- a lack of self confidence and self belief
- difficulties clarifying personal strengths and transferable skills
- a dislike of self-marketing and self promotion
- a lack of clarity about personal uniqueness and
- making the wrong decision is what holds most people back from implementing a pro-active career change strategy.
Rachel Brushfield, Entrepreneur of http://www.careerstrategies.co.uk/ believes that people are really good at stopping themselves from doing what they really want! Changing a career can feel overwhelming and daunting, especially the more (commitments and) responsibilities you have, but fear is natural and can be overcome.
Rachel says that the key(to success) is to know your fears and work out how to tackle them so that you can move forward. The following are 20 common fears about career change that Rachel asks her clients to list in order of concern. Which do you relate to most?
- Not being known – having to re-establish your reputation
- Losing status
- Going to the bottom of the ladder and having to climb up again from the bottom rung
- Not knowing how/where to find out about a new work area
- Convincing employers in new area that have transferable skills
- Losing financial security
- Discomfort at having to get to know people and understand new politics
- Dislike of change and uncertainty
- Discomfort from being out of comfort zone
- Not having a buddy to chat/lunch/gossip with
- Stress of having to get up to speed with a new computer system
- Actual/perceived pressure of having to prove worth/higher salary/promotion
- Being liked/feeling good enough in a new environment
- Worry about making the wrong decision and regretting moving
- Risking joining a company which might make you redundant, losing redundancy rights built up over a number of years’ employment
- Being overqualified
- Being under qualified
- Experiencing ageism
- Worry that there will be a stigma about being unemployed/being made redundant
- Having to market yourself.
Sometimes a change of job within a career field is not enough; nothing short of a move to an entirely new occupation or industry will do.
The need to make big changes like this can come from inside you, or can be imposed by outside circumstances or events.
Everybody likes to feel safe, but you also have to live in the real world, and recognise that change can be as much an opportunity as a threat. Because of the way the working world operates these days, it’s important not to be afraid when a career change announces itself. There’s no point trying to hang onto a job that no one can use any more. It’s not healthy to stay in a job where you’re stagnating, or your talents are going to waste. There’ll be times in your life when you need to review your situation and think about possible career change. Unpaid work, possibilities for learning, the kind of lifestyle you want and your changing roles within your family—any of these things can trigger career change, and you should consider all of them when you’re thinking of reinventing yourself. You can’t always tell when a change of career is coming, but sometimes there are clear signs. How do you know when you need a change?
You may need to consider making changes if you regularly feel:
These feelings can be due to dissatisfaction with:
What should you do when you know change is coming?When you’re working up to a career change, all areas of your life are affected. Be careful, don’t rush any decisions and try to keep your anxieties to a manageable level. Try to take as much time as you need to:
- identify the area of your life that’s making you feel dissatisfied
- consider how any kind of change will affect other aspects of your life
- work out exactly what needs changing
- explore all the possible changes you might make to improve the situation
- identify constraints on the changes you can make
- deal with your own fears of, or resistance to, change.
1. Is there really a problem with your career?
In order to answer the big question, ask yourself several other questions to help decide whether you’re ready to leave your current career:
- Is my career making me happy?
- Am I fulfilled in my career?
- Is this my career because I enjoy it or because of the praise/ money/peer pressure /etc.?
- Is my career stopping me from doing things I enjoy outside of work?
- What’s my personal definition of future success in this career?
- Am I confident of achieving my definition of future success in this career?
Consider whether or not you’re willing to learn new skills. Chances are if you commit to changing careers you will need to learn new skills appropriate to your career choice.
3. Can you afford it?
It’d be nice if we didn’t have to consider money when thinking about work options but unfortunately some of us do! Take into account where you stand financially when considering a career change, but don’t stay with your current career just for the money if the work itself is making you unhappy. No amount of money equates to happiness.
4. Maybe your job search skills just need help
If you’re currently out of work, don’t jump to the conclusion that you need a career change just because you’re not finding any work within your current field. Re-assess your job search instead: Review your CV to see if it’s relevant enough to the roles you’re applying for. Practice your interview technique with a friend. Connect with your network to find out about unadvertised jobs.
5. Take an honest look back
Of course, being out of work may be just the motivation you need to make a career change, if it genuinely would be the right move for you. Even if you don’t currently have a job you can still assess how happy you are in your current career area by asking yourself the above questions about your previous positions.
6. Follow your talent and passion
Think about what career you’d like to change to by considering what you’re good at and what you’re passionate about.
7. What about you impresses others
How do you define your talents and passions? Start right back from your childhood. What did people praise you for? What did you end up spending most of your spare time doing? Make a list and continue recalling your strengths and hobbies all the way through to the present day.
Consider not only the content of your ideal career but also the structure of it e.g. work out if you’d like to switch from full-time to part-time, or vice-versa.
9. Know your redlines
Get clear not only on what you want to do, but also on what you don’t want to do. What are you willing to negotiate over and what are you not?
10. Focus on one new direction only
By the way, if you think trying to pursue several career options at once is a good idea, it isn’t. The ‘scattergun’ approach will probably result in missing all the targets. If you focus on one career, one target- you’re more likely to get what you want.
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