Change is something most professionals are scared of, especially those with kids in school and mortgages to pay. The certainty of a stable career is hard to resist. It is difficult to disengage from a professional identity one spent years creating.
A career change means a complete transformation, a new job, new position, new employer, it’s a big deal! And it can lead to massive stress and worry. But career stagnation and monotony can also cause a lot of unhappiness.
There comes a point when we want to try out something radically different, which taps into our full range of talents. So, if you find yourself fantasizing about a completely new career, and you have the energy, money and courage to reinvent yourself, my advice will be to go for it. Instead of day-dreaming, you have the choice to fill your career with excitement and purpose if you are willing to take a leap of faith with an uninhibited sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure.
Dr. Aditi Dubey was previously an assistant professor in Centennial College. She is now a lecturer in the Centre of Applied English Studies, Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong. Before being a educator she has also been a BBC Radio news presenter and reporter and also a flight attendant.