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It is very likely that you will start a career path or consider a change of career at some point in your working life. Like any journey you need to find the best route and consider all the opportunities available to you. Once you know where you are, you can review the possible destinations – what role do I want to do next? You can then plot possible routes and look at achievable milestones along the way. You can imagine the future and decide if you will actually like the destination once you get there. Half of our life is spent at work and the choices we make are crucial to our happiness.
The desire to change career usually happens around the ages of 30, 35, 40 and 50. Whereas many years ago, people tended to remain in the same career for the whole of their working life, now it is quite common for people to go through at least three career changes. Becoming aware of your working environment may have happened gradually over a long period of time or you may have had a sudden realisation that you want to be on a different career path. Feeling de-motivated, unfulfilled or frustrated by your work can affect the whole of your life, so take time to gather your strength so that you can make the necessary career changes.
Everyone has far more skills than they think they have. You will be surprised! We begin with what we already have. It’s a fact that most of us are far better at listing what we can’t do than what we can do. For every skill you can list on your first attempt there will be several more that you have forgotten, discounted or are simply unaware of.
The purpose of any career assessment is to give you a clear idea of your skills, personality and career options. It is a very positive and informative process as it can help to unravel some of your current confusion or frustration. This exercise will help you find these skills. Work with a colleague to discover these, or get other people's points of view. Make a list, work on that list and add to it each day as you spot things you do well, until you have at least 20 positives. Not only does this give you a good idea of your strengths – individually and themes – but its good preparation for an interview. And knowing what you are good at will help identify the challenges inherent in your next role.
• What do you think I’m best at?.........................................Why?
• What should I stop doing?..................................................Why?
• What sort of role do you imagine me capable of?........Why?
• What skills do you think I have?........................................Why?
Now that you’ve listed the resources you already have to hand, you can see what resources you will need to obtain to help you on the journey. Like a shopping list you need to decide on priorities and possible costs. What do I need first? What am I willing to spend in terms of time, money and effort?
Training only accounts for 20% of what you need to know to be effective in a job. Excellence comes when you learn through our own experience, by seeing it being done, and by doing it yourself.
Nothing is impossible if you have the will to succeed!
• What activities or duties are important to you?
• What job anywhere would have the same features?
• Are there any barriers preventing you getting that job?
• How can you overcome those barriers?
• If plan A doesn’t work do you have alternative routes to your ideal job?
You reach a stage in your career where due to new technology replacing the need for certain jobs or a reduction in jobs due to the pressure of businesses to remain profitable and competitive and you’re looking for a change. At the age of 30 and 35, people often look to change career if they feel that they are on the wrong career track and have a yearning to take action before it is too late to do so. In addition, around the ages of 40, 45 and 50 many people look to transform their working life as the pressure on their personal finances is removed. Their mortgage and personal loans may have been redeemed and their children may have fled the nest, so they are now in a position to pursue a new and more fulfilling career. After the age of 40, 45 and 50 their focus in life is more about enjoying what they do each day and they may look to re-align their job with their personal interests and hobbies.
Switching careers is a bold step but if you adopt the right approach and have a positive attitude it can be a fun, easy and a rewarding transition. Having the motivation to change career is an essential element for a successful career change. If you are contemplating changing your profession or occupation, it is a necessity to research all the possible career options. If you are stuck for career ideas, it is worth filling in a career choice profile which will highlight the types of careers and tasks that you are well suited to perform.
Transforming your current career situation takes time, effort and persistence. It is not something that you can achieve in an instant. The transformation process involves believing in you and taking the necessary steps in order to achieve your career dream or goal. Some career changers like a professional career coach to assess their skills and tell them what options are possible. It is then the role of the career coach to drive and support the career change forward.
Whether you are looking to make a slight or a dramatic change in profession, you need to be willing to look at yourself, your skills and put in the effort required. Getting what you want career wise is all about defining what you want and putting in place the necessary career change strategies. It is important to remember that if you aren’t getting the desired results from your career change efforts to-date, you may be lacking in the desired knowledge. There is invariably nothing wrong with you but you may be adopting the wrong approach or career change techniques. Knowledge is key to career success and career fulfilment. It is, of course, far easier to reach a career goal if you have received the right career advice or career change strategies. Investing in BlueBean will help you to propel your career forward faster and allow you to reach your full potential quicker.
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