This past week, I worked with one of my clients from the career coaching program to create her career master plan. She is a young, smart, and motivated entrepreneur finding her way in this world. She has lots of great ideas with plenty to offer the world.
As a career coach and a career reinventer myself, I can confidently say that changing your career to something that is more suited to your values, needs, skills, and interests, is doable today, even in these tough economic times. But to switch careers effectively and achieve a positive outcome, you need four things: clarity, courage, confidence, and competence.
Don't run from your career because you've broken down in it. Running away will not solve your problems – they’ll just be repeated in the next career.
Make your situation better by repairing broken relationships, finding your voice, growing out skills, and becoming more competent. Then, when you do leave, you’ll be able to achieve the next level of success.
Do solid research and explore your desired change with your accountant and financial consultant and experts in that career, to understand clearly, without emotion, the financial requirements necessary to support you through what can be years of transition. If there’s no money available, wait until you can access some.
If you want to make a career switch, do it! You don't need to wait for someone to select you for a job to start building experience and making progress in your new field. Learn how to get started on your own path to success today.
In this ever-changing marketplace, chances are you’ll never feel 100% prepared.
If your next step is unclear, the best way to find clarity is to move forward. Your view of the situation and potential solutions will be clearer when you're in the middle of it rather than when you’re on the outside looking in.