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

Updated: Sep 15

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”.