A. Do You Want To Move From Stuck to Successful?
Over 70% of fully employed people are looking for a new job. (According to Statistics).
Many of them are unhappy and want to change their career but lack the confidence and the know how to actually start.
Whatever the economic situation there are always opportunities to leave your current job and start again in a new industry.
Taking off in a new direction does not have to be daunting and you may find it much easier than you think to begin a new career path.
Seeking a better career after returning to work after a break, due to sickness, redundancy or motherhood can also be a great time to take a new path, or enter a new field, and you may not need a master’s degree to take the first step!
Career change is increasingly a normal part of life, as our expectations of work/life balance change along with our desires to be more fulfilled at work.
Similarly a career choice made in our twenties may no longer fit our lifestyle and desires five, or even twenty years later. Career pivots are no longer unusual at all.
Once you have decided on a career switch the next step is creating your career transistion plan, and this does not have to involve long hours spent on your own racking your brains or endlessly searching job ads.
Increasingly those who seek a change in career often work with coaches or career counselors to develop a plan for their career transition.
B. The Easy Way To Change Your Career
A successful career change can involve:
- Asking for a promotion
- Changing companies
- Moving sideways in your current company
- Downsizing and taking a part-time role
- Adding a side hustle
- Setting up your own business
- Learning new skills
- Discovering new career options
Women often underestimate their own abilities, and the biggest challenge could be recognising your own skills.
Running a busy household could be all the experience you need to begin a career in project management, or even managing other people’s homes for them!
- Over half of all mothers change jobs after maternity leave
- One in three mothers do not return to work after childbirth, at least until the children reach school-age although one in four return to work within ten days.
In the current climate of flexible, remote working and changing legal requirements, the process of looking for a job has radically changed. There are many more options and opportunities today than there were even ten years ago.
Home working has rocketed and flexible working allows many families to share parenting duties without sacrificing their careers.
Employers also have their own reasons for offering flexible options, and in 2021, the global pandemic has resulted in a greater acceptance of remote working across all sectors.
C. Overcoming Resistance: But, but, but…
What if you are a teacher? Or work in retail?
Teachers can now work online and teach students all over the world, you can find out more about working as a teacher online very easily.
If you are a retail worker you may want to improve your skillsets and start a new business on your own.
Additionally, the idea of having a passionate “side-hustle”, is much more popular, and you have the option of developing a different professional career whilst working at your current job, whilst you develop new technical and professional skills.
You do not need to give up your old job until you are completely ready, and it is always easier to complete a career transition when you are confident of your new work life taking off.
The good news is that you can continue your professional development online much easier than twenty years ago, and you do not need to make your big career move alone.
- online job boards
- home working opportunities
- consultancy roles
- worldwide freelance roles
- more job-share opportunities
D. SEVEN STEPS TO CAREER CHANGE
1. Avoid Limitations To Your Imagination
Using your unique talents and the skills you acquired when not working in often the key to success when thinking about a new career. Career changers do not necessarily need to undertake a lenghty qualification, or enter business school. Online courses are available for a whole range of alternative career paths, A good idea executed at the right time could be all that you need.
For example, it is not everyone who has the skill to cook healthy meals for a growing family, or to efficiently manage a household budget, or even look after children. Each of these activities and skills could benefit someone else.
It could take some imaginative thinking on your part – but do not feel limited by the job roles you see available.
When considering a career change or new job consider where you could offer your unique skill set, or interests in a new way.
2. Spotting New Opportunities
You may even be able to create your own role – if you can see a gap in the services being offered by an existing company or even in your local economy.
One entrepreneur began by offering a unique service to replace car parts, as he had years of experience as a mechanic, and by offering a “mobile” service where he would travel to the car owner’s home. He immediately had the advantage over his competitors and could charge much less as he did not have the same overheads as running a car garage.
Your new role could involve taking your interests to a professional level. There are many success stories of women who have taken their tarot card reading, craft making or artistic works online and made over 6 figures annually as a consequence.
Returning to the job market after a long absence due to illness can also be challenging, especially if you feel stigmatized by your illness or condition – however it is worthwhile remembering that many people will find returners heroic rather than failures!
3. Finding the Confidence To Make A Big Career Change?
Low self-esteem or low self-confidence can often lead to unsatisfactory decisions which do not provide long term solutions.
Acknowledging your accomplishments and achievements in the past, are a great way of reclaiming your confidence. Finding other people who are at a similar stage is also invaluable.
Symptoms of dissatisfaction that may indicate that it may be time to consider a change of career include:
- Repetitive negative thoughts
- Sadness or depression
If you want to find out more about how you can start tackling your feelings of low confidence and low self-esteem you can begin today with short daily exercises, find out more about how to build your self-confidence.
4. Is Fear Holding You Back?
We can never truly know what is possible unless we pursue it – sounds simple right?
Not if feelings of fear or frustration are so overwhelming that you can’t get off the sofa as soon as you get home, because it feels too hard to try, and too easy just to continue as you are … and continue feeling like you are wasting your best years doing something you no longer enjoy.
However, deep frustration or unhappiness can ultimately lead to chronic health problems and ill health.
Do you want to be another statistic? (I in 4 people in the US over 50 suffer from a chronic health condition!)
Wouldn’t it be such a relief to finally accept that you have had enough of your current situation and really want a complete change, rather than trying to forcefully persuade yourself that you are still happy?
Taking time off work or investing in a coach and developing new skills can often help you make an accurate assessment of where you are in your life.
Only after fully taking stock are we able to envision a better life for ourselves, and set goals appropriate to where you would like to be.
(Financial or Health stress can often distort our vision to the extent that we settle for low paid work which undervalues us, and ultimately leads to depression or ill-health. discover how to figure out your optimal stress level.)
5. Mid-life Career Change – or Itchy Feet Syndrome
You may be completely financially stable in a good role, with supportive colleagues and a great team but still feel that something is lacking in your life.
Perhaps you have a long-held secret desire to do something else? Or you feel that your talents could be better utilised elsewhere?
Whatever the reason behind your impetus to make a career change the methods remain the same.
Although most new careers involve a certain degree of financial investment, so remaining in your current position until you are sure where you are going to next is always the best decision, unless you have savings you can dip into.
6. Make a Skills List Before You Start Looking
The first thing we can do for ourselves is focus on the skills and experiences we have – make a list of those you have acquired in the past and rate them according to the ones you enjoy using the most.
Sometimes we have to reach out and listen to the feedback from family, friends and professionals for a realistic reflection of our skills and perfect job match, BUT we are ultimately responsible for our own situation.
You can also make a list of skills that you would like to learn and talents you would like to develop.
Once you have taken complete responsibility for yourself and your future, you are unstoppable.
Don’t become one of those people who are always saying:
“If only I had got that loan …….”
“If only I hadn’t got sick I would have ….”
Once you stop wasting time and energy on excuses and blaming other people for your situation you will be able to confidently turn away from negative talk and complainers.
If you struggle with these tasks alone, then you may benefit from the expert help of a personal coach. Read this blog to see if you could benefit from a coach.
7. We do not know what we do not know
If you feel stuck on how to move forward – this is completely normal. The answer to your dilemma is something that you do not know – but that doesn’t mean you cannot discover it!
Learning New Things
Learning new things can be fun and challenging, and there are many online and offline resources which are affordable for every budget, if you decide you would like to develop new skills for your big career change.
However, without a clear set of goals it is easy to give up when things don’t go the way you expect them to … and here’s a secret: – they will never go exactly as you expect them to!
They can go even better … or not all!
SO, before you put in your next application for a low-paid job that will drive you insane within a month (and make you awful to live with) take a little time to reflect on what you can and would like to do instead!
Don’t Struggle Alone!
If you would like focused one to one support with your career change, or are thinking about working for yourself – book a call with me today, the first call is free!
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