How long have you been thinking about making a career change? Weeks? Months? Years? It's possible you've been thinking about it so much, so often, and for so long, it doesn't even feel like a real possibility.
I've been through my own career change and have helped hundreds of others do it too. I know how easy it is for a shift into work that feels like you to become something you think about, read about, build castles in the air about, but never actually do anything about because you’re not sure what or how. I'm not going to pretend it’s easy. But what I can do is provide you with a straight-talking, process-driven approach for how to shift – and a supportive community of people on the same journey as you.
Join us in the group and take yourself from 'dreaming' to ‘doing’. Start by popping into the group to say ‘hi’, telling us a little bit about yourself and sharing the one thing you’re currently struggling with the most.
- I work in event management and feeling quite miserable in the job. It’s basically long hours for not so great pay and I’m just not enjoying it any more. Most of what I actually do feels pretty meaningless and getting through the day is becoming more and more of a struggle. I’m quite keen to explore other career possibilities but I don’t have the slightest idea of what I would want to do as I’ve been working in event management right since I graduated, so it’s all I know. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.
- Hi Jennifer, If you know you want something new, but unsure what exactly (just not whatever you’re doing now!) then a good place to start is by getting to know yourself better. The more you understand yourself and your motivations, the more informed and productive your career search process will be, and the more likely you'll find a career that is right for you. So take a step back, look inward and assess what is really important to you in a career. What do you like about your current job and what do you dislike? What sort of working environment do you think you'll be happy in? (If you’re not sure, try this short quiz: http://bit.ly/2kj8i9F). What energises you most work-wise? And what do you naturally love doing and are good at? There are lots of online tools available to help you work out your values, interests, personality, and skills (sometimes shortened as VIPS). You can find a list of ones I recommend here: http://bit.ly/2dblt81. These are just pieces of the puzzle. You have to find the common themes and threads - and they can change over time. But the bottom line is: if you’re not interested in something, it won’t work.
- Once you hold up the mirror, some jobs and careers should emerge, and from there you’d enter into the second stage of the career change process - exploring the jobs and careers on your list. Your aim would be to become a mini-expert in your field and dive deep to find out as much as you can. You could talk to people who are doing these jobs already, go online and research the careers (the annual Occupational Outlook Handbook is an excellent source of career information: http://bit.ly/2Aacc92), join conferences, seminars, and meet-ups applicable to your field and read relevant articles and trade publications. Then you’d consider which career allows you to best utilise your skills, values, and interests. It helps if you can bring in elements of your former career. Maybe instead of a radically different field, you choose another industry or role within the same or similar field. That way, you bring in something transferrable in terms of skills and experience.
- I hope this helps to get you started. I’ve been through my own career change and know how hard it is to let go of the past, figure out the new you, and embrace change. However you can do it and it all comes down to taking action. Even if you’re not convinced that what you are planning to do is the right thing, just begin. Small steps at a time create the momentum you need to move in a new direction. The best of luck!
- Wow that's really useful, thanks so much for taking the time.