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Many professionals reach a point in their career where they are no longer satisfied with their work, which could be caused by a variety of reasons.

Whether these professionals need room for growth, a better sense of fulfillment, or want to pursue a different goal, they felt strong enough to take a risk.

This infographic created by Drexel University Online provides those considering taking on a different career path more information on how to make the change.

In order to discover relevant information that could be beneficial to those thinking about changing their careers, Drexel University Online recently polled 320 U.S. residents between the ages of 30 and 54 who recently went through the career change process.

The participants spanned the country, and with the help of Pollfish we polled each person, to understand the reasons for making the big leap, what it was like to transition to a new career, the steps they took, and uncover some of the hardest and most rewarding parts of their journey.

Education was a major factor to those who were deciding on a career change. Once a new career path was finalized, most individuals chose an educational track to help them jump-start their new career.

Of those polled, 99.27% decided to go back to school to support their new career as well as achieve their new goals. While going back to school can seem daunting, in most cases, it was a logical step when making a career move.

Making a significant life change has its challenges. It requires soul-searching, research, as well as clear planning to execute a successful career change.

The good news is that an overwhelming 95.9% of respondents said “YES!” when asked if they were happy with their change of career. Those who chose to change careers were not only happier but felt they had a better quality of life, even citing “more money and more home time” as one of the perks of their new career change.

If you’re considering a career change after 30, be sure to continue researching. Over 20% of respondents advised others to consider and study their new careers carefully. Read more to start taking steps to change the direction of your career path.


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