How Long Does A Career Change Take?
How long do you think it takes to change career, three months, six months, a year or two? I’ve had clients who have uncovered the direction of their next careers in 8 weeks and others who have made the transition over two years and my own probably was nearer three as it included retraining. It would be too simplistic to answer this question with a specific timeframe as ultimately there is no definitive answer to this question as the journey for each of us is unique, the starting point and the challenges we come across in our transition will vary.
I'm running on empty, but can't say no
‘I simply had no capacity left, overwhelmed with exhaustion being pulled in different directions, I knew something had to give and so I made the call’
Have you always had a history of being a strong performer? It wasn’t initially about career progression but rather being able to do a good job and being recognised for it. However, over time that commitment and ability got noticed and consequently, your level of responsibility and role took an upward trajectory. And at times you’ve even encouraged additional work, hungry for more variety, fresh challenges and new career opportunities.
And as your career grows, your personal life brings with it new experiences and demands, all of which come with their own ‘to do’ list. Getting married, raising a family, having pets, home renovations, looking after elderly family members. The ability to integrate all the different aspects of our life and keep all the plates spinning can become overwhelming and even take us to the verge of burnout.