Over the course of their lives, many people have and will find themselves considering a career change. Whether you are bored, misunderstood or just not getting anywhere in your current job role; sometimes it just feels like it’s time to call it a day and move on. Unfortunately, for the majority, this is nothing but a dream. Making the leap to a new career takes them out of their comfort zone, and they feel lost and vulnerable. They fear the unknown, and don’t ever make the change they need. In this blog, we’ll show you why you shouldn’t be afraid of changing careers, and reinvigorating yourself in the process!
Changing Careers: Top 4 Reasons
As technology develops, it is becoming easier and easier to change career paths. Companies are coming up with new employment opportunities for new candidates, by introducing flexible projects, approaches and skill requirements. The wider the variation of talent that companies attract, the better they can branch out and expand into new areas. If you are scared that there is no other company out there in need of your talents, then you are thinking in entirely the wrong way. Not only are your talents needed in MANY places, but you might also be able to use new talents to find a job, that you never even considered important!
Skills and strengths can be transferrable
Following on from the last point, it’s also important to recognise that your skills ARE transferable. This doesn’t have to apply to hard skills either. For example, your HR or sales skills might not necessarily translate to your new job; but you can bet that your problem solving ability, execution and time management will! The more you focus on the broader spectrum of your abilities, the more options and disciplines will open up ahead of you. You need to have confidence in all of your skills, not just some of them!
Networking = No Sweat
One of the biggest problems that many people face before switching careers, is the fear. It’s true, changing careers is really scary. It’s like jumping into the deep end, where a mistake could dramatically impact upon your family, income and success. It’s not just money on the line, but emotions too. The answer to this fear? Networking. Networking gives you the tools to start making connections in areas that might otherwise be unfamiliar to you. It allows you to go out and speak with people in the field you are interested in, makes it easy to keep connections and builds a friendly platform for you to fall upon, before taking the new career plunge.
You don’t have to rush things
It’s true, when changing careers there are some people who fail. However, most of the time this happens because that person is wholly unprepared for what they are doing. If you know you aren’t prepared, then don’t take the risk until you are ready. There are opportunities in the career market to ‘try before you buy’, so take advantage of these! Plenty of volunteering opportunities exist, and there are a wealth of online courses out there. You don’t even have to quit your day job to do these. The chance to prepare for a new career, whilst finishing your old one in style, is a chance that many people would love to have. The problem is, most people don’t realise that they can!