It turns out being established in one career track doesn’t necessarily mean you want to stay on it.
A recent survey conducted on behalf of Rasmussen College shows that 45 percent of 35-44 years olds considered changing careers.* The survey was conducted in early 2014 and asked more than 2,000 workers aged 18 to 55-plus whether they’ve ever thought about changing their current job.
Thirty-six percent of all respondents said they’ve considered doing a different type of job altogether. In fact, fewer than 30 percent of 55-plus respondents said they’ve considered working in entirely different careers.
Three of the biggest factors listed for why respondents considered changing jobs included: insufficient pay, no room for advancement and unfulfilling work. The reasons listed for why they didn’t change jobs were the limited number of jobs available in a weak economy, fear of instability and 'feeling too old to change'.
Those three reasons should give some pause.
Changing careers takes some careful consideration—it’s easier to stay in a career if you’re counting down the days to retirement and need to just tough out a few years of unfulfilling work. But if you’ve got a long way to go and your dissatisfaction is already mounting, it’s not out of the norm to consider your options.
There is a big difference between considering changing careers and actually doing it, but these results suggest that it is common for workers—even those well established in a career—to consider making a change. If you’re someone who is considering making a move, go for it, but do it intelligently.
Be sure to do your research before changing careers. Is there a particular field you know you want to pursue? What are the job prospects? Can you afford the schooling or training required?
If after careful consideration you feel you’re ready to make a change, remember, you’re not alone. Others have thought about changing careers and a fair amount of folks follow through every year. There’s no shame in changing careers if it improves your overall happiness, as long as you’re prepared for what changing careers entails.
To find the right career for you, check out Rasmussen College's Career Roadmap.
* Survey Methodology: From February 25 to March 2, 2014 an online survey was conducted among 2,003 randomly selected U.S. adults who are currently employed and are also Vision Critical American Community panel members. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 2.2%. Quotas were put in place to ensure a sample representative of the entire working US adult population in terms of age, gender and region. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.