It is a complete myth that you’re only supposed to have one career path. Whilst many of us will find a career path that we stick with forever, for others, we reach a point where we’re no longer inspired or passionate and look for something new. But making the transition into a new career isn’t an easy one. Just reaching the decision to make a change is hard enough, without even getting to the point of finding out what it is you want to do.
Regardless of your level of experience or your age, the beauty of the time that we live in is that you really can pursue any career you want. Feeling stuck in a career is really common, but you can avoid the feelings of being burnt out and lacking motivation by finding a new career that you’re actually passionate for. If you want to pursue a new career in something that’s actually important to you, read on for our tips and advice to get moving in a new direction.
Putting in the time and effort to find people who are in the position you’d like to be in shows immense initiative and will stand you in good stead when it comes to interviews. Attend events, speak to old colleagues and make good use of LinkedIn to learn more about industries you’d like to be a part of.
Changing careers is no easy feat. It’s going to take dozens of hours, if not more to find out what you might like to do and go about reaching that point. Be prepared to sacrifice evenings and weekends for a while. It’ll be worth it in the end when you end up in a career you’re more interested in.
That little voice inside our head is always going to say we can’t do it. It’s human instinct to try and remain in familiar and comfortable surroundings. Going out of your way to find something new, challenging and exciting is going to get that voice in head talking a little louder; it’s your job to completely ignore it. Focus on the reasons that you want a career change and don’t worry about the underlying negativity you might be thinking about.
Who knew pen and paper could be so influential in changing careers? It’s going to take time to complete, but doing what is known as ‘vision work’ will allow you to think deeply and more critically about what it is you want out of your career. It can be difficult to explain to others, let alone ourselves why we want a career change. Writing down 7-10 sentences describing where you want to be in an ideal world will get you started with effective career planning.
After taking the time to research and network, you should have a pretty good idea about what skills and experience are required to pursue this new career. Either you’ll have the required skills, or be lacking in areas. There is opportunity everywhere to up skill. You can a class at a local college, read into the subject, or try out the array of online courses. If you’re looking for somewhere to get started with learning online, here’s our list of the best resources to learn new skills.
One of the most common mistakes when it comes to changing careers is chasing money. Until you can prove your worth in a new career, it’s likely you may have to take a slight pay cut in the first instance. But they say if you do a job that you love, you never have to work a day in your life. Think about the balance between having a job you actually enjoy and earning the most money; what’s truly more important?
You’re not going to be able to change careers overnight. Don’t be disheartened if you realise you’re some way off reaching a new career. It will take time, but the effort put into networking, up skilling and the courage it takes to try something new will all be worth it when you’re in a job you enjoy.