Having made a MAJOR career change myself I understand the rollercoaster of emotions you may experience… But there a few key things that may provide you with a sense of security before you take the plunge and make the transition:-
1) You have a special gift
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I truly believe that every single one of us has been gifted a unique talent or ability to do a certain thing. The great part is that you have it too (whether you know it or not) .. But the best part is that it’s usually something that you enjoy doing… (which helps as you’ll be spending hours doing it!)
So if you’re thinking about a career change because you’re unhappy in your current career -but you don’t know what you want to do… I would suggest you think about your strengths and things you have an enjoyment or natural interest in. Just think about it…. you could be one step away from being the best ice hockey player in the world (for example) but could go the rest of your life without finding out.
2) You should like what you do
Have you ever been to your local shop or restaurant and wondered why the familiar face serving you is moody every time you see them…. Ok we all have bad days but you go in there regularly and they seem to be like that every single time!!
Let me explain… this person is probably HATING their job and because they spend so much time there they end up resenting everything and everyone associated with it, so much so that the resentment starts to SUCK THE LIFE OUT OF THEM!!
A little dramatic I admit but it’s the truth – I’ve been there! But the real truth (that most of us don’t like to hear) is in this quote…
‘If you don’t like where you are, MOVE. YOU ARE NOT A TREE’
3) There is a season for everything
Perhaps you no longer find your current career role satisfying? Perhaps you no longer feel its for you or you have ‘grown out of it’ or perhaps the role/career itself has changed? Perhaps it was only ever meant to be a ‘gap fill’?
Either way its important to remember that nothing remains the same forever and maybe this ‘season’ in your life has simply come to an end – no biggy! Once you can accept that fact hopefully the thought of beginning a new season shouldn’t be so daunting… it’s the natural progression of life.
4) You need faith
This isn’t about being religious … but you will need to have faith in the fact that whatever does happen will work out for the greater good in the end. Life is a journey and even the ‘wrong turns’ we may take happen for a reason. It’s important to have trust in the process.
5) Be willing to learn
As the saying goes ‘If you’re not growing you’re dying’ So whether you like it or not some type of a commitment to personal growth and improvement is a must or you will automatically get stuck in a neutral/current state. And staying ‘stuck’ for too long can actually result in rolling backwards.
Even the ‘mistakes’ we make are still a forward movement of some kind. There’ll be lessons to be learned and adjustments to be made.
It’s called living life – Enjoy your journey!