Five More Excuses Keeping You From Making A Career Change

By: Caroline Ceniza-levine

I recently posted on Forbes about five lame excuses keeping you from making a career change, and it was based on justifications I hear over and over again from people who say they aspire to do something new but don’t follow through to make this happen. You probably know the popular excuses — I don’t know where to start, I can’t afford the pay cut, it’s too late, I don’t have enough time, it won’t work out anyway — that doom people before they even try.

However, there are even more excuses that pop up. Here are five more excuses keeping you from making a career change. Are you guilty of any of these?

It’s too soon to make a change.

Turn this fear on its head, and be grateful that you quickly identified you’re unhappy. Rather than see this as lack of commitment, commit to your career change and doing something you actually care about. Instead of lamenting you don’t have enough experience, be glad that you didn’t invest too much time and effort into a field you no longer want.

[Related: Job Hopping Actually Helped Me Double My Salary — Here’s How]

My family, friends and/or significant other won’t let me.

Whatever the reason you aren’t getting support from family, friends, partner, etc., it probably seems reasonable to them, and it probably isn’t for lack of caring about you. It’s better for your career change anyway to be leaning on people in your new field — they know how things get done and can give you better advice. They are doing what you want to do so can give you inspiration. They are active in the field and can more realistically help you. Focus on your new network, not convincing your old one.

My resume won’t let me.

Your resume is not what is keeping you from a career change. A resume is but one step in a job search, a resume is only one marketing tool of many. Your resume won’t sell you properly for your future career because it’s about what you did in the past. There are other more powerful steps to take than sending out a resume.

I don’t want to go back to school.

I have invested too much in my current career already.

[Related: The Art of Leaving: How to Move on Without Burning Your Bridges]

Between the Forbes post and this one, that’s ten lame excuses we covered that hopefully no longer prevent you from making a career change. Are there any more you are battling with? Or that you vanquished on your own? Let us know!

Caroline Ceniza-Levine is a career change expert and author of Jump Ship: 10 Steps To Starting A New Career. Her latest career change is running

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