What does it take to get of the career hamster wheel?
Are you chasing your tail, paddling like mad while appearing to glide like a swan> Bet this wasn’t listed in your job description as an essential skill? These were all phrases I could have used to describe my last role. I had thrived in my career as a Human Resources (HR) professional but over the years something had changed and my feelings towards the profession had tainted. You could say I had fallen out of love with it. It wasn’t the job or the Company it was me, what I wanted from my life had evolved from when I had first started my career in my early 20’s.
Get heard at your performance review.
Go on be honest how much preparation do you put in for that end of year performance review meeting? Maybe it’s on the way into work that morning, or in the shower – it’s amazing what you can solve while rinsing out the shampoo! Maybe you feel that the process is all a sham and not worth your time because your manager and you don’t see eye to eye and/or won’t give you the performance rating you feel you deserve.
But imagine for a moment that you could influence the performance rating your manager gives you which in turn impacts your annual review, potential bonus, and career opportunities. Wouldn’t it be worth an hour of your time to prepare, don’t you owe yourself that?
And this year it is even more important that you take time to think about what you want and need to get out of this meeting
Why Career Changes Don't Work
Have you tried to take your career in a different direction but ended up back where you were or even made your change but found that it hasn’t resolved the problem? Others around you have managed to move into something else that makes them happier, maybe even started their own business so why can’t you?
Are you ready to get on the career change escalator?
Last week I watched a little girl petrified of climbing onto the escalator, her fear of getting herself caught in the mechanics of the machine swallowing her up was very real to her. She wanted to avoid it but knew that the toy floor was one level higher and filled with many exciting delights.
This made me think of the career change process. Knowing you want to go somewhere else, to reach a new destination filled with wonder and promise, because your current destination is no longer attractive, it’s not offering you want you need and or want. Maybe you’ve tried to make compromises or slight adjustments, even convincing yourself that it will do. But how long is making do acceptable?
5 Questions To Figure Out Your Next Career Move
It can be miserable when you find yourself in a job that is no longer working for you. I know I’ve been there. To everybody else, it may seem as though you are crazy to consider something else, but they aren’t walking in your shoes. However, knowing what else you can do instead that will bring you greater fulfillment and happiness can be the very thing that keeps you stuck. I said it myself ‘until I know what else to do I will stay.’ Finding that clarity takes work and to help you get started here are five questions to start to uncover a career that will work for you.
How can I tell if this career move will be right for me?
This is one of the big questions that has the potential to hold us back in our decision-making process when considering a career opportunity. We want to know that the move is going to make our lives better and that we will flourish in our next career. While we can’t ever have 100% certainty there are several things we can do to help us gain more insight into whether this career move will prove to be the right one.
Am I too old to change careers?
Is there an ideal age? Is there a time when a career change is harder? Are we using our age as an excuse to not take action and to stay stuck? I’ve had clients in their teens, twenties, thirties, forties, fifties and sixties. It may be that it’s more common in certain decades because life events triggering our awareness of levels of satisfaction but a career change is personal and is not always limited to a one-off event.
What’s the career change story you are telling?
Have you been dreaming about resigning and changing careers? I would and when the time came to do it, I was so nervous, I actually ended up crying! Maybe you have even thought about how you would do it, do you tell them the truth or soften the reasoning; “I hate my job” or ”it’s time for a new challenge.” As you let your dream continue maybe you even start to get excited and then BOOM you come to a grinding halt, suddenly all the reasons why you can’t change jobs come pouring out. You need to face reality, this is your life and those dreams are just that.
Why you may have lost your enthusiasm for your job.
Have you lost your enthusiasm for your job? Is it no longer ticking the boxes? Are you berating yourself for making bad career decisions for the position you now find yourself in, stuck in a career that is no longer working for you? Using my own story as an example here is an insight into what may be happening.
7 Signs it's Time to Make a Career Change
Is it a bad patch? Will things get better? Is it just the thought of returning to work after time working from home or being furloughed? We all have times when we struggle to get motivated for work, but how do we tell if it’s more than a blip and that we need to take action?
Your first step to answering the question is to get honest with yourself. How do we really feel and how long have we been having these feelings? Let go of any guilt that may creep in because you have a job, when others around you may not, or to the outside world, it may appear as though you have it all. But burying our head in the sand is not going to resolve the situation, it is not going to help us feel any better. We need to get real with ourselves and acknowledge our feelings and how long we have been feeling like this. A temporary blip is not 6 months