Are you tired of your current career? Do you want to make a change? Let’s explore how you can jump into a new career!
Are You Tired Of Your Current Career?
Before making a jump into a new career, you need to ask yourself why you want to make a change!
It’s possible that you want to make a change because of the economy. The most common reason for wanting to change careers is burnout. However, you might be facing both an economic downturn and burnout at the same time.
Here are some signs of career burnout:
- You Struggle To Get Out Of Bed: Career burnout causes you to not want to get out of bed. It might be a struggle to not just get out of bed, but also it’s hard to leave home.
- Lack Of Work Satisfaction: The expectations you had when you started your career are not met. As a result, you feel lack of motivation and you’re wondering what’s the point?!
- Feeling Exhausted All The Time: Burnout makes you feel exhausted, especially at work. Also, you might not have the energy to stay focused on work related duties.
- You’re Feeling Cynical And Hopeless: Burnout makes you feel cynical about your career and the world. As a result, you feel hopeless about the future.
- You’re Coping In An Unhealthy Way: Career burnout can cause you to cope with your stress in an unhealthy way. For example, you might be drinking more alcohol and overeating. Also, you might be coping with stress by snapping at other people.
Here’s a related post: “Let’s Explore Workplace Burnout”
What Are Some Causes?
Career burnout has many causes, which include lack of control as well as extremes in activity. Also, it’s caused by unclear job expectations as well as lack of work-life balance.
Lack of control means that you have no say over decisions made about your job. For example, you might not have control over your schedule, your workload or even the direction you want your career to go.
At work, you might be facing extremes of activity. There are times where it’s really boring and other times you’re facing a lot of chaos.
The expectations for your job may be unclear, also you lack a work-life balance.
Despite feeling burned out, you end up sticking to your career. As a result, you feel unhappy.
Why Stay If You’re Unhappy?
There are many reasons why you stay in a career that makes you unhappy.
There’s a chance that you stay with it because you don’t see any other opportunities. It’s possible that you’re either over or under skilled or even have a seniority complex.
A seniority complex means that you’ve peaked in your career, but you don’t want to change because you’d lose that seniority.
In your current career path, chances are you’re not moving on because it’s scary. The thought of making a dramatic career change adds to your stress and anxiety.
Also, there’s a chance that you want to jump into a new career but you know where to start!
How To Jump Into A New Career?
Let’s explore how to jump into a new career! If you’re looking for a change in your life, it might be the way to go.
It can be a rewarding experience, also changing careers is possible at any age.
Starting Over Or Transferring Your Skills
Either you want to start over from scratch or go into a career where you’d benefit from using transferrable skills.
Starting over from scratch is a harder option for getting into a new career. It’s possible that you might not have the education or even the experience to jump into the new career you want.
For example, at 30 years old it can be hard to start over in a new career. Especially if you need a new set of skills.
If you have experience and skills from a similar career path, it’s easier to make a change. Also, that knowledge might be relevant in the career you want to jump into.
How To Get Started In A New Career?
When jumping into a new career, it’s important to take the steps you need to make it happen.
Overcome Your Seniority Complex:
It’s going to be hard to let go of the seniority you’ve built up over time. In the short-term, it will hurt but in the long-term you might be better off than you are now.
Starting at the bottom again in your new career might be the top of your old one.
Letting go of it involves letting go of your unhealthy ego.
An unhealthy ego is built on core beliefs based on fear. By shifting to a healthy ego, you’ll become aware of self-sabotaging behaviors caused by fear, which include always playing it safe as well as limiting beliefs.
Here’s a related post: “How To Overcome Limiting Beliefs?”
Research The Industry:
It helps to research the industry that you want to start your new career in. Researching the industry helps you see if it’s a right fit for you before making a change.
For example, you might be asking about long-term opportunities as well as work-life balance. Also, you’re wondering what skills are needed and which ones are transferrable.
Researching the industry helps you to find out what the salary ranges are for your new career.
Identify The Skills And Credentials Employers Are Looking For:
After researching the industry you’re interested in, identify the skills that potential employers are looking for. There’s a chance that you need additional credentials, but you might have a lot of transferrable skills that can be applied to your new career.
It helps to focus on transferrable skills, you might be jumping into a career that’s related to the one you’re leaving. Also, employers might benefit from your expertise.
Reach Out To Your Network:
Reaching out to someone you know in your network will help you. If the person in your network is already working in the career you want to jump into, they might offer support.
They can offer support by connecting you to someone they know that needs to hire a new employee. It also helps to reach out to your network for work references, potential employers might ask for them.
Try expanding your network by making friends with people who already work in that industry. The more connected you are, the more future opportunities might come your way.
Take Action To Make A Change:
Taking action to change careers includes setting clear goals.
After researching your new industry, you’ve already determined that the change is right for you. Now it’s time to consider what it will take to get there.
Think about additional skills and training that you need. Attending networking events to make new contacts as well as seizing opportunities to practice in your new career.
Have You Jumped Into A New Career?
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