15 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Major Career Change

by | Aug 16, 2010 | Career Change


If you’re considering a major career change, you may find the process a little overwhelming at first. To help organize your thoughts and feelings on the topic, ask yourself the following 15 questions.

Remember to answer thoughtfully and honestly. This is for your eyes only. Also, be sure to write your answers down. Putting abstract thoughts and feelings into words can help you identify what’s really going on and it adds a tangible element to the reflection process.

(Note: If you need help answering any of these questions, please download my free e-workbook How Nourishing is Your Career? to help get the ball rolling. It’s available in the Free Career Resource Library)

1.    What is it about my current career that isn’t working?

2.    What does this new career offer that my current career doesn’t?

3.    What does this new career ignite in my soul?

4.    How does this new career align with my core values?

5.    What are the long-term opportunities associated with this new career?

6.    What skills or resources will I need to take advantage of these long-term opportunities?

7.    Who do I know who is already in this career and can give me an honest “insider’s” perspective?

8.    Will my friends and family support this new career endeavor?

9.    How long will it take to make a comfortable living in this new career?

10.    Do I have the financial resources to make this new career work? If not, how can I get what I need to feel secure?

11.    What struggles can I predict in my transition to this new career?

12.    What can I do now to minimize these potential struggles?

13.    What specific experience do I hope to gain in this career move?

14.    How will my previous experience help me in this new role?

15.    Is this career move one step in a larger plan? If so, what does this new career need to provide in order to help me move forward?

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About the Author

Chrissy Scivicque is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and certified Professional Career Manager (PCM). She is an author, in-demand presenter and international speaker known for engaging, entertaining, educating and empowering audiences of all sizes and backgrounds. Learn more here.

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