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Six Benefits of a Career Change


Have you been feeling unfulfilled at work lately? Are you dreaming of a Monday that makes you excited for the week ahead?

If the answer to those questions is yes, it might be time for a career change.

A career change isn’t always easy, and any change can be daunting. However, with a bit of research, planning, and determination, it could just be the best thing you decide to do.

We’ve listed six benefits of a career change to give some food for thought.

  1. You can pursue your passion

You might have a nagging feeling that you could be doing something different. This doesn’t necessarily mean you dislike your current job; it could just be that you’ve realised your passion lies elsewhere.

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to work with children or young people, or maybe you have a love of learning and passion for a particular subject and would love the opportunity to share this with others. It’s never too late to make a change, and it’s never too late to become a teacher.

Moving into a job that allows you to live your passion will dramatically improve job satisfaction and overall quality of life. After all, we spend a significant amount of our lives working – so it’s worth spending it doing something you truly love.

  1. You can embark on a meaningful career

Not every job brings fulfilment, and you may be yearning for a more rewarding career where you can feel as though you are truly making a difference. With teaching, you are changing the lives of young people every day, supporting them to become the best they can be.

Read more about why we think teaching is one of the most rewarding jobs here.

  1. You can prevent stagnation and re-ignite creativity

You may have reached a standstill in your career and feel as though you aren’t learning anything new, developing skills or expanding your knowledge. This can lead to boredom and poor job satisfaction. Changing careers can re-ignite creativity, enthusiasm, and drive, allowing you to continuously progress into new areas rather than stagnating.

  1. You can take on a new challenge

Taking on a new challenge can push you out of your comfort zone and encourage personal growth, helping you to learn new skills, adapt to different situations and gather experience which can be built upon further. Changing careers shows you are adaptable, willing to take risks, resilient and keen to learn – all of which are appealing qualities that employers look for.

  1. You can feel refreshed

Have you ever felt burnt out and overdue a holiday, only to return to work feeling just as tired and slumped as before? As Winston Churchill famously said, ‘a change is as good as a rest.’ We know this isn’t the case for everybody, but we agree that when a long break and dose of vitamin D doesn’t help, it’s often a sign that a deeper change is needed. A big change can be just as restorative as taking a break, often unlocking a new lease of life.

  1. You can find a job that fits your life

Life can be unpredictable, and circumstances can quickly change – whether or not you saw it coming. Starting a family, moving across the country, and a change in personal circumstances can all alter what you need from your career, as well as your interests and priorities. A career change can help you to find a job that fits your life, rather than fitting your life around a job.

The prospect of a career change can be scary and overwhelming. It’s important to weigh up the pros and cons and think things through, but ultimately if you aren’t currently feeling happy or fulfilled at work, it might be time for a change.

Interested? Here are some useful links to get you started.

In some circumstances, those entering teaching from a different career might be eligible for a salary while they train. You can find out more about our different routes and criteria here.

Now Teach is a fantastic charity dedicated to helping people navigate a career change and become a teacher. Visit their website here to explore further.

Click here to find out more about how teaching changes lives - and could change your life too.

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