Changing career can be a tough decision. To Switch or not?

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Changing field of interest is one of the biggest choices students face once held up with a degree in hand, thinking about it will land you up in various possible outcomes and consequences. Before you take that jump of faith we would recommend you to look at this few tips we would like to offer on the basis of experiences from other successful people about what they have to say about a switch.


1. Start with a plan.

A successful career change can often take months to accomplish with a strategy in mind, so without one, you could end up adrift for an even longer period. A detailed plan should be considered involving financial & educational goals. Without a plan, you might find yourself not very confident and the interest may soon fail to pick up at the right moment, you may reconsider the options as good or bad. Also do think about the same options available in your current choice of field as a final consideration to weigh both sides carefully.

– A Microbiologist after graduating in Biotechnology.

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2. Following current Trends.

Certain fields are very alluring because of the salary and other benefits they offer, but be very careful of switching careers because of all the dollar signs. Keep repeating to yourself, “money won’t buy me happiness.” Remember that you may make more money, but if you hate your new field, you’ll probably be spending that money on stress- and health-related expenses. A career that’s hot today could be gone tomorrow, so dig deeper.

 -An IT professional after Mechanical Engineering.

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3. Changing careers because of pressure.

Don’t let your parents, girlfriends or significant influence your choice of interest. They don’t have to live that career every day; you do. If you love what you do and earn a reasonable living, why is it anyone’s business but yours? If you switch careers because of outside pressure to have a “better life,” and then hate your new field, you’ll end up resenting the person(s) who pressured you to make the switch.

-An Author after studying his Engineering in IIT (not Chetan Bhagat)

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4. Ask for Guidance.

If there is one thing you should listen to your parents its about getting advice of a senior/mentor. Ask your teachers , people from the same field and experienced professionals of that field. Research and read more about it and the scope of the choice, whether it fits the bill for your every dream to pursue. you can find more about this by connecting with people and linkedin and asking for advice and following their path of success. By conducting research into careers you have never considered or been exposed to, you may find the career of your dreams.

-A School Teacher after her MSc in Radiology.

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5. Changing careers based on the success of others.

It’s human nature to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. Just because your best friend or neighbor is successful in a certain career does not mean that you will be or that you will be happy doing it, so certainly consider the career field, but make sure you do the research before jumping into it as we already advised it. Finally, just to add yet another cliche, too many job-seekers switch careers on the assumption that the grass is always greener and often times find out that is not the case. You may find your pastures greener later.

– A Fitness Coach after Software Engineering

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6. Final Thoughts on Career Change.

You have so many resources at your fingertips, both here at Quintessential Careers and other career sites, that there is no excuse to making any of these career change mistakes. But if you do make one of them, step back and see if there is a way to fix it and move on. A career should not control you; you should control your career.

– A Web Designer after Medical Science.

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Well if you agree or disagree with this points or have any more tips to add with, please use our comment section below, since we are always open to ideal interests and their following advices. 




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Vinay Nair likes to explore topics related to higher education and looks forward to help prospective students with queries related to their study abroad dreams.


6 thoughts on “Changing career can be a tough decision. To Switch or not?

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  2. I have done electrical communication engineering .but my core interest is in Programming languages.. i am also good in programming also enjoy what should should i do..should i start it as a side career or keep on my path…feeling confused

    • Doing a specific degree need not restrict you to a specific pool of subjects exclusive to your chosen field of study. Multi-discipline study is always a good option. Programming is a required skill set with most of the academic fields. So try to balance the time you spend on programming and electrical domains. There will be a lot more opportunities that may require both the skill sets for e.g. EECS.

      Finally it is your choice that matters.The lack of a degree in the topic your’e interested in,should not stop you from pursuing that career path. All the Best.

        • ECE-based approaches to systems engineering and reliability engineering will involve a lot of computer modeling and programming.

          * Programming in MATLAB for mathematical modeling, system/filter design and analysis, and simulation is used in control engineering, signal processing, antenna design, and many areas of ECE.

          * Other aspects of telecommunications: multimedia compression? Yes, you can implement them as software in C, C++, or MATLAB, or as VLSI circuits in SystemC, Verilog, or VHDL.

          * Power engineering? The design, modeling, and analysis of electrical machines would involve modeling with LabVIEW, a graphical computer language (or graphical “programming” language, if you like). Smart grid design? Definitely a lot of computer modeling (read: computer programming).

  3. i am doing electronics engineering. but now i realized that i am interested in field of education not in engineering. i wanted to pursue a masters in education. is it a good option ? should i go for it ? kindly advise. i am really confused.

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