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Career Changes Don’t Have to Be Scary as Hell. Here’s How to Deal With Them.

‘I want to change my career’, I hear many of my clients say as we begin the coaching relationship. ‘Great! Get ready to feel uncomfortable’, is how I respond. But can we really expect any change in our lives to feel comfortable? With a change of career, moving towards another job, we have many things to consider. What will our new colleagues be like? What will my new roles and responsibilities be? What way will I fit into the new team?

Man stress burnout

There will be new things to learn in terms of acquiring new skills, behaviours, and habits. Like someone attempting to lose weight, a new set of habits need to be consistently maintained and a new regime of food intake. The result is hard-won but worth it in the end. That’s probably why you want to leave your current role? You have maybe plateaued in your current role or recently lost a job and now you are at your wit’s end and want to try something new and face a new challenge. The comfort zone has become suffocating.

With that commitment to facing the discomfort, you are ready to start looking but you don’t exactly know the kind of challenge that you want to face in your next role. You know you don’t want to continue in that hellish job you recently quit or are still suffering in silence in the corner trying to put on a brave face each day. Maybe you feel powerless to be able to do anything about your situation and feel like you are destined to remain in that role or position forever?

For so many, looking or even considering a change of career causes a massive amount of overwhelm and many avoid opening that book because of the belief that opening that can of worms could cause havoc in other areas of their lives. Maybe you have never had another role and have thoughts of whether the interview process would be something that you wouldn’t want to experience again? Maybe even looking at updating your CV make you feel stressed out.

I get it! I left an incredibly secure government job to entertain the crazy idea of attending to the burning desire in my heart to help people achieve their greatest vision of themselves in their futures. I totally understand the doubt, resistance and overwhelm involved in considering a change. I had done that job for over ten years when I started to really consider a change and it took me five more years to actually make the move. In the interim, I educated myself and got my skills to a place where I am now able to deliver value to my clients.

It is always wise to upskill but if you are really starting to consider a change in career, you should maybe begin to start adding new skills to your repertoire which will add to your employment market value.

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What questions should you be asking yourself if you are beginning to listen to that voice in your mind which has a burning yearning to change and accept a new career challenge?

  1. What line of work will you enjoy?
  2. Will the new role/sector financially sustain your lifestyle and needs?
  3. What skills do you need to acquire to meet the requirement in the job spec?
  4. If I don’t have the experience, will employers give me a chance and what can I do to get experience (volunteering or leveraging my network for ‘free’ experience)
  5. If it will require time to upskill, what time frame is it possible to complete the transition?

Many people fail to even consider these questions as it can be anxiety-provoking to even entertain the possibility that they can do another role or they can’t currently envisage themselves doing anything other than what they have been doing. This is a sign of a fixed mindset which can be a limiting way to perceive your future. Human beings are capable of growth and with the right strategy, we can achieve the greatness that sings to our heart song. A little bit of courage is all it takes to start thinking and exploring your potential

A question to ask yourself if you are unhappy in your current role is ‘If you don’t do anything now, what does your future look like?’ If your discomfort is at a place where you are ready to make the leap towards transitioning and you need help with the direction to go in, get in touch (rob@robduffy4coach.com) and we can explore your options and I would love to help you see the massive potential for your life that you have in your hands!



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