Career change has been the buzzword ever since the recession hit hard across the globe. There have been reports and articles talking about the new shift in the job scene in this century and a career change might be likely for many of us to get moving with the flow.
These are the times when we are seeing more people returning to school for a new degree or higher education in their field of work or planning on changing their careers to the “new world post-recession” workplace where the cleantech and “renewable energy” sectors might be the dominant hiring industries.
Very well said by Anthony J. D’Angelo:Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant.
- A piece of work, esp. a specific task done as part of the routine of one’s occupation or for an agreed price
- A post of employment; full-time or part-time position
- Anything a person is expected or obliged to do; duty; responsibility
A Career according to the dictionary is:
- An occupation or profession, esp. one requiring special training, followed as one’s lifework
- A person’s progress or general course of action through life or through a phase of life, as in some profession or undertaking
I am sure you get the point that there is a large difference between a job and a career. You may change a job within a career of choice but a career change is a larger and perhaps a longer process. However a well said explanation of the difference between a job and career comes from Earl Nightingale:
The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!
What makes a career change daunting is that it requires and update or retraining on your skill set (well, most often) and that often takes a long time and effort. Here are 5 steps you can tailor to your needs on the way to overcoming the challenges of a career change:
Identify your Fears
Identify and list your fears of a career change. Why do you fear this transition and what aspects of this transition seem the toughest to you? Sometimes eliminating the negatives before getting on the positives is the best way to proceed on the new path. To identify your fears and then attain the freedom from fear releases the tensions and enables the positives to take the place of the uncertainties which reside deep within. List everything possible that seems like a hurdle or any unknown fears that you have.
Embrace and be Inspired by this New Change
Identify your Goals
Seek Mentors and Guidance
- Would a new degree help in getting my dream job?
- Does a short-term course suffice for getting the skills I need?
- Will there be a demand for this new career or field around 5 years from now?
- What are current employers looking for?
There would be numerous questions on your mind right now. It is time to list them first and then seek guidance and help from mentors, career experts or those you know have been through a similar transition. It always helps to ask and cuts down on your anxiety curve. The sooner you learn from others experience the faster you would be able to transition satisfactorily.