(NAPSI)—If you or someone you know is thinking about changing careers, you’re far from alone. In fact, according to recently released findings from a University of Phoenix survey, 58 percent of U.S. working adults are interested in a new career. Among those interested in changing careers, 81 percent still identify barriers that keep them from doing so.
The most cited barriers include the 29 percent who say they cannot afford to start over again, while 24 percent said they do not know what new direction they would take, or feel they lack adequate education or experience. Compared to those with at least a bachelor’s degree (13 percent), 27 percent of those without a bachelor’s degree identify a lack of education as a barrier.
What To Do
It can be overwhelming to make a career change but for those looking to pivot their career, three steps can help.
• First, know yourself. What do you want to change? For many, the path to a rewarding career starts by understanding what motivates their desire to change careers. It might be a poor fit with your current company or interest in another field. Remember to take a step back and understand the opportunities involved, as well as the barriers.
• Next, know what you are getting into. Research the field before committing to a change. Network and meet with people currently working in the career you want. Try volunteering in the field in which you are interested. For example, if you are looking to be in a more creative line of work, ask if you can sit in on a meeting in your…
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