We’ll be really honest with you. If you’re getting ready to make a career change, the only way to know if it will work out as expected is to go and do it. However, we get it, sometimes you need a little more certainty before taking the plunge. We’ve helped a ton of women change careers over the past 12 months and we’ve noticed the same patterns every single time. Wanna know what those who succeed all have in common? Here are five things you must know for career change success.
You’ll never be 100% ready
It will be scary and that’s normal. The trick is to feel the fear and do it anyway (thank you Susan Jeffers) rather than use it as an excuse to quit. Your career change will most likely feel like an emotional rollercoaster, but always pay attention to your gut. If you’re scared, but excited by the possibilities, you’re on the right track.
There are no guarantees
No one knows how their career will turn out. But this applies to everything in life. There are lots of people who have gone down the safe route and ended up where they didn’t expect. Similarly, lots of people have taken a risk, gone down the road less travelled and reaped results that no one would have expected (Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs and Gabby Bernstein, spring to mind). You just need to be willing to try. As long as your fear of wasting your life is bigger than your fear of failure and the unknown, go for it!
You can’t do it alone
It may be tempting to keep your career change a secret, especially when your family and friends don’t understand or support you, but this doesn’t mean you have to do it entirely on your own. Network to find new supportive contacts, seek out a mentor and take time to nurture the healthy friendships in your life. Creating a network of people you can turn to for advice or just a shoulder to cry on will help you immensely.
You aren’t being silly
Wallowing about being stuck in work you hate can feel like the ultimate first world problem. You can quickly start to feel like you’re being a princess who needs to get her priorities in order and just be grateful for having a job.
However, after 12 months of working with women in this position, the one thing we know is that the desire to change careers and find fulfilling work has very little to do with having a fun job, and everything to do with finding your identity and purpose for being on this earth.
That is huge.
There is literally nothing more important for a human being than feeling like you have lived a worthwhile life and done what you came to do. Do not minimise it.
Perseverance will be your best friend
Many of the women we work with come to us with the belief that to make a successful career change they need to have the right qualifications and they need to dedicate time to sucking up to influential people in their new industry. We won’t lie to you, both of these things can help, but they don’t make or break a successful career change.
Take a look at our success stories and you’ll find that all of those successful career changers had one thing in common: they kept going… no matter how hard things got.
A career change will often be long, hard and messy. You will doubt yourself countless times and come across people who seem to want to get in your way or break down your confidence. However, keep going and you will get to your goal. You only fail when you quit.
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