You’ve had it, that end of year performance review really did not recognise your contribution, that salary increase was pathetic… do they think you work for the love of it? They just keep throwing more and more at you and nothing seems to drop off the list of responsibilities. It's same the old thing, do more with fewer people and resources.

You’re considering your options and the time is now, you have had enough, surely there has to be something out there. I’m here to tell you that there absolutely is and to give you a head start by sharing some common career journey mistakes that I and numerous of my clients made before coming to see me.

Here are my top 5 things to be aware of if you want to fast track your career transition.

1.  You need to act on your thoughts. Have you found yourself dreaming about other jobs you can do, waiting for that lightbulb moment to hit? I would find myself in the shower, in bed, traveling to and from work desperately wracking my brains thinking what could I do and then I realized that I had to start to explore some of these thoughts as thinking was not enough.

Thinking alone will give you a certain degree of clarity as you work out your likes and dislikes your strengths and your development areas. However, taking action will help you firm up your thoughts and provide new ideas, opportunities and people which will uncover potential career fits that you hadn’t even considered.  Avoid getting stuck in the trap of I need to figure it all out before I start testing potential options.  I don't mean resign from your job, but do look for ways to get involved and meet people in areas that are of interest.

2.  Understand if you need to change careers and not just Companies. In your desperation to escape you’ve started to apply for similar jobs in different companies, however, will this really be the answer, often the problems are much bigger than this? In this blog, I share some useful tools to help you understand if moving companies is enough. If fundamentally the job stays the same then moving to another company but essentially doing the same work will be a temporary solution, you will just be putting a plaster over the wound.  Be honest with yourself and identify are the problems, the things you dislike about the job unique to your current organisation

3.  Don’t be a victim and wait for a job to find you. This is your career don’t let other people take control of it or shape it. Don’t allow yourself to become the victim, instead find your voice. Start to talk to people about what they do and how they got into their job. I stayed with my last company for 10 years, waiting for new opportunities, temporary placements to come up and present new challenges, but I realised this was only a temporary fix and wasn’t really solving the bigger problem.  Don't wait for a job to find you, go out and find the right job and take control of what your future looks like.

Maybe you actually really like the company you work for but the role is no longer fulfilling you. If this sound like you then consider what other areas of the business intrigue you. Find approachable people in those team and ask them about their roles. If you wait for opportunities to come to you, you a) could be waiting a long time and b) may find yourself moving into a role that you know in your heart is not the answer and c) are continuing that cycle of dissatisfaction.

4.  I'm not qualified to do anything else. When we start to contemplate new career options it’s easy for that inner voice to creep in and tell you all the reasons why you can’t do something and to make assumptions about roles without investigating further and understanding the facts. With today’s modern technology there are lots of flexible opportunities to learn new skills and gain qualifications. Start to explore what you need to make that transition and understand if there are other options to get into your area of interest without them. You will be surprised what you can find.

During my own career journey, I have retrained in two different areas.  I was able to study remotely and during my free time so that I could get the qualifications and build the confidence that I needed.

5.  I need to update my CV. Yes at some point you may need to do this, but if you are considering taking your career in a different direction, then you need to figure this step out first. When moving in a different direction you will need to present your past experience in a different way to highlight your transferable skills so you can show your interviewer that you are a good match for the role. If you keep presenting your CV in the same way you run the risk of being recruited for the same type of role. You need to open your interviewer’s eyes and show them how you would be a great asset.  Your past career will have given you lost of tools and experiences and sometimes others (interviewers) can’t necessarily see how they are relevant unless you clearly show it.

Do you need help saying goodbye to that unfulfilling job and hello to something new then why not get in touch and see how I can help you or follow me on Facebook to get more insight into how you can make that transition and live and work the life you want.