“Is your job boring you to death?”
That was the headline of a story on the BBC news website which went on to say a French guy was suing his employers for boredom. While this is comical and bizarre it sadly paints a vivid picture of what so many people go through in their daily lives. And so the big question becomes, how do I make a successful transition to a new career? How does that change affect you and the people closest to you?
Some people do a complete turnabout and take on a new career while others just change their workplaces. This list will guide you in making subtle changes that you need;
- Don’t just say, show
This will give you opportunities to get noticed and get invited to the table. It is the first step towards change. You will only earn more responsibility if you show that you’re doing well in your current tasks. Be bold and speak up during meetings with clients, staff meetings and proudly display your accomplishments. This will have rival firms offering you a new experience elsewhere.
- About whining
That constant complaining and being a pain in your colleagues’ side will not make your working experience any better. They will actually be ready to get rid of you when the opportunity arises! Grit your teeth, work extra hard and reserve salacious tidbits of office gossip to friends.
- Evaluate why you want to do it
Well, you have to know your reasons for change if you aren’t adjusting well in your career. Otherwise, it will be a disillusioned exit with no clear plan on what to do next. The reasons have to be solid and not just a nasty boss or poor work pay because you may leave that job for another where the measures are way tougher.
- Make an exit plan.
Ask yourself how long it will take to get something new to do. When you have that, start working backwards and figure out how you will get that new opportunity. Think about the exact date you will leave your current job then plan for all unforeseeable obstacles. The exact exit date just gives you a defined timeline on when to wrap up pending projects and leave your employer with dignity.
- The safety net
This should be thought about in your exit strategy. These are people who will give you advice, emotional support and even a financial bailout when things are patchy. Let’s face it, being in limbo and broke is a risky investment!
- Start saving for it
When you consider a money-consuming career change, save for it. This cash will help you settle bills and maybe take a course for your new career.
- Keep yourself grounded
And make realistic goals. It could take a while before your new career or even business takes off and you should anticipate that. Be ready to start at the bottom of the corporate ladder and earn a ‘crap’ salary.
- Seek out guidance
And most of the time it is a simple request which people fear to make. The worst that could happen is they say ‘no’, in which case you know that you can ask someone else. So many books have been published, podcasts broadcast and videos uploaded on the transition in professional careers, wade in and seek this knowledge as well.
- Plunge in!
What will keep you from making that change is fear of the unknown. And a dive in the deep-end in the pool of uncertainty will show you why that fear is only imagined.
- Send the ladder back down.
First-forward it to ten months into your new career or business; you’re doing well, the pay is good or the company has just made its first profit, don’t hog that all to yourself. Share tips that have worked for you on your way up to help another uncertain person make that decision too!