    Post # 13
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    812 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

    Lily_of_the_valley:  I did exactly what you’re describing 10 months ago. It’s been fantastic. It’s nice to break out of a comfort zone sometimes. Just don’t burn bridges with your current company–it’s always good to keep a network in case stuff doesn’t work out. Good luck!

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