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Don’t hold yourself back

Is it time to go? Whether the work isn’t challenging or your career feels like it’s stalled, you’re starting to think that it may be time for a career change. But when opportunity knocks, will you be ready?

Your career is entirely in your hands. The decisions you make and the opportunities you choose ultimately shape your career path. When it comes right down to it, you just need to take action to get where you want to go.

Changing careers entails a small element of risk. We’re leaving what we know to plunge into a new challenge.

However, opportunity often presents itself with a narrow window. If you hold yourself back and take the safe route, you may spend a lot of time wondering why in the future.

A fresh start can also entail hard decisions. Even if you’re only switching departments, you may leave behind co-workers whom you’ve established great relationships with, or clients that you like to work with.

As selfish as it sounds, though, your career is about you. If your current role won’t help you reach your career goals, it’s best to get a fresh start elsewhere. The decision and responsibility are entirely yours.

Set your sights on the right kinds of opportunities and take the plunge.

Give the job search your full attention.

It’s all in your control — from your cover letter and resume, to the roles you apply for, there are so many possibilities for your career path.

Don’t hold yourself back. Your job search is an investment in your future. Take charge and give it the attention it deserves. Pursue your goals and don’t settle for a role that won’t help you meet them.

Above all, don’t wait to make a decision. Every day that goes by is a day you’re not enjoying your dream job. Know what you want — and act on it.

Julie Tyios is the marketing manager and chief matchmaker at Vestiigo.com, a career destination for young professionals. Contact her at julie@vestiigo.com.

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