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Keep your day job. No matter how frustrated you are with your current work or company, let it pay the bills while you determine what to do next. Think about your current work not as an end in itself, but as a way to support yourself financially while you determine how to shift into a new career when the timing is best for you. Successful career changers often “test” their way into a new field by making small, incremental changes. You can volunteer in a new industry or field, take on a project as a favor to a colleague, or complete some freelance work to learn more about yourself and the kind of work that really matters to you.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|