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.