Are you at that point of your life where you can no longer enjoy your career? Are you tired of your job—and feel like you could do so much better in a different field?
Is it due to exhaustion or do you feel like this just isn’t your calling? If you are hesitant about changing your career, I hope this article will help you structure your thoughts.
When you change careers, it’s very important to keep some things in mind.
1. Believe in Yourself
When I decided to change careers, I had the support of very few people. It was a huge struggle to begin my career from scratch, not knowing whether I will have enough money to pay the rent. When you’re making a big decision like this one, you may hesitate for a while.
Dwelling on it isn’t going to help you, though. Everything good in life comes the moment we let go. Don’t try to control the outcome, just do your best and keep on trying.
'Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.' – Albert Einstein Click To Tweet
A lot of people may tell you that you’re crazy for changing careers, but it’s their own fears talking. This has nothing to do with you. Never let anyone else tell you what you can or can’t do. Trust your instincts and find a way to maintain a healthy relationship with yourself.
2. Knowledge Is Power
One of the most important steps you should consider when changing careers is to inform yourself as much as possible. Read articles about your desired new career field, network with other professionals, sign up for an online course to boost your skills or get a certification.
Becoming an expert requires dedication, motivation and constant self-improvement. One of the best ways to feel confident about the choice you’ve made is by enhancing your chances of succeeding.
3. Set an Action Plan
'Vision without execution is just hallucination.' – Henry Ford Click To Tweet The first step for achieving a goal is to have one in the first place. Let’s say that you want to sell your own handmade jewellery line. First, you need to have a vision in mind of what you want to accomplish.
Achieving your goals sounds a bit intimidating at first, but an action plan can help you reduce the stress and focus on one step at a time. If you want to avoid the anxiety and frustration of doing this on your own, let me help you.
4. Know Your Values
Career change can be a bit challenging but if you act according to your values, it’s much more likely for you to succeed. A lot of people who want to switch careers are frustrated by their current job, because they find there’s a huge gap between what they truly cherish and believe in, and what they actually do for living.
You can do this step right now by writing down the top 5 values in your life. If you are unsure about which values to choose, here’s a great list of values you could choose from. Once you’re done with your list, compare your results with the values of your career-to-be. That’s one of the quickest ways to realize whether or not you’re headed in the right direction.
5. Stay Focused on the Big Picture
Realizing that you need a career change is a good start, but you need to be taking constant action to achieve success. It’s not easy, there are going to be a lot of obstacles and sometimes you will probably feel like you aren’t going anywhere. The only difference between people who are successful and those who are not is that the former don’t quit when it gets tough.
Whenever you feel like quitting, remember why you decided to change your career path in the first place. Just keep your eyes focused on the big picture.