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Changing Careers to Find Balance

2011 July 18

Juggling your job and family time may just be too difficult for some that often the idea of changing careers comes to mind. But with the economy still reeling from the global financial crisis, many are apprehensive regardless of whether they are unhappy with their current jobs.

Yet there are plenty of success stories out there about mums and dads who decided on a career change or find a new source of income such they can be their own bosses. And having the control of their time and schedule, allows them to finally find the balance between work and family. So how do you achieve that?

1. Be True to Yourself

Ask yourself what you really want. What you are passionate about. What your ideal situation is. Of course you’ll realize that to become that and be in that ideal situation requires compromises and sacrifices. Realize what you can give up for the sake of being more happy and attain that sense of freedom.

Ignore what people may have told you and listen to your gut instinct instead. This exercise will let you accept that you are responsible for your next actions and will further motivate you to work hard to reach that goal in mind.

2. Set a Timeline

There is no doubt that the greatest fear paralyzing many who wish to take that change is that of risking the financial security of the family. And that is very understandable as you are responsible for your children’s welfare and no parent would want to do something that would bring difficulty to everyone.

That is why it makes good sense to save in advance and make a timeline stating what you think a good amount of savings will be such that the risk of financial ruin is minimized. And only then would it be wise to take that leap to a new career or a start a new business. Allow yourself to wait and take time to create that financial reserve as rushing may just cause more stress and imbalance at home. And that is contradictory to what you want to achieve.

3. Do Your Research

As you would in any endeavour, gathering vital information is requisite for you to make a prudent decision. Check the state of the industry you wish to enter, who are the key players, what are the latest trend, what are the forecasts. On the way you’ll discover many options available to you so weigh each one up and find what suits you.

Ask your family and friends for their opinions and study each option carefully including the requirements of each alternative from you. Do not forget to consider the possible consequences too as this can significantly affect your family’s situation say the need to re-locate. Discern what will help you achieve that ideal place you determined in number 1.

4. Immerse Yourself

Once you have decided on what new area you’ll like to play at, then take some concrete actions. Commit yourself to attend classes, join relevant associations, be a volunteer and continue reading more about the industry you want to join in. You will find the knowledge and inspiration you need to  kick start your decision to pursue either a new career or entrepreneurship.

Jenny Davis is stay-at-home mom blogging on productivity for Live Silver Prices, the free tool helping you to buy silver online.

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10 Responses leave one →
  1. July 21, 2011

    great advice.I can speak from experience as I had totally became miserable I a place of employment that I could not stand. There is no better time to take control and get balance in your personal life an work life that now.If you dont you will regret it for sure in the future.

  2. nerissa permalink
    July 22, 2011

    Sometimes its hard to balance life, because in order to live we must have to work. By the way, your tips are great and inspiring. I would love to try it. Thanks for the share. :)

  3. July 23, 2011

    Deciding what to do in a new career is difficult, but these tips outline a good plan for figuring out what to do and how to do it. I especially like the one about taking classes. I went back to school several years ago to earn a degree in Interior Design. What I learned in school, took my business in a different (and more profitable) direction. The toughest part is making the leap, but with the right plan and support from others, anything is possible.

  4. August 10, 2011

    Making a decision is a tough one and its very difficult if you don’t like the decision you made. Thank you for your wonderful post. I have learn and realize things and how can I make my life balance.

  5. October 21, 2011

    Thanks for the good tips. I think if it’s in a different field than what you worked in before it isn’t as easy as drawing up a resume and applying for jobs. It takes careful planning and may actually require a little more work than you anticipate.

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