If you are considering changing your career, I have got you covered. Because let’s be honest, starting over in your career is daunting and overwhelming. I know because I’ve done it.
But it doesn’t have to be a hard slog. A career change can be hugely exciting and rewarding. The key is approaching the process with eyes wide open, knowing that you are creating the life you truly want and having a considered strategy to make it happen.
So in this blog, I’ll cover:
- How to know if it’s time for a career change; and
- 5 tips to set yourself up for a successful career transition
So keep reading to find out all you need to know about changing your career.
How to know if it’s time for a career change
Before we delve into the process of a career change, let’s first get clear on whether it’s truly time for a career transition or if you’re just stuck in a rut in your current role.
Ask yourslef the following questions:
- Does my role still excite me?
- Am I fed up with my current role or workplace? Would doing a similar role in a different company or industry excite me?
- Is it time to take the next step in my career? (i.e. seek a promotion or upskill) Or am I excited to try something different and new?
- Am I willing to change my career and forge a new career path?
If you are ready to try something new, keep reading…
5 tips to set yourself up for a successful career transition
There is endless good advice out there on how to change careers, but here are my top 4 tips that have helped me succeed in changing direction.
1. Get clear on what you do and don’t want to do
Committing to changing course is the first decision. The next is to determine what you actually want to do moving forward.
Think big and brainstorm all the ideas that appeal to you. Seek information about the various options and make an informed choice about your new career direction. Also, be clear on what your deal breakers are.
2. Keep your motivation front of mind
Once you’re clear on what you want to do, understanding why it’s important to you is equally important. Because pursing a new direction is about more than just a paycheck.
Once you have clarity on your motivation, keep it front of mind. (Try using a vision board or practice journalling your motivation on a regular basis).
3. Commit to reskilling
Determine what’s required in your desired role and figure out how to reskill, so you have the necessary capabilities to do the job. Create a strategy to reskill and gain the required experience. Plan out the time to make it happen.
For me, this meant completing a diploma and hundreds of hours of ‘practice’ coaching to develop and then hone my skills as a coach.
4. Create an exit plan
Unless you’re Rockerfeller, it’s likely you’ll need to consider your finances during a career change. Be realistic about a potential pay reduction whilst you reskill and establish your new career.
Know what you need financially to survive and plan how you can transition and still be able to pay your bills.
5. Own it!
If you are truly committed to changing your career, you need to own it. Be 100% in.
This means not just doing the work (see point 2), but also sharing your aspirations with others. Stepping into your new identity can be easier said than done. But back yourself and don’t worry about what they may think. After all, it’s your career and your future.
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