I came across an interesting concept in the book "Words That Change Minds" which categorizes people into three groups based on their career choices. These groups include individuals who switch careers every five years, those who change every 10-15 years, and those who remain dedicated to their current place of work for their entire working life.
But according to career change statistics, the average person will change careers 10 to 15 times during their working years.
For women, taking a big risk and starting fresh or seeking higher pay can seem daunting after dedicating years to the same job.
In fact, we spend roughly 90,000 hours of our lives working. It's necessary to work in order to contribute to society and the world. However, if we're spending so much time on something that doesn't bring us happiness, fulfillment, enough income or even causes us to dislike it, it can have a negative impact on our lives. This negativity can spread like a disease, affecting not only our own lives but those around us.
Now imagine that about 50% of people hate their jobs, which means they’re in the wrong place and possibly taking someone else’s spot, who might love to do what they are doing.
Hey, just wanted to remind you that it's totally possible to find a job you actually love. I mean, there are people out there who enjoy working in some pretty unique fields - think undertakers, coroners, and forensic pathologists. So, there's definitely someone out there who would love to do the job you're not so crazy about, like being a clerk or accountant. Maybe it's time to give someone else that opportunity and find something that makes you happier and more excited to go to work every day.
The good news is that the number of people who hate their jobs is decreasing. So it seems like we are finally able to break through some limiting beliefs about money and passion, and more of us are sticking with our gut on what we should do in our lives and not afraid to try to find our passion.
Don’t get me wrong here. It takes time for most of us to realize what we love to do and what we are talented at. That is why our life is a journey during which we can learn and discover our possibilities and potential. It's completely normal to switch jobs or careers while exploring and discovering your true passion. But what I ask from you is that you don’t get stuck at the job or career you absolutely hate or feel is not what you were meant to do. Keep on searching.
If you're a woman who's thinking about making a career change, don't let fear hold you back. It's never too late to pursue your dreams and find a job that truly makes you happy. Here are some tips to get you started.
Identify Your Fears
To conquer your fears, start by recognizing them. What is preventing you from exploring a different profession? Are you afraid of not succeeding? Are you scared of what lies ahead? Jot down your fears and analyze their origins. Share your concerns with a trusted friend or a life and career mentor. Finally, ask yourself, "What if everything goes well?"
Take a moment to think about your job and what you like and don't like about it. Then, think about what you're really good at and what makes you unique. Jot down a list of all your skills and qualities, and don't be too hard on yourself - give yourself some credit! You can even ask your close friends and fam to help you out. Once you have all these ideas, pick out three to five skills or qualities that you're really good at or enjoy using the most. Then, brainstorm some jobs that will let you use those skills and make a list of possible careers to explore.
Do Your Research
Look into the industry you're interested in and figure out what skills and experience you'll need to succeed. Talk to people who work in that field and get their advice. Ask if you need to get certified or take some classes. Research possibilities to get hired first and then ask your employer to send you to get certified or take needed classes.
Networking is key when it comes to changing careers. One great way to do this is by attending industry events and joining professional organizations. Plus, don't forget to connect with people on LinkedIn! You never know who might be able to offer some helpful advice or even hook you up with a job. I've had some clients who landed new jobs after going to networking events. Even if it feels a bit awkward at first, putting yourself out there can really pay off in the long run. So don't be afraid to take the plunge and start building those connections!
Believe in Yourself
Being confident does not mean you are cocky, arrogant, or conceited. Instead, confidence is the belief that you have what it takes. Being confident can actually make you more open about your weaknesses, which lets you work on them and get even better. Plus, it helps you stay true to yourself without worrying too much about what other people think. If you're switching to a new career, it's totally normal to feel nervous or unsure, but try to remember that you've got skills and experience that can be useful in lots of different industries. You got this!
Take Calculated Risks
It's a good idea to be smart about it. Don't just up and quit your current job without a game plan. Make sure you have enough savings to support yourself during the transition period. You can also get some experience and beef up your resume by taking on part-time or freelance work in your new field. It's all about taking calculated risks!
Changing careers can be scary, especially for women who face unique challenges in the workforce. However, with the right mindset and approach, it can also be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Identify your fears, take inventory, do your research, network, believe in yourself, and take calculated risks. Remember that it is never too late to pursue your passions and achieve your career goals.
Last but not least:
Remember, it's never too late to embark on a new career path. Avoid comparing yourself to others, as everyone's journey is unique. Despite the obstacles you may encounter, don't give up and remain persistent in pursuing your goals. Remember to acknowledge and celebrate your accomplishments, no matter how small they may seem.
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