A career change is one of the biggest changes you can go through in life, but one of the most essential if you are unhappy in your work. Whether you make a big change or a small transition, it's particularly important to make sure you're ready to take the necessary steps towards a fulfilling career.
Before you start to think about what type of work will bring the best out in you, here's 5 simple steps that you must take to ensure that you don't give up at the first, second or third hurdle.
1. What inspires you?
When you're inspired, you're in a much better state to make exciting decisions. So get inspired by watching an inspirational movie or a reading an inspiring book. Perhaps it's a favourite place to walk or drive that gets you going. Whatever it is, make the time to do it.
2. Who inspires you?
It's almost impossible to make a successful career transition if you're surrounded by people who have a tendency to crush your dreams or people who have a negative outlook on career related matters. So go out of your way to find people who inspire you. In particular, find friends who love their job. Hang out with them as much as you can because these are the people who will encourage you to go for it.
3. Do what you love
It's all too easy to get consumed by your career. Besides, you don't want to annoy your friends by repeatedly claiming that you're going to leave your job for a better career path, only to find that you're at the same desk every Monday, every week, every month, every year. Take time to do things you love because there is more to life than work. It may be the gym, a weekend away, a long walk or even a meal out with friends. Connecting with a wide range of people will be useful for networking too.
4. Blow your own trumpet
It's far too easy to get stuck in a negative frame of mind when you're unhappy in work. So it makes sense to think about all the things that you are proud of in your life. Achievements are often taken for granted but you need to big yourself up, not only for your own self esteem but it's also something you need to get used to if you're going for job interviews or writing a CV. Take time to write down all of your achievements, particularly the ones where you have had to overcome some sort of adversity. You may need a friend or partner to help you with this because they'll help you to include things you might take for granted.
5. Find a Friend
Speaking of friends, it's very hard to go through the whole transition on your own. Somewhere along the way you'll be tempted to give up or procrastinate so it's important to make yourself accountable. If your friends are likely to be too nice and cut you too much slack, perhaps you may consider finding a Career Coach to help you.
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