A career change can ake a huge difference in your spirits, bank account and outlook on life. But, it is a big process with potential pitfalls and one that should be undertaken with care. Understanding why you need a change, what you will shift your career to and what it will take (i.e. cost) to make the change are all important pieces of the process. Take time to research your targeted new field, talk to current participants to get a feel for its culture and understand the process needed to get a toe hold in the new area.