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If money isn’t an issue, I would quit my job and become a…..” – if this is you, then it’s time to switch things up and make a career change! But before you make that big leap, it's important to have a solid financial plan in place. 


From budgeting to saving, and finding additional income sources, we'll make sure you're financially stable during this exciting time. So pack your bags because we're setting sail for your new career with financial stability in mind.

But First, Discover What Your New Job Pays

Switching careers can be a daunting decision, especially when it involves leaving a stable job with a steady income.


For instance, if you are working as a corporate employee in a large multinational company (MNC) you may enjoy stability in your career. However, if you decided to pursue a career as a data analyst or a programmer in a young FinTech company, or even start your own company, this transition could mean starting from scratch. Most often, this means the possibility of earning a lower salary and possibly benefits. 


Be mentally prepared by finding out about the typical salary and benefits offered in the field of work you’re interested in before making a career change. This can be done through websites such as Glassdoor, Jobstreet, and LinkedIn, which provide information on salary ranges and company benefits.

Know Your Bills, Debts, and Savings

Assessing your current financial situation is the first step you should take when contemplating a career change. It involves taking an in-depth look at your current income, expenses, debts, and savings.


Just like going for a check-up with a doctor, it will give you a clearer understanding of your overall financial health. This process will help you understand your current financial position and identify any potential challenges or obstacles you may face during your career transition.

Consider the Costs of Your Career Change

Moving to an entirely new career often times involves upskilling or getting certifications that might cost you. Luckily, there are some ways you can save in this area:


  • Look for free courses online. For example, Google, YouTube, Coursera and Harvard all offer free courses for you to explore (only some offer certifications though).
  • Income Tax Relief: You can claim up to RM7,000 in education fees for some degrees and masters programmes.
  • HRDF training programme: Alternatively, you can also recommend courses that are claimable under HRDF to your new employer.



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Set New Financial Goals


Setting financial goals is an important part of preparing for a smooth career change. It helps you to clearly define what you want to achieve financially, and provides a roadmap for how you plan to get there. When setting financial goals, it's important to consider both short-term and long-term goals.

When setting your financial goals, make sure that they are SMART — Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. This will increase your chances of achieving them. Overall, setting financial goals gives you a clear direction and a sense of purpose as you plan for your career change. By setting realistic and achievable goals, you’ll be more focused and motivated to reach your financial objectives.

Create a Budget


Creating a budget is an essential step in preparing for a career change, as it helps you to better manage your finances and stay on track to reach your financial stability goals.


Once you have a clear picture of your current income and expenses, you can anticipate any changes that may occur as a result of your career change.


For example, if you're switching to a lower-paying job, you'll need to adjust your budget accordingly. This includes your emergency funds and other commitments. Similarly, if you switch to a higher-paying job, a budget will help ensure that you don’t spend frivolously on non-essential items.

Seek Professional Advice


Seeking professional advice from a financial planner or advisor is an important step when preparing for a career change. These professionals are trained to help individuals and families plan for their financial future, and can provide valuable guidance and advice when it comes to someone seeking a career change by way of a new job.


When seeking professional advice, a financial planner or advisor will work with you to create a comprehensive financial plan that takes into account your unique situation and goals. They will assess your current financial position — including your income, expenses, debts, and savings —and help you identify any potential challenges or obstacles you may face during your career transition.


In conclusion, preparing for a career change can be challenging, but by taking the time to assess your current financial situation, set financial goals, create a budget, consider the costs associated with a career change, and seek professional advice, you can make a smooth financial transition to your dream job.



Remember that it is important to be proactive in your planning, be honest with yourself about your current financial stability, and be mindful of potential challenges that might arise. With a solid plan in place, you can focus on your new career and make sure you're on the path to achieving your financial goals.


It's never too early, or too late, to start planning for your financial future and by taking the right steps, you can ensure a smooth transition to the job of your dreams and still be financially stable. So what are you waiting for? Here’s to your bright and successful future!



This article is for informational purposes only and CIMB does not make any representation and warranty as to the accuracy, completeness and fairness of any information contained in this article. As this article is general in nature, it is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. You are advised to consult a financial advisor or investment professional before making any decisions based on the information contained in this article. CIMB assumes no liability for any consequences arising from your reliance on the information presented here.