Ever had that feeling something is missing when at work?
You may like your job and you are good at it but you still get those 'Sunday blues' where you are not looking forward to getting up on Monday morning?
Or maybe you know that the job you have is a stop gap. Something for now that serves a purpose, possibly a financial one.
However, deep down you know that there is something better out there for you but it's challenging to make that change.
There are many reasons why we may feel the need to change our careers. Here are a few common factors:
- Lack of fulfillment: People may feel unfulfilled in their current career, leading them to seek out new opportunities that align better with their values, interests, and goals.
- Lack of growth opportunities: People, especially women, may feel that there are limited opportunities for growth and advancement in their current field, leading them to seek out new challenges and opportunities in a different industry.
- Work-life balance: People may feel that their current job is not allowing them to maintain a healthy work-life balance, leading them to seek out new careers that offer more flexibility and less stress.
- Job insecurity: People may feel that their current job is not secure, due to layoffs, budget cuts, or other factors, leading them to seek out more stable career options.
- Gender bias: Women may feel that they are not given the same opportunities as men in their current career, leading them to seek out careers that are more gender-neutral or offer greater opportunities for women.
- Burnout: Women may feel burnt out from their current career, leading them to seek out new opportunities that offer a fresh start and renewed energy.
Overall, people may feel the need to change their career for a variety of reasons, and it's important to evaluate each individual situation and determine the best course of action for personal and professional growth.
Planning for a career change can be a daunting process, but it can also be an exciting opportunity for personal and professional growth. Here are some key factors to consider when preparing for a career change:
- Determine your goals: Before you make any moves, it's important to identify what you hope to achieve with your career change. Are you looking for a higher salary, a better work-life balance, or more fulfilling work? Once you know what you want, you can start researching careers that align with your goals.
- Research potential careers: Once you've identified your goals, research potential careers that align with your skills and interests. Consider job growth trends, salary expectations, and educational requirements for each career you're interested in.
- Evaluate your skills: Assess your current skills and determine which ones can be transferred to your new career. Identify any gaps in your skills and determine if additional training or education is necessary.
- Network: Reach out to people in your desired field and build relationships with them. Attend networking events, join professional organizations, and connect with people on LinkedIn. These connections can provide valuable information and job leads.
- Update your C.V. (resume) and online presence: Make sure your C.V. is up to date and tailored to your new career. Also, review your online presence (e.g. LinkedIn profile, personal website) and ensure they accurately represent your skills and experience.
- Consider taking courses or certifications: Depending on your desired career, taking additional courses or certifications can help you stand out from other candidates and make you more marketable to potential employers.
- Plan for financial changes: Be prepared for potential financial changes during a career change, such as a temporary decrease in income or the need to invest in additional education or training.
Overall, preparing for a career change requires a lot of research, networking, and careful planning. By taking these steps, you can set yourself up for success in your new career path.
If you need support or wish to explore a change in role or career, then get in touch at info@confidencecollaborative. com to see the various ways we can help.
Enjoy the journey!
Joanne and Maggie