Should I Change Careers?

Career Change

Things to ask yourself before making a decision

At Dakota County Technical College, we understand that changing careers can be a tough decision. We want to give you the tools and information you need to make a decision that’s right for you. While there are no guarantees that more and better knowledge will land you the job of your dreams, an informed decision does greatly increase your odds of finding satisfying, long-term employment.

Ask yourself the following questions before making the jump to a new life:
  1. Has my life changed?
    For example, travel and long hours may have been acceptable years ago, but may not work now that you have children. Perhaps now that you are older you want work that is less physically demanding or more fulfilling.
  2. What is the job outlook?
    Has the job forecast in your career field worsened? Perhaps you see where the future of your organization is going and just need more training to stay competitive.
    Find job outlook information at:
    ISEEK | Minnesota’s career, education, and job resource
    Or more detailed information at:
    MN DEED | Minnesota Employment Projections
  3. Do I enjoy going to work every day?
    If you can’t stand doing your job and switching employers hasn’t helped, you may be burnt out and need a new career to light your flame.
  4. Is my job too stressful?
    Some careers are more stressful by nature than others. Is your profession taking a toll on your health and is it worth it?
  5. Do I find my job boring?
    Now that you have been working in your field, you may have climbed the ladder as far as it goes and miss the challenge of doing something new and different.
  6. Do I want more money?
    Many people are surprised to learn that increased salary doesn’t necessarily lead to increased job satisfaction. However, higher earnings are something to consider when considering a career change and often necessary in certain life situations.
    For the most accurate salary information in Minnesota, go to:
    ISEEK Job Search Tools

What next? Explore careers on ISEEK or the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. And be sure to visit DCTC and meet with our friendly staff and instructors. We are here to help you step into your future.

For more help with career decisions, contact:
  • Ramie Chackan
    Director of Career Services
    Toll free: 1-877-937-3282 ext.450
    Room 2-203 | Rosemount campus
    Office Hours: 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. or by appointment, Monday thru Friday