Have you ever thought about job transition? Here’s how to do it
Written by Rodolfo Parlati on 30/05/2022
Work takes up most of some time if you consider that, on average, you spend a minimum of one-third of your day working. It’s an aspect of your life that is of considerable importance not only to your sustenance and personal aspiration but also to your mental balance.
Very often, it happens to experience particularly difficult work situations, thanks to both external and internal factors. It happens to figure in sectors that are going through moments of crisis that seem to have no hope of being resolved. Furthermore, to embark on a career to which you do not feel you belong. Sure, every career path has its ups and downs. Sometimes there comes a time when the will to change and find a new job becomes so strong that you can no longer ignore it.
In any case, you cannot think of finding a job by sending random applications if you don’t know what you want. There’s no need to look for work generically because you could find a new job. In addition, this leads to a large waste of time and energy and proves not to be suitable for you. This might trigger a whole series of frustrations and disappointments that will only make your situation worse. However, the fear of change is often such to get stuck in a decision-making impasse, without abandoning your current job.
When and how to implement your job transition?
Changing a profession may be a very important choice, but you should carefully consider it. Before proceeding, it’s essential to evaluate several factors well, whether it’s a radical career change or simply a change of sector. Your job transition path requires planning and organization. Defining a technique helps you maintain the concentration and calm necessary to take the right actions. Particularly, during a very delicate phase of your professional and non-professional life. Here are some actions you’ll take:
Start from your “Why”
When considering a career change, it’s okay to not know exactly where to start and how to get there. The primary thing you need to do when you don’t have a clear idea is to ask yourself why you want to change jobs. It’s going to seem obvious but it is, actually, an important question. Awareness of your motives allows you to determine an action plan that is consistent with your values and goals. You’ll want to feel more fulfilled, or get obviate an unsatisfactory role, perhaps also played during a particularly toxic work environment. To try to do this, you would like to establish an internal dialogue with yourself, recognize and legitimize your moods, and understand what triggers your reactions and the way to intervene.
Take into consideration your transferable skills
The knowledge you accumulated over time, covering the present role, is often a strength you can exploit. Many skills also can be useful in professions that are very different from the one you currently cover. Particularly, the so-called “soft skills” are widely transferable, such as leadership skills, learning, problem-solving or precision. These are skills which you can exploit within countless roles and different work contexts. Obviously, in changing roles, it’ll be necessary to develop new skills that will be typical of the sector you want to enter.
Do not be overwhelmed by your fears
Don’t allow your fears of running out of cash, not being appreciated by your family and friends, a dalliance or being excluded from society to limit you in your choices and actions. Instead, attempt to prioritize researching what is important to you and what path you want to take for your career.
Take courses and do some volunteer work
As far together can tell, job transition is by no means a simple thing. It is often a stressful and difficult path, that can need a considerable investment of time and energy, especially if your goal is to transform the sector. To succeed at the professional level needed for your new role, you’ll need to attend specific training courses. Furthermore, to realize experience in a new sector, it’s useful to carry out voluntary unpaid work in your spare time. Taking an attempt period in a completely new sector is important to understand with knowledge of the facts if you are suited for a different role.
Feed your network
Networking may be a vital resource at a time when you need to reinvent your career. A dense network of friends, colleagues and acquaintances to show to can help you a lot in your search for a new career path. Consulting your contacts allows you to collect valuable insights into the position you desire. Furthermore, it is also a great way to get information. Many of us wonder how, within the current environment, they will initiate and build the relationships they need to reinvent their careers. To try to do this, the golden rule of networking has always been to cultivate your weak bonds. These are the relationships you’ve got with people you don’t know so well or don’t see very often. The reason is to maximise your chances of getting to know them.
Nobody is an island and, sooner or later, you discover yourself in the position of needing someone’s help. Once you just can’t change your job, you can feel a series of fears in these moments and attitudes of closure. These could take over and can further worsen the situation. For instance, you’ll feel strong external pressures from the people around you and not know what to do or what decision to make. It’s precisely in moments like these that, rather than closing yourself off, it might be decisive to seek external help. In these cases, consulting people who have made it, reading books on the topic and enlisting the support of a Professional Coach are among the most effective practices.
Let’s start this change!
The most common path to a reinvention of your career is to do something completely different. This involves cultivating new knowledge, resources, skills and relationships until you’ve got a strong foundation to build and explore a new career. Coaching, particularly, strengthening your self-awareness, can provide you with the support you need to understand how to achieve the career goals you have in mind.
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