Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Changing career without starting all over again

I recently read an article in the Financial Times which stated that recent research findings show that 60% of employees would choose a different career if they could start again. 

Once again we are being told that a large proportion of people are unhappy in their job.  It is becoming quite a common piece of news.  However, in this case it wasn’t so much the figure that caught my eye, it was the wording used.

‘……would choose a different career if they could start again.’

What is all this about starting again?  When I pursued a career change, did I really start again?  Did I discount the years of training and practising as a solicitor?  What about my time working for Macmillan Cancer Support, was this also to be discounted?  Did my career then restart?

It all sounds quite dramatic and it doesn’t need to be.  Instead of considering a career change as starting again, think of it as starting the next chapter of your career.  Your career will evolve through gaining different skills and experiences and you can choose to make changes based on this to move you forward. 

If you are ready to take the next step in your career and pursue a career change, instead of considering this process as starting again, consider the process as building on the skills and interests you already have and start investigating how you can use these elsewhere.   Perhaps start putting together your ideal job role and see where this takes you in your investigations. 

As long as you are making changes and moving forward towards a goal, you will get there even if it takes you little steps to do it.  

Allow your career to evolve in the way you want it to. 


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