Career Change Success Stories – What Are The Things To Consider For Career Change Success?
Whether you are a newbie at work or a veteran, career change thoughts or even the decision to make a career change can happen.
Your habits will tell you this is a scary thought. And it is. After all, we all have financial obligations to fulfill and some of us look to work as more than just a way to make money.
Given that work is important in our lives, it is a big decision. Is there a formula to career change success? What are some of the career change success stories out there?
What are some of the things to consider when looking for a career change?
Conventional wisdom will tell you that you need to plan, think about your interests, what is it you do not like about your current work, your remuneration, your strengths and weaknesses, and so on and so forth. Conventional wisdom is not wrong. But where it differs is this:
1. Know Yourself
I once joined a software company with a dot com as a façade in the early 90’s from the world of advertising. It was the worst leap I made, but it taught me what I did not know about myself. In considering that move, I thought my discipline and can-do attitude would see me through. How wrong I was!
Conventional wisdom says, know yourself and decide. But in reality, as we decide we get to know ourselves better.
2. Consult Others
I believe it works as a sounding board; we need to speak to close ones, unbiased ones and also our own research. I believe you need to hear bias advice, the wisdom to distinguish one when you hear it, anxiety from loved ones, and what you discover in your own research. That way, you can triangulate a platform for which you can decide and act.
3. One Decision, One Change
Often career change success is not a one decision, one change and one success. It is a process that goes back and forth and with a lot of detour. That way you get to know yourself better and the process unveils insights to you that you may not have known. So, career change success stories are not linear. What now?
4. Do, Plan, Feel
Then again, you may discover you may not like it. The key is to do first, the plan, then feel how you like it. It goes against what people usually advise – plan the change, see how you feel about it, then take action.
When one follows this path, it brings a lot of anxiety due to the uncertainties hence people never make that change or end up doing the same thing they have been trying to avoid.
5. Connecting The Dots
For example, in the case of training above – you may then start to talk to trainers about your interests and see if there are opportunities for part-time work. In that case, you may even be paid to experiment with something you think you are interested.
This experience will also expose you to a different group of people and it opens up opportunities you may not be exposed to before. These trainers may then introduce you to human resource department people, yet more contacts.
6. What’s The Answer?
Many others have gone through career change and have been successful at it. You too will find your path. These are their career change success stories and advice.
Herminia Ibarra in her Harvard Business Review article – How to Stay Stuck in the Wrong Career (HBR OnPoint Enhanced Edition)
discusses your “Working Identity” which is our sense of self in our professional roles and a process of applying effort to reshape that identity. This concept is covered in her book, Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career
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You have just graduated, and you are wondering "what job suits me"? Ideally, this should not have occurred if there was sufficient self-awareness and planning. That’s all water under the bridge now. Let’s move on to find a solution for it.
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