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?
You feel as though there has been a shift in control, you felt that you were in charge of your career, but now circumstances that you have no influence over are causing the pause button to be pressed and it’s frustrating with a capital F! So how do you regain that power and move out of the victim zone?
This Brene Brown quote is a great starting point ‘You must make a choice, to take a chance, or your life will never change,’ Yes you do have a choice, you can choose to do nothing and stay stuck or you can recognise that while it may not be the best time it doesn’t mean that you can’t take a chance to bring about change in your career. By choosing to take action you are taking back control of your career and not playing the victim. Feeling as though we are moving forward no matter how small some of those steps can be a significant move in regaining control and making work feel more bearable because you know you are doing something about it, there is light at the end.
A successful career change is not a single leap but in fact, many small steps that start to uncover your ideal career that start to give you clarity about what will work for you and confidence that this move is going to be for the better. A career change can easily take 6 months to a year or even longer, are you willing to wait a year before you even start to take action? The actions you need to take don’t involve resigning; they are all activities that provide insight and reduce the risk of making a wrong career move. There are questions which we need to answer. What else do I want to do? What transferrable skills do I have? Do I have to retrain? What else can I do that means I can sustain my current lifestyle? So take a chance and get active explore industries, companies, careers that intrigue, make new acquaintances and get curious about what they do. Notice those conversations where you feel a buzz, you’re hungry to know more, that’s your body’s way of giving you a clue that you are on the right path.
What will stop us from moving forward with our career change is not the state of the economy but our fears, or beliefs that we have chosen to accept (read this blog to get more advice to manage your fears & beliefs). Fears and beliefs are stories that we choose to listen to, they are not facts. A fear will be about something that hasn’t yet happened or of something from the past reoccurring. Fears of being unemployed, fears of not being able to pay the bills are big for many of us when we hear the words recession. Don’t bury your fears but manage them and right-size them. Look at what evidence there is to support the likelihood of it happening and then start to think about what action you will take if they become your reality, look at your essential costs, understand what you need to have coming in to pay the bills and put food on the table, understand what your redundancy entitlements are and consider alternative ways to make money. Taking such action can help to loosen the control these fears hold over us.
The impact of a recession doesn’t impact all industries or careers evenly. Likewise, not all groups of society are impacted the same. For example, our retired population may not have the same negative experience as those of working age, they may have the spare income to continue to enjoy non-essential services and products. Also, consider how the world of work may change due to our learnings from COV-19. Care vocations being held in higher regards and hopefully receiving better pay, a growing mental health industry, opportunities to create a UK manufacturing market for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), more organisations working remotely removing geographical restrictions.
We don’t know what the true impacts to the economy will be, but we do know that we have a choice. You stay put or you can take a chance by taking low-risk actions to identify a career that will change your life for the better.
If you would like to know more about how I can support you through a career change then why not book a free call with me to find out more. - take a chance!
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