How Best To Deal With Career Change

Any change is physically and emotionally taxing. A career change is no different. Whether it is due to job redundancy, no work-life balance, a toxic work environment or unpleasant co-workers; career change and job transitions can be stressful. If it weren’t, everyone would be doing it with ease. So, what makes it difficult? There can be multiple reasons – you may feel a sense of loss at leaving a job if you have been with an organization for a while. Or, you may feel scared to leave a stable and well-paying job to explore career options that can make you feel more fulfilled and happier.

1. Evaluate your existing job satisfaction

A career change may not always be necessary. To analyse this, reflect on your daily job situation and try to identify patterns, if any, which are causing a feeling of dissatisfaction. Is it due to frequent overtime at work, an unhealthy work environment or an uncooperative boss? The answers can help you determine if they are work challenges or a major career crisis. If it’s a challenge, think of it as an opportunity to develop persistence and courage to exceed. But, if it is a crisis, then it is time to acknowledge it and start working towards building a more fulfilling career life.

2. Do your research

One of the best ways to ease the career/job transition is through detailed research about the new industry you are interested in. Start by educating yourself about the kind of jobs available and the qualification/s required. Study LinkedIn profiles of people who hold top positions at the companies you are interested in. If you have someone in your circle who works in the fields you are interested in, reach out to them and ask questions that can help you make well informed choices. Gathering information and doing your groundwork can help you gain a foothold and be in control of the situation.

3. Assess yourself

Sadly, many of us spend years trying to work a job that we don’t enjoy or love. More so, if the job is a result of hard-earned money spent on years of education. But you don’t have to suffer. In the long-run, it is beneficial to understand yourself and your priorities. Evaluate your past successful roles, preferred activities or volunteer projects that you really enjoyed. Assess what your skills, values, your non-negotiables, your standards of integrity and your ideals are. If a job can successfully tick this the boxes in terms of what you value, chances are you will experience increased job satisfaction.

4. Go easy on yourself

It is common to feel a sense of guilt while contemplating a career switch. There are a lot of emotions and thoughts going on all the time, which can make the entire process more overwhelming. At times, you may even feel overly concerned about other people’s opinion – will they think of me as a failure? It’s best not to spend your energy in worrying about these concerns and channel all the positive energy into pursuing your passion. It is completely okay to get off the hamster wheel, take a step back to introspect and carve a solid career strategy for yourself.

5. Consider taking professional help

Since career or job transitions affect your family members too, it may prove wise to include them in your decisions as it can bring a fresh perspective. Find support in your friends and colleagues who can help you focus on choosing a new career path. You may also consider hiring professional and trained career counsellors who can bring their years of expertise to help you. They can brainstorm alternative career ideas with you based on your interests, skills and values and develop an action plan that can result in a rewarding career.



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