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
Is it the Company or a Career Change you need?
Here are 5 easy tests to help you get clear on whether it’s the Company or a Career Change which will bring you a higher level of fulfilment in your work.
How to plan your career change in a recession.
In this blog, we look at how you can make your current situation more bearable while you build your career change plan.
Career Advice - Talking to your boss about your concerns returning to work
Practical career advice on how to talk to your boss regarding your concerns about returning to your place of work.
Could Furlough be the Kick Start to your Career Change?
Fed up with being furloughed? Initially, the concept of receiving 80% of your salary but not having to work can seem alluring. You start to create a list of all the things you can finally get round to doing, which then shrinks when you remove the ones that are now restricted due to self-isolation and social distancing requirement.
For some, it may be the first time in your career you have ever take time out other than your annual holidays. But as time goes on it can become very unsettling, with a promise of a review of lockdown but no end date or what restrictions may start to be lifted the anxiety of the unknown continues to challenge our emotional status. Some days we feel motivated to take action and other days all we want to do is curl up on the sofa, stay in our PJs, eat and watch TV all day.
Planning a career change in a recession are you mad?
Was 2020 going to be the year you finally escaped your miserable job, but now with forecasting of shrinkage in the global economy due to COV-19, you start to question your chances. With organisations implementing hiring freezes and more people facing redundancy, shouldn’t you just be grateful that you have a job? However, you feel more trapped than ever in a job that no longer works for you, which no longer meets your needs and you are trying to convince yourself and everyone else that you’re fine. You feel claustrophobic, the walls feel as though they are moving in, the lights are dimmed and a mild panic rises in from your gut. How will you ever find your way out?
All change! Aboard the emotional roller-coaster.
Crickey! What can I say, these last few weeks my emotions have been all over the place, crying at the amazing stories of goodwill and community spirit, when it’s time to clap for the NHS on a Thursday night or seeing an old couple walk hand in hand around the supermarket as they face together the uncertainties of when they will next be able to do what seems an ordinary task.
But then there have been moments of resilience, my fighting spirit coming forth as I am determined not to let the virus impact my business. I’ve found my creative genes as I think of new ways to stay connected with those I love and keep them entertained and opportunities to pivot my business in different directions.
It has only really been today though that I’ve started to realise that I am riding my own change curve.