I remember you said to stop focusing on what you're giving up and focus on what you want to do. But should I continue what I don’t want to do in the future and pursue my new career on the side to be safe, or just switch 100%?
Zhishang Career Expert Answer：
It really depends on your personal situation. If you’re older, say in your late 20s or 30s, you may have a family to support, monthly house or car payments to make, or other big financial responsibilities. In this case, it’s harder to make a big career change to a different job function or industry that may suddenly and significantly reduce your income. It’s not likely that you’ll still be paid at the same level as what you’ve been doing for a while.
When making a career change, you’re starting over to large degree and need to begin at a lower level again. Often, you’re trading off a short-term cut in salary for the bigger upside potential of pursuing something you’re more motivated to do and think you can do better. Over time, you’ll more than recover that amount. But sometimes, financially, you just can’t afford to make such a big move. You have to take a more gradual approach to pursue your career change and continue in your current situation for a while, even though you know you don’t want to do in the future.
However, if you don’t have major financial responsibilities, then I encourage you to fully commit to pursuing what you want. For instance, I made a huge career change when I was in my mid-20s. At that stage of my life, I didn’t have a wife, house payments, or big money concerns. I was fortunate to be in a situation where I could just quit what I was doing and put all my effort into what I wanted to pursue instead.
Overall, you need to assess your own situation and priorities. But if you can afford to do it, then I say go for it! The way I thought about my situation was, every minute that I’m doing the thing I don’t want to be doing is one minute less that I’m not doing the thing I believe I’ll enjoy more and be more successful at!返回