What are the advantages and disadvantages of a career change?

Although changing careers undoubtedly has some big advantages, it’s also important to be aware of the potential disadvantages. Make sure you’re clear on both sides before jumping in.

Advantages

Advantages

You’ll likely be more engaged in your new career as it’s something you have a high level of interest in and/or allows you to use your specific set of skills.

Changing careers helps you gain expertise in a new area and can make you suitable for a wider range of job opportunities in the future. It also shows employers that you’re adaptable and not afraid of change.

Working in a new industry will give you the opportunity to get to know a whole different crowd of people and expand your career network.

Disadvantages

Disadvantages

Because there are so many career opportunities available, you may be tempted to change job roles too frequently. This can have a negative effect in the long-term; as employers may worry that you won’t stay in any new role for very long.

Prospective employers may have concerns about your suitability for the role if you have swapped career paths more than once, as it can indicate that you’re not sure what direction your career is taking.

When you make a career change, you’ll be starting from scratch and will need to be prepared for the fact that moving up the career ladder within your new industry will likely take longer than it would have if you had stayed in your first career.