19 Aug Changing Jobs Doesn’t Have to Be Scary as Hell.
‘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? Changing jobs, and moving towards another job, we have many things to consider. What will our new colleagues be like? My new roles and responsibilities, what will they be? In what way will I fit into the new team?
So Many Unknowns When Changing Jobs
There will be new things to learn in terms of acquiring new skills, behaviors, and habits. Like someone attempting to lose weight, a new set of habits need to be consistently maintained. Along with 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. Maybe you’ve plateaued in your current role or recently lost a job. 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. Maybe 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. Perhaps you’re 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 forever.
Changing Jobs Doesn’t Have to Be Stressful
For so many, looking for or even considering career changes cause a massive amount of overwhelming. Many avoid dealing with it 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 about 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! In 2013 left an incredibly secure government job to entertain the crazy idea of attending to my burning desire to help people achieve the greatest version of themselves in their futures. I totally understand the doubt, resistance and overwhelm involved in considering a change. I’d worked 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.
Use Your Imagination
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 be changing jobs?
- What line of work will you enjoy?
- Will the new role/sector financially sustain your lifestyle and needs?
- What skills do you need to acquire to meet the requirement in the job spec?
- 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)
- If it will require time to upskill, what time frame is it possible to complete the transition?
Open Your Mind
Many people fail to even consider these questions. It can be anxiety-provoking to even entertain the possibility that they can do another role. Many people can’t currently envisage themselves doing anything other than what they have been doing. This is an indicator of a fixed mindset which can be a limiting way to perceive your future. Human beings are capable of incredible growth. With the right strategy, we can achieve the greatness that sings our heart’s song. A little bit of courage is all it takes to start thinking and exploring your potential
Here’s a question to ask yourself if you are unhappy in your current role. ‘If you don’t do anything now, what does your future look like?’
If your discomfort is at the place where you are ready to make the leap towards a career change and you want help with the direction to go in, get in touch with me. 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!
I am a Freedom Coach and Mentor – I help freedom-loving people in early/mid-career create a Successful Mindset. If you would like to explore some of these themes and move towards achieving more freedom this year, let’s connect and set up a call.
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