How to Tell When You Need a Career Change – Part Two
A career choice survey found that more than half (55 per cent) of working adults are interested in changing careers, with nearly a quarter (24 per cent) extremely or very interested in a career change. Only 14 per cent of workers are in their dream careers. In part one, we broke these figures down and looked at where you should be changing to.
In part two, we look closely at focusing on your strengths, reflecting on what worked and what didn’t in your existing job, and why you shouldn’t shy away from such a big change.
If you avoid change without a good reason or because it seems too hard, you might fear change. If you worry that changing something will ruin everything, you might fear change. If your reason for saying no is “I’ve never done it before,” you might fear change. Change can mean trying something new or different. It can mean adjusting your goals or even your destination. It’s not unusual to fear change. In fact, it’s very few of us who actually embrace it (many say they do but actually are terrified of it). But change is not a one-size-fits-all state of mind with an inevitable outcome. Change comes in every stripe and colour, and you need to evaluate every type that comes along. Because going through life avoiding all change will be completely unfulfilling.
But your fears can be beaten. Fear only has as much power over you as you choose to give it. Here at Select resumes, we think that some areas of our lives feel more untouchable because any change there seems momentous. It feels like it’s an area where we can’t afford to be wrong, and so we never try. But it’s okay to be wrong sometimes. Many of our clients come to us knowing they want to change but are too scared to even begin, so reach out to us for help.
We can’t wave a magic wand and guarantee to transport you straight into a new career. And when you decide to try a small change, it can either go well, or it can go poorly. Just remember that either way, it’s a positive step. We can learn from both failures and successes, as we can learn from likes and dislikes. We encourage our clients not to be the person who tries one small change, doesn’t like it, and then refuses to try anything ever again. We’ll tailor your new resume to show that you are ready and equipped to transition to a new career. The tome will be one of having all goals you set for yourself in your current industry, embracing challenges, ready for anything. Please understand that change is a good thing. It helps us to grow by stretching us a little bit and exposing us to new things.
But good reasons for change can be staring you in the face. Are you genuinely underappreciated? You quantifiable know that you provide a service to your company that makes them money, and without you, they can’t operate. This gives them no right to belittle your commitment and overwork you to the point of failure. They may want to cut corners and costs by loading additional work on you rather than hiring another to take over, but you shouldn’t have to deal with this, especially if you have the option to make a shift. This is a good reason to embrace change.
Specifically, if the company begins pushing you beyond your moral boundaries, or if the amount of work is making you physically sick, or if you’re not being paid for the extra work, if they’re promising promotions that never happen – get that new resume done now. Even in a pandemic, new businesses are starting up all the time. You have the ability to find a new career if you’ve worked on building your skills. Sure, the new position may not pay as much at the last, but at least you’re striving for a new goal with less stress and more satisfaction. Choose the work that makes you happy, brings success, and makes you proud.
Admittedly, some situations aren’t always as black and white as we’ve depicted here. In almost every situation, there is some facet of your job that makes it worth staying at. But be honest with yourself about why you’re not happy. And if there’s something you want to change or gain – some skill, some project, something that gives you valuable traits that you didn’t have before – don’t be afraid to ask for these things. Good managers will appreciate your interest in keeping yourself sharp and growing, and they’ll help to get you the right opportunities. But if those opportunities are not forthcoming, you have to be prepared to cut your losses, put your head above the parapet and look around. There’s a big world out there; you just have to look.