Dr Karen Pooh, a clinical psychologist at Alliance Counselling, has these tips:
Understand your motivations: Reflect on why you are considering a career change. Are you seeking fulfilment, new challenges, or better work-life balance?
Clarify your values: Explore if your next steps align with your values. Consider these domains: Physical and mental health, family, marriage, social relationships, personal growth, career, community, recreation and spirituality.
Let yourself explore: You may be unsure if a certain career is suitable and uncertain about the next steps. Give yourself permission to try it out by taking classes or volunteering.
Take care of yourself: Get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and engage in self-care activities. Taking care of your well-being helps you stay resilient.
Practise self-compassion: It is normal to feel terrified when you start afresh. Acknowledge your difficult feelings. Check in with yourself. Give yourself what you need, whether it is releasing the tension in your body or connecting with loved ones or things that matter to you. How would you encourage your friends in the same situation? Offer yourself the same messages.
Seek support: Get support from your family, friends or a career coach. They can provide insights and encouragement during the process. Consider joining professional networks or online communities of individuals who have made similar career transitions.
Use your skills in your next career: You have learnt valuable life lessons and skills which are transferable to your next chapter in life. These include communication, critical thinking and problem-solving.
Be patient with yourself: This will be a marathon, not a sprint. Take it one step at a time. Recognise that it may take time to establish yourself in a new field. Your effort to redesign your life will be worthwhile in the long run.