If you are at your wit’s end with your current career, you may want to consider making a change. It’s a scary proposition because you may be making decent money. Starting something new may require you to take a cut in pay (it usually does). You have become accustomed to a nice lifestyle so, that is not something to take lightly.

However, sticking with a job you despise, even when the pay is good, can be a soul-sucking proposition. If you must spend eight hours or more working, why not make those hours fulfilling? A career change may be just the way to accomplish this.

You should keep in mind that your career is not necessarily your purpose in life. It may be a part of it, but for many people, there is a need to look a lot deeper. For instance, you may love helping others out and feel that is your purpose. If your current career doesn’t focus on helping people, this can help you determine where to look to make changes. Try to find organizations where you can make a difference.

If you go this route, you will align what you want to do for your career with what you feel is your purpose. That will make your new career choice fulfilling. It can give you a reason to want to get up to go to work, which is fantastic.

Don’t let a cut in pay hold you back. There are plenty of ways to supplement your income that doesn’t require taking on another traditional job. You can freelance part-time to fill in the gaps. The extra income could also help you pay for any training you may need for your new career path.

The beginning stages of a career switch are usually the most challenging. You need to couple learning with climbing the corporate ladder. If you are starting your own business for the first time, there will be much to learn. You’ll continually need to be learning. In either case, expect to put in long hours especially at the beginning.

When you focus on tying your career and finding your purpose together, the decisions needed to establish your new path becomes much more natural. Yes, you could of course randomly pick a way forward. However, it’s more likely you will succeed when you fit your new career with who you are or who you want to become.