Whether you’re frustrated with your current workplace, bored of the work, or you simply think that you have gotten everything you’re likely to get out of your current path, a career change can be a bold, but effective move. However, it’s usually not a great idea to jump into a life-changing decision without considering a few doubts or questions you might have. Here are some that are worth thinking about.

Do you need to change careers or just jobs?

Before you make any huge decisions, think about whether it’s really the career that you’re done with, or just the job and workplace that you’re currently in. Take a look at some of the signs of a toxic workplace and, if you can tick many of those boxes, consider that things might be better in a different part of the same industry that you are in. Of course, if you’re looking at industry-wide issues that you can’t reconcile with, or it really is the nature of the work itself that you’re over, then get back to planning that career change.

What kind of work environment are you looking for?

If you’re certain you want a different career entirely, then you might want to think about not just what kind of work interests you, but what kind of work environment you want. You might want to move from remote working to working in an office, or vice-versa. You may well want to find non-office careers that take you entirely away from the cubicle crush and the conference room. Environment makes a big difference.

What skills might you need?

It is possible to make a jump into another career without having to learn any new qualifications. However, if you’re looking to avoid starting at the very bottom again, then some transferable skills, such as IT training, can pay off a great deal. Not only will it help you align better with the work that might be expected of you in your career, but it’s also a good demonstration of your willingness to adapt, learn, and keep growing. That can be a pretty attractive prospect for any potential employers. Just make sure that you research which skills, exactly, are most likely to help in your new work life.

What kind of pay can you expect?

Let’s not beat around the bush. Unlike in a job interview, you shouldn’t pretend that your pay isn’t a huge factor in any career decision you make. After all, we work, in large part, to get paid. As such, be sure to research how much you can expect to get paid in any career, especially as a newcomer to it. Some transferable skills might help you avoid getting a pay bump too high, but you can typically expect it when jumping into a new field of work.

Thinking through your doubts and concerns isn’t a sign that a career change isn’t the right move, it’s simply good preparation to make sure that you’re ready for it. Consider the tips above and what steps you need to take before you make a big career decision.