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 the toy floor one level higher was 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 but not knowing how to make the transition. Maybe you’ve tried to make compromises or slight adjustments, even convincing yourself that it will do. Tolerating a career can impact us in so many ways, emotionally, physically, our relationships with ourselves and others. How long can you sustain feeling like this before the impact becomes too much? How long is making do acceptable?
Once you have made the decision to start to explore new options you may feel an initial excitement as you start to consider what awaits your next chapter or at the top of the escalator. But getting there can be overwhelming our fears and concerns can hit us just like the little girl and her escalator. What if I make a mistake? What if I can’t find anything that I will enjoy or be good at? Can I really do something I want and make enough money? But then other people have done it (I challenge you to think of people) so why can’t I? And then another wave of doubt hits you, but how do I make it happen? Where do I start? Knowing you want to go is one thing, figuring out what and how can seem overwhelming and has the potential to keep us stuck.
Feeling overwhelmed about a career change tends to be caused by one or both of the following:
- Not knowing what to do as an alternative and how to figure it out
- Not knowing how to make the transition
The process of a career change itself can require new knowledge and skills that we often don't have.
In life when we decide we want to do something new but we don't know how we can try and figure it out by ourselves and watch YouTube videos and Google for help or we can engage an expert. Our decision on the approach we take will depend on how much we want something, how easy we perceive it to be to learn those new skills, our budget and the value in achieving our goals. When we want something enough but obtaining the skills seems to difficult we turn to experts. Think about building an extension to your house. Yes, you could learn how to do it all yourself, but let’s face it the majority of us would engage the services of a builder and architect. We have a choice we can try and gain the knowledge and teach the skills ourselves or we can engage an expert to streamline the process and show us the way. You don't have to do this alone.
The little girl was finally coaxed on to the escalator by her parents, with one standing facing her going up backwards and the other by her side holding her hand. Her parents showing her the way, demonstrating their experience and confidence by going up backwards. This is exactly how I can help you and have been with my clients. I can go up the escalator backwards showing you the way and what you need to know and identify for yourself in order to reach a happier destination in your career. Alternatively, if you just need a push in the right direction then I have lots of free resources including my recorded webinar where in an hour I give you a high-level overview of the process and the pitfalls to avoid.
But if you don't want to go it alone, or feel you need a more structured framework then consider joining me starting October 14 on the Virtual Kick Start Your Career Change Mastermind. We will create a small intimate working group, no more than 6 people who will join as we come together alternate Wednesdays.
In each session, there will be discussion and assignments for you to work on in your own time and at your own speed. In between these sessions you will have my support and your fellow career changers to help you with questions, to deal with the emotional rollercoaster and to celebrate your successes.
Through these sessions and by completing the assignments you will start to get discover:
- what you want your future to look like and what this means for your career;
- what skills, interest, people and environment suit you best;
- we will explore practical issues in terms of earnings, location, working hours and flexibility.
Armed with this information and your toolkit you will be ready to focus in and take a deeper look at careers that you have identified as potential matches.
We will then progress to the testing and validating phase where you will learn how to take the risk out of your career change. You will learn how to test potential careers that you have identified without leaving your current job. You will receive an assessment tool which will help you get clear and confident about what will work and equally as important, what won't.
We can be our own biggest obstacle in a career change. We allow our inner critic to take over, we make assumptions and tell ourselves stories. As with any change, it can be emotional. Together we start to shine a light on what is really going on and I will share tools on how to manage the negative moments and to build your resilience and self-belief.
AT THE END OF OUR FOUR MONTHS YOU WILL:
- Know what you need to find in your next career to be happy;
- Know how to identify potential careers which will support the life you want;
- Have tools to help you test out these career options and know-how to assess them;
- Have a deeper understanding of how to manage your fears and beliefs with practical techniques to put them in place;
- Have the confidence and clarity to make your next move.
YOU WILL FEEL EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE AND WILL BE PUTTING YOUR PLANS INTO ACTION.
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- How to plan a career change in a recession
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- Thinking of a career change, 5 pitfalls to avoid.