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For the third year in a row, Bustle’s Upstart Awards are honoring young women who are doing incredible things in the realms of business, STEM, fashion and beauty, the arts, philanthropy, and beyond. Want to be an Upstarts honoree one day? Read on for career tips, insights, and inspiration to help get you there.

Changing your career isn’t as scary as it sounds. I say this as someone with not one, but two law degrees, who now works as a sex and dating writer. Safe to say, I’ve made some big changes — though maybe not ones my parents are thrilled about. But if what you’re doing isn’t making you happy, then why not change it? That being said, there are definitely some practical issues you should consider before you make the change. So it’s important to be thoughtful as you go about changing your career. But, if you know the risks and can accept them, there are so many ways that you can benefit.

“As long as you have a compelling reason to change your career, there are only pros,”  XCaliber Coaching & Consulting founder and career coach Alex Aberletells Bustle. “Your ability to make a bold move will feel liberating, and there is a chance that the feeling of freedom can inspire you to do even more in your professional and  your personal life.” And I definitely agree.

This is not to say that you should walk up to your boss and shout “I quit!” tomorrow without some viable alternatives. There’s bold, and then there’s just plain silly. So here’s how you know if you really should switch careers, because you have to be prepared to hustle.