How to approach a career change whilst still working?

I've been working in IT for the last 5 years in various roles but mainly in Product/Delivery. Previously I worked in HR and studied Psychology and Cultural Management.

Although I am good at what I do, tech is not my passion and I've been thinking about a change for years. First I changed roles/organisation but it hasn't worked, I still want something different.

What I think I want is to become a psychotherapist, and have done some research and volunteering around it. I like it a lot, but I am still not sure it's my ideal job, and would like to take some time to properly research career options, rather than playing it all on this card. Making a move from well-paid IT expert to something completely different is scary, and I want to be sure it's for me.

My dilemma is what to do next:

Option 1 (lower risk): I've been offered a new IT role, very similar to what I know well, but with the option to work part-time. This would give me a day/week to research my career change. In the past I found that it's quite hard to keep an intense full-time job and explore other things on the side.

Option 2 (higher risk): I could take a career break for a few months to fully focus on career change options. This could lead to entry-level in the field I end up choosing, or I might need to go back to IT to fund my studying for a career change (therapy training usually takes 4-5 years part-time).

Sorry for the long post, I'd really appreciate some advice.


Hi, Thanks for sharing your situation on here. I think both options are equally valid and possible. It all depends on your tolerance for risk and savings/backup options. If you choose Option 1 - I would take the part-time option here so you can have time to research options, take more time away from being in the tech industry, do informational interview, volunteer, etc.Option 2 sounds great as well - Evaluate how much savings you need to carry you through the few months. If you are comfortable taking the time off and a potential plan to re-enage in professional work after a few months.Personally, I have found that a full break is the best way to really understand your values and career direction. Hope this helps. Happy to continue the conversation thru DM.
@Lang156 These are great questions. Feel free to DM me if you're still grappling with these issues.Warm Regards,EkuaHead Cheerleader for Career Magic
Many women end up in a career change cycle (similar to what you're experiencing) until they really figure out what fulfills them. Looks like you are on your way to getting clear on this but might need some time. You may not need a full break from working to figure this out, but jumping into a new IT role might night be the answer (you'll likely find yourself back on that dreaded hampster wheel here soon).I think you could benefit from working with a career coach to help you navigate the transition so it doesn't feel overwhelming. Feel free to reach out to me and we can chat about what that looks like if you think that could be an option for you. [email protected]