Careers are challenging. They take up the majority of our week and are generally the most routine activity we undertake (outside of family responsibilities). It is therefore understandable that you want a career and a job that not only you enjoy doing, but also enjoy doing regularly.
Embracing the change for a more fruitful career can be even more challenging that your current situation, however here are some of my top tips to consider if you are contemplating a change of career or role:
1. Be patient
Job searching and looking for the next step is time consuming, stressful and emotional. Be patient with such activities as opportunities will come your way. Identify your strengths and keep in touch with your network regularly for support and advice. Reach out to previous employers and work friends who can help you to achieve new experiences and challenges to boost your career.
2. Be curious
Be curious and open to ideas. Always. By doing this you open your mind to continuous learning as well potential opportunities. Your personal and professional barriers may be restricting your career opportunities so keep an open mind on how exploration can open new doors.
3. It’s okay to move
Leaving your comfort zone and current working environment can be a difficult decision. Your comfort zone is called that for a reason, however curiosity and new opportunities are the perfect place to develop skills and increase your knowledge to improve your career. New opportunities and new environments offer improvement and development opportunities. A new scene can change your career outlook as well as your perspective on your personal life too.
4. Believe in yourself
It all starts with you as the owner of your career. Start with your strengths and achievements. Write them down and remind yourself of your successes. Be proud of what you have achieved and how far you have come. Leverage off your strengths to impress future employers and to build your resilience and self-confidence.
5. Don’t be too hard on yourself
This is my number one advice. It’s easy to focus on the negatives and dwell on how things could have been better or where you could have improved, however work environments are not easy. Colleagues, team members, managers as well as clients and customers can make your working days (and even your weekends) difficult at times. Build your resilience during the challenging times and shine through the positive moments to boost your confidence to move forward.
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