When was the last time you looked at your life and said, “How in the world did I get here?” A month ago? Last week? This morning? Sometimes you can wonder that in a good way as if you’ve had a great fortune in love, life and work. Other times, it’s not thought of in such a positive light.

When it comes to your career, is it ever too late to ‘go back?’ It depends on each person’s own circumstances but in more cases than not, it can be done. And sometimes it doesn’t even have to be a complete reversal. Maybe a little side trip is all you need.

What were your dreams?

As a child, teenager and young adult, you had your dreams. What were they? Once you take a trip down memory lane, think about why they were your dreams. Did you want lots of money and acclaim? Did you want to try to save the world – one person at a time?

If you’re like a lot of people, what you actually ended up doing for a living is something completely different than what you planned. And that’s okay. Life doesn’t always have to go according to plan. That’s a part of life that makes things interesting.

However, if you want to dip your toes into a new pool, there are ways to do it successfully - without risking what you already have.

Take on a part-time gig

What? Why take a part-time job when you’re already employed with a full-time one? This can be very useful if you think you want to completely change your career path. For example, you can be an accountant during the day but a pharmacist’s assistant at night. (One note: be sure to clear any second jobs with your current employer. Many companies have policies regarding those situations.)

Take some classes or training

If you are curious whether or not you have what it takes to make it big in another career, start studying. Simply take some online classes, read up on necessary qualifications that you would need to earn and find out if it ‘fits you.’ This is a quick way to test the waters before taking the big plunge.

So before you resign yourself to the fact that you’re in a career that you dislike forever, take the time to discover if there’s something better out there for you. It doesn’t have to be risky; take it ultra-slow at first, and if it feels right, continue down the path to a new, more rewarding career.

Author's Bio: 

Recognized as a leading expert in the employment search industry,Heather Eagar is passionate about providing working professionals with up-to-date, reliable and effective career resources and information. Heather has succeeded in creating the Ultimate Job Search Experience for job seekers at http://www.JobsCareersEtc.com