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Future of Work | Mid-Career Switch: A Framework to Assess Your Next Career Option

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

Top 3 reasons for a career switch: Fulfillment, Career Growth, and Salary Prospects. What are your career aspirations and how do you pick a worthwhile next step? Here’s an evaluation framework to help assess your options.

The Top 3 Reasons why you should make a Mid-Career Switch

Career burnout is incredibly real in Singapore. We used to see work as a means to be financially independent and glorified the idea of staying at the same company for a long time.

Moreover, in light of the pandemic, the government is enhancing more job support measures for job seekers. Therefore, a mid-career switch can be less intimidating and financially viable than ever before. Now, with more reasons to reassess our career path, making a mid-career switch could possibly be one of the best decisions to make.

Reason 1: Personal Fulfilment and Passion

After 10 years of working as a graphic designer, Gog Meng Hee realised that the job didn’t match his preferred working style. “I missed face-to-face interactions,” he explained, “It was almost a fully desk-bound job, and the only communication channel to the world and my client is my computer.”

It can be a dreary experience starting the workweek every Monday knowing that the nature of your work doesn’t excite you.

“I (also) didn’t enjoy the frequent amendments,” says Meng Hee. Making a seemingly endless series of edits for a client is commonplace in the design world. The frustration that Meng Hee felt might be something many others can understand, even if you work in another industry.

If you consistently feel like you are dragging your feet to work each morning, or perhaps you know your heart is not truly in the work you do, you are not alone. A 2019 report by Qualtrics finds that “2 in 3 Singaporeans dread going to work daily”.

Specifically, of those in the middle of their careers and were willing to make a career switch outside their field of study,

36% said that they want to switch to pursue personal fulfilment and passion.

Reason 2: Stagnating Career Trajectory

The second most common reason for a mid-career switch is a stagnating career trajectory. 23% of career switchers in Singapore cite the lack of advancement opportunities and growth as their reason for making the switch. Ms Chew Siew Mee, country manager at Singapore, explains, “When their career trajectories stagnate, employees do not derive any form of satisfaction and may begin to resent their jobs.”

Reason 3: Salary Prospects

Along with a lack of career progression, limited salary prospects are also cited as another reason for making the switch. 31% of career switchers did so to get a better salary and financial stability.

Personal Fulfillment, Career Growth, and Salary Prospects are the top 3 reasons for making a career switch. So how do you make sure that you are switching into a career that will be worthwhile?

For those who are still exploring what fulfilment means for you, check out our guide on how to start planning towards a fulfilling career. For those who are looking to make a job or mid-career switch and have 2-3 options to consider, this is a practical ‘thinking-frame’ that you can use to assess those career options.

Introduction to the Mid-Career Evaluation Framework

3 key attitudes ground this framework: Adaptability, Long-term Thinking and Welcoming New Beginnings

1. Adaptability

Accept that things will change. New jobs will emerge, and others will be made obsolete by technology. This principle helps you make space for change in your plans.