Do you wake up feeling refreshed and energized because you can’t wait to start your work for the day? Are you constantly amazed by how committed, passionate, and motivated you feel, thanks to your career choice? If these feelings seem like they only happen to other people, you might be ready for a career shift.
It’s a switch that many people would like to make—in fact, the majority of Americans aren’t pleased with their jobs. A recent survey found that nearly 70 percent of respondents weren’t satisfied with their work, and a whopping 96 percent were open to new opportunities.
If you fall into this group, it’s possible that you’re looking for a thriving industry in which you can bring your energy and creativity together. Health and wellness may be just what you seek. Not only would you be developing a sustainable, meaningful career, but you’d be putting those efforts into a field that’s geared toward growth.
The Global Wellness Institute, a research firm focusing on areas like healthy eating, fitness, and anti-aging efforts, notes that wellness is a $3.7 trillion market. The firm estimates that the industry is on a consistent growth track, of at least 10 percent yearly.
Here are some quick tips on making the shift:
Find Out Why You’re Restless in Your Current Career
Are you stuck in a job without promotion opportunities, or do you feel ambivalent about the industry itself, which means you’d be unhappy at any company whether it has a promotion track or not? Do you feel like you’re helping your organization realize profits, but you’re dissatisfied about not assisting customers with making important changes in their lives?
There are many questions to ask when you’re first exploring a career change, and they can range from your skills to your projections about the future. For more questions to ask, download our Career Change Guide.
Know Your New Field
If health and wellness is where you want to shift your focus, think about what type of job roles interest you the most. The industry has a breadth of directions you can consider: nutrition, fitness class development, consulting, sales, personal training, and much more.
By narrowing down your choices to a smaller slice—for example, concentrating only on fitness training—you’ll find it easier to locate the resources you need to make your career change.
Explore Different Certifications
When you have your choices narrowed down to one or two fields, it’s time to look at your educational options. That’s where a certification program is vital. A certification from an accredited organization gives you the extensive knowledge you need to excel in the field and also assures your clients that you’ve received superior training.
Another advantage to earning a certification is that you can get your education much faster and more affordably than with a four-year college degree. Plus, in a certification program, you’ll be learning only about your new field rather than studying the sometimes non-relevant “foundation” and liberal arts courses that many colleges require.
What are you waiting for? Start by determining whether a career change is right for you, identifying which opportunities you may want to consider, and make a game plan that will change your life.