One of the problems I come across when working with people who want to change career is that all too often the negative parts of their current job have clouded their judgement, and instead of weighing-up their career options wisely, they jump head-first into a potentially painful mistake…
If you’ve got to the stage where you can’t stand your job any longer it’s important to take a step back from the day to day frustrations, drama or boredom you’re experiencing to look at your situation objectively.
I spend a lot of my time working with people who want to make potentially significant career changes, and whilst it’s very exciting to see someone go from a job they hate into a career their love, an important step along the way is to carry out a self-audit to make sure that your reasons for wanting to change career are actually valid.
Getting bored and frustrated with your job isn’t necessarily a trigger to change career so an important step when contemplating whether to uproot your professional life or not is to consider what you actually still enjoy doing in your current job.
Try answering these questions to help you think about the positive aspects of your job: –
• Do you like the industry you work in?
• Do you enjoy working for your boss?
• What parts of your job do you find interesting?
• Do you like the people you work with?
• What do you find most rewarding about your job?
• Do the hours that you work suit you?
• What do you find challenging and/or exciting about your job?
• What career prospects are available to you?
Importantly, consider what you are grateful for in your current job and career. Don’t get blinded by negativity and jump into doing something new simply because you’re having a bad day or week.
If you struggle to come up with any positive attributes then a career-change may be a good option for you, but if you have a list of up-sides then these may indicate that a company-change for example is all that’s needed to improve how you feel about your career. Alternatively, you may still be ready for a big change, and recognising what you like about your current job can help you make sure that those elements are present in your next career choice.
Keep a positive, open mind and take a step back every now and again to look at your job and career choice with a clear perspective – taking the blinkers off can save you a lot of time, effort and money in the long run!
Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Time Management Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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