How to Stop Dreaming About A Career Change and Start Making One
Imagine yourself feeling so excited about getting into the office or your place of business that you look forward to getting out of bed. You jump up, wash your face, brush your teeth, and get dressed. A freshly brewed cup of coffee is waiting for you on the Keurig. You pick up your iPad and read an inspiring article in the Wall Street Journal before you head out the door. It’s going to be a great day
You step off the elevator, and the sound of the DJ scratching vinyl startles you awake. “Ugh, do I really have to get up and go to work?” you think to yourself
For some time the thought of making a change has keeps nagging at you. However, your critical voice reminds you that you will never make as much elsewhere or it will cause a rift between you and your spouse.
Your friends and family are not exactly supportive, either. They ask how you will pay your bills. Your mother reminds you of how happy you were with your job after you graduated from college 10 some odd years ago. Then there is Uncle Tony, he suggests for you to apply for a secure city or government job.
You tell yourself you are nuts for even thinking about making a career change. So, the cycle continues. You continue to dream of being happy, yet avoid taking action.
The process of career transition begins with the willingness to explore what you want. You might discover that you enjoy your position even more than you thought you did. A change in attitude may be the only change you need. One thing is for certain, you will gain the self-awareness and confidence required to make a sound,and informed life-changing decision.
A recent client came to me with the concern that her degree would no longer be relevant if she made a career transition. Through a combination of coaching conversations, personality and value assessments, a skills analysis she learned she was in the right field but that the culture and environment were the wrong fit for her.
Within a month after her breakthrough, she landed a leadership position that paid $10,000 more than what she had earned. Had she not embarked on this journey, she would have still had a secure job that she was miserable in.
How about you? ?Are you ready to feel excited about your career again?