7 key steps to making a career change
We spend approximately 50% of our waking hours at work. If you love what you do, the happier you can be with other areas of your life. If your work is getting you down or you find you’re just living to work, you might want to think about trying something different.
Here are a few things to consider if you’d like a career change:
- How happy are you at work? What do you enjoy about your work and if you could, what if anything would you change?
- Do you love what you do? What is your passion and what motivates you? Do you know your core values and does your work allow you to live them? Use these to guide you in your work and in life and you’ll be happier.
- What are you good at? What skills and abilities do you have – either something you use on a daily basis or something you don’t get a chance to use?
- Where do you want to go? Are you looking for promotion, salary increase or a complete change?
- Work with a coach or mentor. Find someone you respect, who’s where you want to be or done what you want to do and ask if they’ll be your mentor or give you advice and support.
- Keep your CV up-to-date. Be ready to take advantage of any opportunity that might present itself if you’re looking to change jobs. Get out and about, start networking and find those opportunities. If you want a change, you need to make it happen. Opportunities will present themselves if you’re open to them. Many professionals will find new career opportunities through talking to people they know.
- Take control of your own career. Where do you want to be a year, three years from now? There is always something you can do to change and grow your career. If something’s not working, don’t be afraid to change it.
- Jump! Sometimes it takes courage to make a move – either to a new job or to do something completely different. However, the longer you stay in your comfort zone, the harder it is to make a change.
– How could you make your work more enjoyable or interesting?
– Could you improve the relationships with the people you work with?
– Could you do the same thing but for a different firm?
Where could you make improvements to your current situation? Training for the job or getting additional qualifications could improve your job satisfaction, your prospects and enable you to take on a new role.
Sometimes you have to start at the bottom in order to get where you want to be in a few years time. Have your goal in mind so you don’t lose sight of what you’re doing and more importantly why!
What training is available to enable you to pursue an entirely different career? Many people start up their own business in order to find work they really enjoy.
Work with a coach to challenge yourself, give you a new perspective and help clarify your goals.
Spend some time thinking about what you want from your career. What does it mean to you and how important is your work to your life? What are you good at and what type of work do you enjoy?
The security of your existing job may stop you from doing something you really want. You won’t know until you try. Make plans to ease the transition.
If you’d like support, motivation and ideas to help you make a career change then call me to see if coaching could help you make that change and get you a job you really enjoy.
Adam Galinsky, the Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Business Management at Columbia Business School, who conducted the study, discovered that Military Leaders, CEOs and Politicians who were better at seeing another person’s point of view, generally had better results with employee engagement and in resolving issues.