It’s natural for most people to think about changing careers at some point in their lives. After all, we live for an awfully long time. Why would we want to do the exact same thing day in day out? We should explore different passions and interests, and we shouldn’t feel bad about it! If you loved your job at the beginning but you don’t feel the same anymore, you’ve got a perfect reason to change careers. If you’ve never really enjoyed your job, that’s an even better reason to change careers! Following our loves, passions, and inspiration usually takes us right to where we need to be in life and makes us far happier. So, how can you take that leap of faith and finally change careers? Read on to find out…
The first thing you need to do is be comfortable with change. This is so hard for many people. Many people are afraid of change, and see it as a bad thing. Change is never a bad thing! Things change all day every day. Learning how to embrace change with be one of the best things you ever do. See it as a good thing. Who wants to stay in the same place forever? How boring would that be?
Know That Life Starts Outside Of Your Comfort Zone
Life starts outside of your comfort zone. Feel uncomfortable about this change? Good! That means it could very well be worth it. When any of us stay in our comfort zones for too long, it means that we’ve stopped growing. Sure, comfort zones are, well, comfortable. But that doesn’t mean you should just stay there. If you want to continue developing as a person, learn more about yourself and live a full life, it’s all about stepping outside of your comfort zone.
Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway
So, how can you step outside of your comfort zone without positively freaking out? You can’t. Sorry. You’re probably going to freak out quite a bit. The important thing is that you feel the fear, and do it anyway. You know that feeling in the pit of your stomach - we’ve all had it. Go with that feeling. It usually means that whatever you’re thinking of doing is going to be worth it. It could be one of the best things you ever do! Maybe you don’t even need to take a giant leap to your career change. Maybe you can take tiny (but still scary) baby steps to help yourself get there. The important thing is that you’re doing something about it and you’re not just staying stagnant.
Know What It Will Take
What will it take for you to change careers and do what you really want to do? Will you need more skills and qualifications? Will you need to develop confidence in yourself? Picture who you would need to be in your head and then become that person. Create a plan to help you. Knowing what this change will take is an important step to actually getting there.
Do Home Courses/Night Classes
If you can’t afford to leave your job at the moment, you can do home courses and night classes that could very well get you to the level you need to be at. If where you want to be requires more training, like a full time course, it’ll be a little harder. That doesn’t mean you should stop yourself from doing it. Sure, it’ll be one of the most difficult times of your life. You’ll have to work ridiculously hard. You’ll have to find a job that fits around your studies. You’ll probably have to take out a loan. But these are the things that make you a stronger person, far more suited to the career change you want to make. At the end of it all, you’ll be ready to get a job in your chosen field, and nothing will feel better than that!
Gather As Much Information As Possible
Make it your mission to gather as much information as possible about the career you’re considering. Read magazines and interviews. Do plenty of research however you can. Use this information to propel you forward and develop your plan more. If you’re interested in what paediatric jobs entail, you could check out descriptions on Paediatric Jobs at Staffnurse.com to help you.
Don’t Wait Until You’re ‘Ready’
The worst thing you can do is wait until you’re ready. Guess what? You’ll never feel ready. That’s why you feel the fear and you do it anyway. You’ll likely never feel like it’s the right time to quit your current job, or the right time to go back into full time education. Just do it.
Write Out Your Disaster Scenario
Getting comfortable with your ‘disaster scenario’ is a really effective way of moving forward. What’s the worst that could happen to you? Write it out and mull over it. Get comfortable with it. Will it really be that bad? Will you be able to recover from it? Chances are, you will. Once you’re comfortable with this, you’ll realise that nothing can hurt you and you can do anything.
Think In Terms Of What You Want To Try Next - Not Your ‘Destiny’
Instead of panicking over whether this choice is your ‘destiny’ or ‘true calling’ instead just think in terms of what you want to try next. There are very few truly happy and successful people who automatically landed in a job that they considered to be their calling. It took plenty of tries and career moves for them to get there. Think in terms of what you’d be interested in doing next and go from there. Basically, you need to live more in the ‘now’ and less in the future. If you think too far ahead, you can pretty much put yourself off doing anything.
Believe In Yourself
This might sound cheesy but you absolutely must believe in yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, who else is going to? Also, it has been proven in many studies that people who believe in themselves get to where they want to be. It is our beliefs, especially our deeply held beliefs that create and shape our reality. If you think you’re not good enough, chances are, you won’t be. As Henry Ford rightly said, ‘whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right’.
Know What’s Important To You In Your Career
Knowing what’s important to you in your career will help you to figure out if this is the best move for you to take. Do you feel it’s important to work with people? Would you hate to work in one place, and need no two days to be the same to be happy? It’s your choice! Knowing what’s important to you will help you to figure out if something is right for you.
Network With People In The Industry
Networking with people in the industry will help you in so many ways. You’ll know what you need to do to get to where you want to be. Plus, you know what they say, it’s not what you know; it’s who you know! You can use sites like LinkedIn to meet people in the industry.
With this advice, you’re now ready to take the leap of faith and change careers. Remember, you’ll never feel ready, so feel the fear and do it anyway. Think of all of the instances this may have worked for you in the past!