When people look back at a failed alternative career, most recognize they didn’t do enough research and weren’t realistic enough in assessing the requirements for a successful change:
Start by reviewing and updating the self-assessment exercises pages relative to the alternative career option
you’re thinking of.
Your principal tools in this research are networking and informational interviews with people who are knowledgeable about the alternative you’re thinking about. Reading several books on your chosen alternative can give you added insight, as can chat rooms on the Internet.
Most job hunters, even though they’ve been successful and smart, bring a narrower view than they realize to a decision on a job alternative.
It’s most important that you talk to some people who actually made or tried to make the change you’re contemplating. People who tried and failed are particularly useful because they probably have a more realistic view of the problems you’ll be facing.