Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Overcoming the uncertainty of changing career

How can you overcome the inevitable challenges of changing career?

Would you like to change career?  If so, you are not alone and likely to be using the New Year as an opportunity to review your career path.  In fact, according to research from the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF), 47% of all workers in the UK (66% of people aged 18-34) would like to change career (read more here).   These are extremely high percentages.

However, despite these high numbers, many people who wish to change career make the decision to stay in their current job.  The LSBF research identified that 29% would not move because of the lack of financial security in changing career, 20% did not know what new career path to choose and 15% had a fear of failure.

There are so many unanswered questions for those who want to change career and this uncertainty can be a huge obstacle in making any career move.  I see it all the time in my coaching business and always think it is such a shame that, although my clients are doing something about it, there are still many people who are not and remaining unhappy at work, an unhappiness which will affect your personal life too.

If you would like to consider a career change, what can you do to overcome the obstacles you face?

What I suggest at this stage is that if you are unhappy at work and considering a career change, take action and do one thing today towards achieving this change.  You could prepare a financial budget, ask friends and family to help you, arrange some work experience or talk to someone in a job of interest and find out about their career. 

You may have already done a lot of analysis on what you don’t like about your current role and what you want from your future career.  However, there is a time when you need to move forward from your analysis and take action to enable you to find out more.

Taking action will help you to test ideas and find out what career would suit you.

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