Making a career switch is more common than you think. According to one survey, 58% of employees are willing to switch industries, even if this means getting a pay cut. Of course, this doesn’t eliminate the fact that changing careers can be a scary and overwhelming process, so much so that a person is likely to delay it for years before they finally act on their desire.
Are you thinking of making a career change but are afraid to take the necessary steps? Here’s how you can overcome your fear.
Make a List
Making a “pros vs. cons” list may not be the best way to decide the fate of your romantic relationships (think Ross from Friends), but it can come super handy when trying to evaluate your career growth and goals. If you’re facing extreme indecisiveness about switching careers, then one way to address your indecision is by creating a list highlighting both the advantages and disadvantages of your actions.
Make a list weighing all possible options & consequences of changing your career. Include the potential challenges you’ll face along with the obvious benefits, and compare how they’ll affect your life. Don’t forget to also include elements indicating how you feel. For instance, one pro of switching careers may be the feelings of excitement and optimism that come with pursuing what you love. On the other hand, the anxiety of starting over and adjusting to a new work environment is another factor to consider.
Stay in tune with your emotions as you create the list, addressing every possible pro and con of your decision. This will allow you to hold onto hope and positivity in moments of doubt and fear.
Take It One (Small) Step at a Time
Making a career change is rarely a spur of the moment thing. It usually happens after much deliberation and planning.
If the thought of leaving your current job without having a new one that you love and enjoy frightens you, then start small by setting simpler, more achievable goals. You don’t have to hand in your resignation tomorrow. Before you actually quit your job and make the big switch, try addressing your fears as you go.
For example, you can start by making a relevant phone call you’ve been putting off that’ll help strengthen your course of action, or approaching individuals who’re in the line of work you wish to be in. Take your time to research your desired career and look up related opportunities to better align your goals and work toward them.
Remember That Change Is Necessary
You know what they say; the only constant in our lives is change. Once you truly accept this, making the switch will seem less intimidating. You may still be uncertain of what will follow and have a fear of the unknown, but once you stop fighting the possibility of change, embracing a career switch will become easier.
Change is necessary for your growth, both personal and professional. Remember, failure isn’t always a negative experience and even if things don’t go exactly as planned, this will be but a stepping stone in the long-run.
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