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Work: Changing Your Job Or Career

Tips For People With A Health History To Consider Before Changing Careers

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Before you make a change in career, it is advisable to think through the change just like you did when deciding on a treatment. In other words:

  • Don't be surprised if you have to stay in your current job for a while to bring in income to continue your lifestyle and help pay the medical bills.
  • You are legally protected when making the change. A new employer cannot ask about your health history. Neither can schools.
  • Pull together as many facts as you can. 
    • Probe your past. Think back to your early days when you started work. What were your early enthusiasms? Or, to look at the question another way, are there things you regret not having done? Do the answers hold a clue to what you would enjoy doing in the years ahead? 
    • Can you make the living you need doing the activity you most enjoy?
    • If you would need to relocate, take some time (possibly using vacation time) to visit the potential locations. Make several trips is possible - ideally at different times of the year.
    • Bounce your thoughts off of people who know you well and who you trust to give impartial advice.
    • Think about how much time it will take to get started in the new career - and to make the money you need to live on and to pay your health insurance and other health related expenses. 
  • Don't rush the decision more than you have to. Take as much time as you need to make a reasoned decision.

For a list of factors to consider about making a change, click here.

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