Many of us will, unfortunately, get to a stage in our life where we are unhappy in our job and we contemplate changing career.
Mine came a few years ago when I was made redundant and forced into an alternative job role within the same company. I was only meant to stay in the alternative role temporarily whilst I looked for a new job. Unfortunately, nothing came up and I stayed in a job I wasn’t particularly happy in, for almost three years. I didn’t have the courage to do much about it back then, and looking back I curse myself a bit, especially when I see how far I’ve come in the last few years.
When I found out that I was expecting a baby, it gave me the kick up the bum that I needed. I knew that this was my opportunity to get out and do something different. I saw the pregnancy out in the job and when I left to go on Maternity Leave, I knew that I would never be going back again. I was excited about the future.
By the time it came to return to work after having my baby, I had already started this blog. I had already developed a huge interest in social media – stemming from this blog, and I knew I loved it. I also knew there was an opportunity out there for me to make a living out of doing something I love, so I pursued it.
I started a new job doing an admin role, which was something I had huge amounts of experience and qualifications in. But within a few months, because I had the knowledge of social media and the business knew this, I was running the social media accounts for the firm that I worked for on daily basis. I was finally doing a job that I loved.
So you see if you really want something bad enough, it can be achieved. You just have to have the right mindset. Take a look at my 5 tips for successfully changing career.
Believe that it really can happen
Mind over matter. If you want something bad enough, you can make it happen. Admittedly, it may not happen overnight, but like they say, ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day”. You may need to do a course whilst you’re still in your current job, but before you do anything like this, you need to have the faith in yourself and believe that a career change really can happen. Get this mindset early on and you’re already halfway there.
Ensure you have a solid support system
It goes without saying that you will need support in your decision. It can be completely overwhelming and if this is the case, consider hiring a coach like Jaimie at Definitely Definitely. When talking with a coach you can take a view of your life and business and they can help transform and elevate every single area. You can come out of it feeling less intimidated and more positive than ever before, which will put you in the perfect mindset and ready for the success that you are about to become.
Assess your interests, values and skills
Take a look at other roles you have done and been good at. What skills and interests do you have that you could apply to a job role? True job satisfaction starts with you doing something you enjoy and something that you are good at, and that’s the best place to begin your career change journey.
Overhaul your CV
Before you even think about handing in your notice, you need to dust off your CV and take a good look at it. Rewrite it from scratch and make it stand out.
Try not to include every bit of information on there – and try to keep it to one page. A lot of potential employers won’t have time to read through pages and pages so it’s important to keep it relevant to the role that you’re applying for. You want it to grab the employers attention and then when you are at the job interview, you can mention the rest of your work experience.
Don’t overspend when it comes to your job search. Don’t spend lots of money on degrees when a couple of online courses or night classes would be enough. Don’t let it take over your life either. Make sure you still have time to spend with your family. Whilst enthusiasm is great, your family won’t take too kindly to you studying all hours that you’re not at work. Find the balance.
Have you ever successfully changed your career? Perhaps you have some tips you can add? Let me know in the comments.
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