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If you’ve been working for any length of time, I’m sure you’ve had the thought “How did I wind up in this job?”. Not all of us wind up where we had planned at the beginning of our careers. And, if you are reading this article, then you are probably contemplating your next move or hoping to land a job if you are out of work.

It is never too late to re-think your career, but if you are going to take the plunge and completely change what you are doing, you really need to be prepared. There are degrees of commitment to changing careers. Maybe you don’t want to switch from being a concert promoter to a Monk, but even if you just want a small change, you should do your homework.

It is never too late to re-think your career, but if you are going to take the plunge and completely change what you are doing, you really need to be prepared.

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Make a Plan

The first thing you will want to do if you are making a career change is to make a plan. There are steps that you should consider before you make that change. From “Evaluate your current job satisfaction” to “Consider alternative roles”.  See CareerAlley – Planning for Your Job Search

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Financial Considerations

Now I don’t want to say that you are just in it for the money, but we all have to eat and why not eat well? While money shouldn’t drive your choice of career, it is certainly a consideration for most of us.  Take a look at sites like Glassdoor’s salary calculator.

  • Salary Calculator – One of many salary calculators (way to many to list here), this one is offered by homefair.com. Type in your title put in your zip code and you are all set to go. Fairly generic, but should give you a rough indication.
  • PayScale Salary Calculator – This one is from, you guessed it – PayScale.com. Same deal here – job title, city and state and off you go.

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Best and Worst Careers

Your quest for a new career is not complete if you don’t take a look at the worst jobs as well. Now everything is relative (as Paul Simon would say “One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor”), so while you may have a different view, you should still take a look at careers you should avoid.

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  • 50 Best Jobs in America – I’m sure you knew where this was headed and I couldn’t simply list the worst without listing the best as well. As luck would have it, Glassdoor.com has a list of the best jobs. An interesting list, as as you would expect, Tech is at the top of the list as well as Health Care and Accountants. In addition to brief overviews, the article also provides the median salary and job openings.

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