I chose the wrong career. What do I do?

There are many factors that can cause discontent on the job. One common cause is not having chosen the right profession: this affects productivity, motivation, stress, personal satisfaction and an unfailing shift in the direction of your career.

Deciding to change our professional path involves a series of financial and emotional costs, as well as a time commitment. Initially, because it means leaving the place of stability we have been in for years.

According to a survey conducted by Universia (2017/Spain), 37% of people consider a career change, and this can be due to various factors, such as: the financial aspect (24%), the prestige of the institution (23%), and the proximity or need for application in their environment (18%).

Some consequences of vocational reorientation

WiseStep, a platform with recommendations for recruiting, provides us with some of the effects on people who are not satisfied with their career choice:

  1. Decreased work satisfaction
  2. Reduced daily productivity
  3. Health problems
  4. Low self-esteem

The importance of self-awareness

Knowing our strengths and areas of opportunity allows us to analyse what is required by the position or professional profile to which we aspire. At PDA International, we encourage using the self-awareness process to discover our motivators, leadership and decision-making styles and what spurs our potential. (Learn your behavioural profile by taking the PDA Assessment free of charge)

How do I choose my new career?

1. Choose a career that involves daily activities that you are passionate about.
2. Research your field of interest with the help of professionals. Universities have information online, but it is important to learn about others’ experiences and testimonials.
Consider innovative careers. Don’t be afraid to take risks and consider options that prepare students for what are considered the jobs of the future.
4. Probe professionals in your field of interest to understand what their professional lives are like, and if the career is in fact what you want and expect.
5. Reflect on your ideal job, and research the requirements to be hired for that job. This can also help you make the right decision.

Take the time needed to make all the changes you may need, and dare to become the person you have always wanted to be!

“You don’t have to stay with a job for the rest of your life, because if you don’t like it you’ll never be successful in it”.

Lee lacocca