The Three P’s You Need to Thrive during a Career Change.

The very thought of going through a career change makes me want to go and have a lie down!

It’s exhausting and that is why you need, among other qualities, a huge dollop of patience.

This is the first quality I recommend all my clients develop because I know it will make the transition a lot less painful.

So why do you need patience?  Well, if you are serious about making the best possible career move, then jumping into the next job that comes along isn’t going to be for you.  A career change takes research, it takes networking and it takes time.  Time requires patience.  I always say to my clients up front, that it will take at least three months if they want to do it properly.  If you just want any old job, then coming to me is a waste of both your time and your money.

I am here to help you find a career in which you can develop your skills, fulfill your goals and be your best wonderful self.

So, take a deep breath and decide if you are prepared to give it the necessary time and dedication.  If so, welcome!

Next, you will need perseverance.   Dogged determination to persevere in face of any potential setbacks.    If you do the ground work properly, then hopefully once you start interviewing for the positions you have identified, you will not be long in finding your ideal job.  However, it is also necessary to be prepared for the rejection.  Nowadays, some of the top firms have employees go through five or six interviews.  It can be soul destroying to go for several interviews and not land the job.  It happens.  Persevere.  Your ability to persevere will be the difference between getting on the right career path or settling.  Never settle.

Finally, you will need to be a planner.  As it says in ‘The Mind Gym: Give me Time,’ ‘Are you a planner or a spanner?’   Becoming a planner is essential when you are looking to change career.  Firstly, you need to do a lot of research, particularly if you are changing industry.  Secondly, you need to plan your networking calls and thirdly, you need to track and record all your preparation (including interview preparation, job applications, calls etc.)  If you treat your career change like a job in itself, you are more likely to achieve what you want.  Patience, perseverance and planning will not only make the journey smoother, but means you are more likely to secure a successful outcome.

I wish you well.  If you would like some help to plan your career move, or to discuss any aspect of your career (or other related issues), please don’t hesitate to get in touch for an initial free consultation.



What I’ve learnt about Managing Change

During the last six weeks I have been through a period of change.  I learnt very quickly that I have quite a long way to go when it comes to adapting and managing change.

This was a new type of change for me, (temporarily moving house, I won’t bore you with the details!) and one which I haven’t experienced before.

Children have a routine for a reason.  It makes them feel safe.  I’m a bit the same with my routine.  I guard it preciously.   I believe I am pretty good at adapting to changes in my work.  I like variety in my work and can be flexible and adaptable.  But change in my routine and my life I have found has brought up all kinds of doubt and resistance.

So, I’m going to share what I’ve learnt in the hope that it will help you, either with a career change or change in whatever circumstances arise in your life.

Firstly, trying to fight against it or going into denial is not helpful.  It made it all the harder when I found myself in the middle of it.  I was not prepared for the feelings that arose and the resistance I experienced.  I learnt that I needed to talk to someone about my concerns or write them out of my system, and to do my best to row downstream and accept the inevitable discomfort.

Secondly, it helps to have patience and a lot of it.  You can’t control if events will happen as planned, but you can control your reaction to them.  Things will go wrong.  It’s how you deal with them that counts.  I have learnt that to be patient and step back from the situation and let it simmer for a while is helpful.  I made a lot of unnecessary phone calls to  check on something  repeatedly for fear it would not happen as planned.

Thirdly, planning and organization are absolutely key.  I learnt this as I went along, but a bit more forward planning would have helped immeasurably.  I did my best, but I learnt a lot about planning and organization in the process.   There’s no point having a plan if you don’t stick to it!  It needs to be flexible, but you need to be checking in to your plan every day to ensure you stay on track.  I had a plan, but it went out the window when all it required was a little adjustment.

Finally, I learnt that a little self-compassion never goes amiss.  Change is hard.  I have learnt a lot about myself in the process and that is always a good thing.  Next time I will be more efficient as a result of what I have learnt this time around.

On the plus side there have also been many advantages and good things that have come from this period of change, and that is usually the case with change.  You have to get through the obstacles to reach the good stuff!

If you are dealing with change, go easy on yourself, have patience and have a good plan in place.

“Some people don’t like change.  But you need to embrace change if the alternative is disaster.”

Elon Musk.