Whether you’ve been in the same career for months or years, at some point, you may consider switching altogether.
Maybe you’ve been working a corporate job, but feel it’s time to start freelancing. Or maybe you feel you’re in a professional rut and a change of scenery would do you some good. Whatever the case may be, there are certain questions you should ask yourself before switching careers.
“We all experience times in our careers where we aren’t feeling fulfilled, energized, or impactful,” Rochelle Davidson, co-author of “Work Freely: Love Your Job. Love Your Life,” told Business Insider.
But the first thing to figure out is why you are considering a career change, she said. Is your current career no longer serving you, or are you feeling disengaged due to something you can shift?
“Take a step back and think about what inspired you to be in this job in the first place,” she said. “Are you trying to move away from something, or are you wanting to move toward something else? Running away from your current gig, without having a clear picture of what you do want, may have you making decisions that don’t ultimately serve you.”
We spoke to three career coaches to find out 11 questions you should ask yourself if you’re considering switching careers.