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5 Tips Before You Make a Career Change

By William Vogeler, Esq. on January 10, 2017 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

So you're standing on the edge of a cliff, looking down at the rocks below and imagining what your body will look like when they find you.

Of course, it's not gonna be that bad. There are risks to taking that leap of faith toward a new career, but you can do it. Here are some thoughts to consider before you take that bold step:

1. Don't Be a Lemming

Don't follow others who jump out of their jobs without thinking. Look around and get some perspective first. Take a sabbatical, a vacation, or even a few days off to explore and think about it.

2. You Are Worth More

"It's not about the money." That's what poor people say. Of course, it's about money and more. It's about self-worth. Prioritize your values, including your financial ones. Be honest with yourself and find out what motivates you.

3. Give Yourself a Promotion

Once you have a grasp of the real brass ring in your life, go get it. Maybe you've realized that you want to stay in your career, and you just need to change your direction. A new practice area or a part-time practice is a career change, too.

4. Make New Friends

It's who you know, not who you knew. "Networking" is the present tense, and it leads to the future. Make connections where you want to be in your career.

5. Don't Look Back

Once you have made the decision to leave the law, don't look back except perhaps to wave. If the law is a jealous mistress, or mister, as Joseph Story sort-of said, then you better leave it far enough behind.

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