You know you want to change career because what you’re doing right now just isn’t you. It doesn’t feel right, it doesn’t excite you and, to be honest, you actually hate it. But when you think about changing career you’re hit by a complete blank – you just don’t know what your next career looks like. And that can feel kind of scary.
So what to do?
Fear can lead to paralysis which in turn can leave you stuck where you are for longer than you want to be. Take a deep breath and start breaking things down into what you can do to move forward. ‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a small step’ (Lao Tzu).
Follow your Instincts
You know in your heart what is right for you. Your instinct is a really good barometer of whether you are on the right path or not. Let your instinct guide you on what you know brings out the best in you and allows you to thrive. Check out my blog on decision making to really understand the power of your intuition.
Find your (support) Tribe
Don’t be lonely on your career change journey – you’re going to need all the help you can get. Look out for trusted people who can take on the following roles:
- your sounding board
- your cheerleader
- your networking buddy
Also scan your tribe for contacts to talk to as part of your research.
Become a Detective
Trying to work out your next career will mean looking for clues from your home and working life about what you enjoy and what interests you. Start doing forensic research on areas that draw your curiosity. Look for themes -think about what books, magazines you enjoy reading, what TV programmes or film genres you’re attracted by, consider whose job you envy or ask other people what they see you doing.
Try out some things in your spare time by volunteering, or at work by shadowing someone or taking on a piece of work you haven’t done before. Be open to possibility – take on an interim or contract role in a different sector of company and notice what you like and don’t like.
Don’t worry about being at a career crossroads without a map, just enjoy exploring and identifying what you need and want from a career. Your final destination will emerge as you learn more about yourself. If you need some objective help to get there do get in touch for a free no obligation clarity call.