Let’s face it changing careers can be stressful, but there are a few steps that you can take to make the transition less daunting.
Here are the 4 things you’ll have to do to make your career transition successful:
- Allow yourself to evolve and be creative
- Be committed to finding your passion
- Compartmentalize your fear
- Get out of your own way and just go for it
Let me me explain exactly what I mean here:
When I made my massive industry change from Wall Street broker to Pilates instructor the first time around (that’s right, I actually did a double whammy, which I’ll tell you about soon.) I unknowingly gave myself permission to evolve and think outside the confinements of a typical career. I got really creative with what I wanted and how I could make it happen.
I was fed up enough with my current work environment which meant I was 100% committed to making the leap to find my passion. This strong urge to find something that would make me happy made it a little easier to tell my fear to take a back seat while I figured out what I wanted for my future. You see, I didn’t allow my fear to block me from going for what I wanted most in life. I also realized that the longer I stayed in a job that I strongly disliked the harder it would be to leave eventually.
To remind me of this fact I had a whole bunch of older co-workers who were miserable in their jobs but were completely stuck because they never allowed themselves to think outside of the box or pushed themselves outside their own comfort zone. I knew I didn’t want to wake up one day and be one of those people.
Now don’t get me wrong, I definitely didn’t have it all figured out up front, but here’s what I did know:
- I knew I was interested and loved movement,
- I knew more or less how much I could earn teaching Pilates and that it would be enough to support the lifestyle I wanted
I gave some room for the process to evolve creatively and didn’t pressure it to be a specific way. Most importantly: I kept believing in myself and worked towards fulfilling my dream of finding a career I was passionate about.
Now I’d love to hear from you:
Have you made a career transition? How did you overcome your fear? What helped you make a successful career transition?
Perhaps you’re thinking of changing jobs? Which one of these tips was most helpful to you? Or what’s holding you back?
Remember your question or answer could help someone else have a rich learning experience too!
If you’re planning a career transition and want more tips and advice on how to develop your career and find what you love to do, come and hear me speak at General Assembly and VentureFizz’s #OFFCAMPUS event March 24th. Grab your tickets here and read more about this week long festival!