IN TODAY’S world, your first job or the industry you work in does not have to become your lifelong career. Careers are no longer permanent choices that are set in stone.

For many people, however, the idea of changing jobs or careers is extremely daunting — usually due to financial worries and a lack of self-confidence to achieve success in their dream job or area of interest.

But it is never too late to make a career change — and for many people the monotonous work in a job or field they don’t enjoy is enough to motivate them to take the plunge and embark on a new career path.

If you are interested in making a career change a reality, then here are two questions to ask yourself to put you on the right career track.

First, ask yourself what do you want to do, and what are your motivations?

For some people, the desire for a career change is hampered by a lack of clear knowledge of what job or career they would like to switch to. Deciding exactly what you want to do, therefore, is essential.

It is a good idea to brainstorm your ideas, your goals and your interests to determine what job you are looking for. Career counsellors can also be consulted for an outside opinion.

Also, before you decide to make a career change, consider the motivations behind this desire. If, for example, you are motivated to leave a certain office culture or role, then perhaps a change in employers will satisfy your needs.

The second question to ask yourself is, what do I need to do to make it happen? Once you have decided what it is that you would like to do, determine what needs to be done to make that new career a reality. Research what qualifications are needed, and what the easiest way is to enter that industry.

Be prepared that a career change — particularly if it significantly departs from what you are currently employed in — may require further study.

The availability of online courses makes it possible to maintain your job and income when studying for a new role or career. Whether you need to take accounting or bookkeeping courses to achieve your goals, they can be taken at home and in your own time.

Remember, you do not always have to aim high. If you are good with numbers, for example, and are interested in taking a book-keeping course, then enrol in one from a reputable service provider.

If you have decided that it is time for a career change, then take the necessary steps to make it happen. Be aware that changing your career can take some time — but, as the saying goes, “it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen!”