If you’ve been playing around with the idea of starting a new career in your mind for the last few weeks, months or even years, then it sounds like you might need a nudge in the right direction. Yes, a new career is a daunting thought, but I can guarantee you there will never be a better time than right now to make a change. I also won’t lie to you, starting a brand-new career as an adult will not be easy – just remember that nothing in life that is truly worth having is ever easy. You will never be as young as you are right now in this very moment, so here are 8 excellent tips to help you make that leap sooner rather than later…
- Identify Your Talents & Skills
This step is crucial in figuring out your next career steps. If you’re smart, you will have more options but that doesn’t mean you don’t need to figure out what exactly it is that makes you shine. We all have things that we are just naturally better at doing than other people. Sadly, for quite a few people that thing isn’t what we do for a living as an adult – life gets in the way and we make sacrifices along the way. Chances are, if you’re looking to make a career change, it’s safe to say your current career isn’t what makes you shine. Make a list of 5 things you excel at in life.
- Be Critical
This is a challenging step, but it is necessary. If you have ever watched any of the singing competitions on TV, you’ll realise why people telling you that you’re amazing even when you’re not is not at all helpful. It is important for you to realise that it’s perfectly okay if you end up discovering that you’re not actually that good at some of the things that you initially thought you were good at. The idea with this step is to whittle down your list of five things to your top 2 or 3 doable options – even if you end up with just 1 option.
- Let Your Options Speak to You
Once you get to this step you will have figured out what it is that you’re truly good at, in other words – what talent/s you’ve truly honed over the last 15 to 20 years. Your next step is to let these options speak to you. Consider them each very carefully, you could end up discovering that you truly do want to change careers totally and focus on civil engineering jobs for example. You could also just want to branch out on your own with your current career, like opening your own consulting service. Figuring out what you want can take anything from a few minutes to a few weeks, the important part is to consider all your options thoroughly.
- Research Your Choice
There are many aspects to factor in when considering a career change. For example, I am entirely capable of being an events planner – this career choice suits my personality, talents and skillset entirely. The only problem is I don’t enjoy it in the slightest. Just because you are good at something doesn’t mean it plays into any kind of career calling. Make sure that you can see yourself enjoying your new path, this will end up making or breaking you further down the line. Go online and research all the aspects of your new career option in great detail. As humans we often get caught up in what our idea of a career is, we romanticize it in our minds and as a result end up being highly disappointed with the reality of it.
- Make Sure Your New Career Path Fits
Your new chosen career needs to fit in with your lifestyle. If you are a single parent, then you aren’t likely to have the luxury of being able to work 18-hour days to get a new business off the ground. You need to make sure that you are also financially able to make this switch. If you have savings tucked away then that’s great, but if you don’t then you need to make sure that you have a workable plan in place to cover your expenses until your new career pays you enough to maintain your current lifestyle.
- Put the Effort In
Once you’ve made up your mind and you know what it is you want to do then do it. The only way this could possibly work is if you put the effort in that a career switch deserves. You cannot just sit back and expect everything else to just magically fall into place for you. If you’re starting a brand-new business, then your primary focus needs to be on generating buzz for that new start-up way before you launch. There is very little that can’t be achieved if you work hard enough and don’t give up.
- Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, or advice, if you need it. Your friends, family and current colleagues will have a wealth of information and advice amongst them. This is a big step for you, you will need the support of your loved ones in order to make it a great success. If you’re married, start an open conversation with your spouse and discuss the fears and reservations that you both have and come up with solution-driven ideas to make this change work for both of you.
- Don’t Be Afraid
60% of all adults have questioned their career choice at one point or another in their lives. Don’t let your fear of the unknown stop you from achieving greatness. This is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make and could end up being completely life changing. Don’t feel alone if you’re unhappy and unsatisfied with your current career path, chances are we’ll all feel the same way at some stage. Surround yourself with people who will encourage you to do more and to be more – before you know it, you’ll be a great success. Being truly satisfied with your career will make a world of difference to every other part of your life too. This is such a big step but it’s a step you deserve to take today.