5 Career Change Myths To Stop Believing

You can make a career change. It’s not as hard as you think, but it can be overwhelming when you’re stressed. Stress can either be physical, mental, or emotional and manifest itself mentally or emotionally, often both. Work is often a large source of environmental stress, so it’s tough when it’s combined with something else. Relationships and changes in life such as becoming a parent are also other sources of stress. I recently wrote about how to cope when a desired career change is causing relationships stress.

So, what’s prompting your desire for a career change? Perhaps the following apply to you:

•    I want to work in a job role that feels meaningful.

•    I feel like I’ve capped out on learning and growth opportunities at my current organization.

•    I’ve become detached due to a change in life priorities.    

Don’t add stress to your day, week, or month. Follow your heart and combine logic and be sure to admit and then address the myths that resonate.


It’s too late or too early.

Time isn’t always the right gauge of when you should make a career change. Life happens, and along with it comes major life events that impact our values and definitions of meaningful work. Certain events in life can prompt the desire for change like becoming a parent, losing a loved one, or developing a new perspective on the purpose of life.

It’s the best answer to your career burnout.

If you’re a workaholic, you’re likely to take that with you, especially if you’re working in a field that closely resonates with your values and interests. Some industries are more prone to burnout than others, but you can do your part to burnout-proof the company culture, develop an awareness of what causes burnout, and incorporate burnout measures in your career development strategy.

You have to leave your company to change careers.

Career changes don’t have to occur outside of your current company. In fact, internal mobility is a hot trend in the human capital space. If you like where your organization is heading, and their mission speaks to you, ask about internal possibilities for change. A career change isn’t just about changing job roles or industries. Sometimes, what I call a passion project is a great way to rejuvenate your career. Perhaps, you have an interest in learning and development, and you recognize that there’s a need for a facilitator, but there isn’t an official opening. Don’t be afraid to contribute. Your contributions could lead to a career change.

Career boredom will be a thing of the past.

Many industries and companies have peak and slow times, so a change may not get rid of boredom. Winter time is when employees report feeling the most bored, according to a Robert Half blog. In my work with clients, we investigate whether the unhappiness in your career is due to boredom and its truly time for a change, or whether we need to jazz things up with a career side-step and professional development makeover.

You won’t have transferable skills.

If you can communicate value regarding the results of your work, the relationships you’ve made and sustained, and the processes you’ve implemented and improved, then you can make a career pivot (where you go between two “different” industries as I did with fashion promotion to training and coaching).

When thinking of skills, there are universal and industry-specific skills. Examples of universal, transferable skills are problem-solving, creativity, communication and leadership skills. There are also industry-specific skills. When you tell yourself that you don’t have transferable skills, you’re quitting before you’ve begun.

Here are 15 examples of transferable skills.

  1. Advising

  2. Analyzing

  3. Coaching

  4. Collaborating

  5. Verbal communication

  6. Written communication

  7. Customer service

  8. Leading

  9. Mentoring

  10. Negotiation

  11. Problem solving

  12. Public speaking

  13. Rapport building

  14. Researching

  15. Team-building

Erase these myths from your conscious and trust yourself. Your career story is yours to write.