12 Nov 2019
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking.” - Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was right –work will take up a great deal of your life so it’s vital to do something you really enjoy. If you’re thinking of making a career change it’s important to take a step back and evaluate yourself and your situation. Our three-step guide may offer you some inspiration:
STEP 1: Evaluate your strengths and current situation honestly
Assess your own abilities: Do you have a clear understanding of your strengths and weaknesses? Ask someone you trust for their feedback, or maybe try a psychometric test. Once you’re clear, think through whether your current job role is really a good fit for you
Assess your situation: Is it the industry you’re in that you dislike, or is it the organisation you’re working for that’s the issue? Drill down a little further. Is it the company-wide culture, one of your managers, or an unmanageable workload that’s the real problem?
Use what you learn to make your decision: This process should allow you to separate yourself from the circumstances of your current workplace. You may decide you’re in the right career but need to move to a different company. Or you may conclude you’re on the wrong career path.
If it’s the latter, then move on to Step 2….
STEP 2: Face your personal mental challenges
Fear: It’s something we face us whenever we look at making significant life changes but it’s not a sustainable mindset. Tackle it by listing your fears and addressing them logically one by one.
Stage of life: If you’re older, don’t worry! Remember you bring both the benefit of your experience and a substantial track record or portfolio that shows off your skills – so use them to your advantage.
Analysis paralysis: It’s hard to move forward without shifting your experience. To overcome this challenge, give your brain new data, ideas, conversations and real-life experiences to work with. If you’ve faced your challenges it’s time to move on to Step 3, which is all about progressing from paralysis to action…
STEP 3: Change your thoughts by changing your behaviour
Talk to new people: Approach people working in areas of interest and see if they’re prepared to share some tips. Don’t be shy–people are often more than happy to share what they know.
Take on new challenges: Now’s the time to experiment with new options in your spare time. Try a part-time course or find a way to shadow someone in a job you think sounds fascinating.
Start a side hustle: Online resources abound to help you start your own side project. Starting your own gig can give a great feeling of progress - and who knows? It could become your full-time job!
In summary, the key is to accept you’re in a process of change and that it may well take time to find your path. A final quote on this theme may help you keep your focus on your career change mission:
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” - Abraham Lincoln