Your Guide for Changing Careers to Pursue Your Passions

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It’s not uncommon to feel unfulfilled in a job, but it’s important to know when it’s time to change. While big changes—such as pursuing a more fulfilling career—requires effort and resilience, it’s far better than the alternative. If you’re unsure how to go about making a career change, use this guide to get started.


Recognizing when it’s time for a change


If you’re reading this article, it’s likely you’ve already established that you’re ready for a change. However, there are some key indicators that can confirm if you need to act with some urgency: specifically, if your job is causing high levels of stress and anxiety, this can lead to major health problems such as heart disease.


Signs of stress and anxiety include poor sleep, irritability, relationship problems, and trouble concentrating. Even if you’ve developed coping mechanisms that help you mentally withstand the stress, your body will still feel the effects. Unchecked chronic stress can weaken your immune system, leaving you vulnerable to sickness.


If you’ve noticed signs of stress and are losing motivation in your current job, it’s likely time to change careers; your health (and happiness) depends on it.


Steps for making a change


Okay, you’ve decided it’s time to change. Now what? If you’ve been in your job for a long time, it might feel difficult to know where to start. While you don’t need to give your two-week notice straight away, it is a great idea to start thinking about what would be a more fulfilling career.


Make a list of your hobbies and interests. For example, if you’ve always wanted to perform, you could consider acting, or if you’re interested in health and wellness, you might want to research careers that would allow you to work as a health practitioner. Or, if you like the work you do, but want to have more autonomy in your career, starting a business in your current field could allow you to restructure your work.


For some, changing careers or starting a business could require returning to school. With so many online options these days, you could keep your current job while you upskill or earn a degree online. For example, if you’re interested in starting a business, getting a business degree in accounting would give you the skills necessary to launch your own venture.


Dipping your toes in


Changing careers can be a big commitment, so try to learn as much as you can about your potential new career before diving in. There are a few ways to do this, whether it’s shadowing someone in the industry, or getting an internship that will give you a more substantial understanding of what the work would entail. By “sampling” different types of industries or career paths, you can get a better idea of whether they’re worth pursuing.


Leap of faith


The scariest part of changing careers is quitting your current job—especially if you don’t have another job lined up yet. While this might be scary, consider the alternative: spending the next decade sitting at the same desk, doing the same unfulfilling or stressful job.


Remember that it’s vital to stay focused on your goals. Surround yourself with friends who support your plans, and use daily affirmations and reminders if you need extra motivation. While it will be difficult at first, the challenge will pay off as you will get to do what you love.


Changing careers can be an empowering and exciting transition for many people, but it’s not without some hurdles. If you’re experiencing chronic stress, there may be some urgency in finding a new job; however, if you’re still weighing your options, consider going back to school to earn a degree that will make the transition easier.


Are you interested in becoming an actor or model? Contact Latitude Talent Studios to learn about the best way to reach your modeling or acting goals! As a service, we help models and actors in New York get access to the tools to get started.


Written by: Julie Morris julie@juliemorris.org

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