A career change, if it has been well-researched beforehand and is determined to be a good fit, can have numerous personal and professional benefits, from improved work/life balance to better salary and benefits or support and resources.
To get some real-life insight into the benefits, but also the challenges involved in making a career switch, we spoke to five people who left the security of their familiar and even quite successful careers in order to follow a completely new and different career path.
While their motivations for making a change varied from feeling unfulfilled to wanting a higher salary, there are also a few striking similarities in each story. For one thing, they all say that changing careers has provided them with a better work/life balance and enables them to devote more time to personal interests.
Additionally, although the decision to move into a new career was initially challenging and even a little bit scary, they now say they have a genuine interest in what they do and rather than dreading the thought of going to work each day, they actually look forward to it.