Now more than ever with the pandemic, it may seem like a crazy time to change careers but sometimes it just needs to happen. You may have had a life change, are experiencing burnout or overwhelming stress, discovered there are no promotional opportunities, or just want to make more money. Whatever the reason, making a change can be stressful and we are here to help you cope with the transition.
There is so much to consider when switching roles and often, it may leave us feeling lost. Making a professional change can feel overwhelming – but it does not have to!
We stumbled across an article from Brazen.com and wanted to highlight some of our personal favorites. (note: we renumbered so below is our Top Five!).
- Get the facts. The best way to minimize uncertainty is to find answers for yourself. The internet is a valuable tool. Use it to read reviews from former employees as well as customers, learn more about the field, watch webinars, and explore anything else you might find relevant. Researching can prepare you for what is to come and what it will be like. Having an understanding of your role and/or company early on will allow you to handle the unexpected later on.
- Avoid getting trapped in the passion puzzle. We understand you are trying to find the perfect career, but that doesn’t mean other roles are incapable of making you happy. Don’t get so caught up in the pursuit of perfection that you forget to count your blessings. Being constantly consumed with “what ifs” will only leave you feeling more unfulfilled. The article cites Cal Newport, author of “Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You,” with this advice: Research shows that the traits that lead people to love their work are general, and can be found in many different career paths. They include things like autonomy, a sense of impact and mastery, creativity, and respect and recognition for your abilities. Once you recognize that these traits have little to do with following a pre-existing passion and can be cultivated in many different fields, you can safely abandon the myth that there’s a single right job waiting for you.
- Practice persistence (in a smart way). We’ve all heard it before – “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” When you’re job hunting, it feels like more closed doors than open ones. The reality of it is that you just haven’t knocked on the right door! The article advises us to “develop the savvy to differentiate between a temporary barrier and an immovable wall.” Know what you’re looking for. Know what you’re capable of. Know that the right opportunity will come if you are persistent.
- Sweat it out. When you’re stressed, working out is often the last thing on your mind when it should be the first. Getting active is a natural mood booster and a great way to blow off steam. Getting your anxious energy out of your mind and into your body will do wonders for your mental health. The best part about it is that it doesn’t have to be strenuous – just get your body moving. Even something like a walk around the neighborhood is enough to leave you feeling relaxed and more focused.
- Build relationships. While you’re searching for a job that makes you happy, don’t forget about the people who make you happy! Having a support system plays a major role in your overall happiness and shouldn’t be overlooked during this transitional time in your life. It’s easy to get a little lost along the way. Strong relationships have the power to shift your mindset in the right direction.
If you’re ready to change careers, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!