How Do You Know You Are Ready for a Career Change ?
One of the most daunting things many people face when they are considering the career goals of a manager is whether they should change their career.
Taking a risk is scary, and can lead to failure. This is one of the main reasons contributing to managers being stuck, and not being able to change their careers. It can also be a self-fulfilling goal where you think you are going to failure, and you do.
The reasons why you might be ready for a change are many. Your career goals of a manager may have shifted, and you no longer feel fulfilled or happy. You may be bored or feel underutilized. You may also feel undervalued and unappreciated.
Whatever the reason, a change may just be the thing to bring about vitality and purpose to your life, but how can you deal with the fear of failure? Let’s face it, change is another word for challenge, and challenges make our lives difficult and, in many respects, unstable.
Be Prepared for an Exciting Adventure
Across the world, one important factor that stops managers from changing their careers is a fear of failure. But, what if you changed your mindset, and looked at change as an invitation to do something new and exciting?
A change in career brings about new learning experiences. It offers new opportunities to evolve as a person, but also as a professional. You will see a side of yourself that you may need to change, and also one you can be proud of too.
If you look at the change as something new and exciting, you’ll find you are no longer feeling so afraid.
Work On Your Strengths
The best way to succeed at change is to work on your strengths. Don’t try to copy or imitate anyone else; this will only make you look silly and you then you are sure to fail. Instead, use your strengths to build your confidence, and better prepare yourself for the changes ahead.
Look beyond the surface strengths, and dig deeper. Sure, you are great at setting up an Excel document, and tracking inventory, for example, but what strengths made these practical things happen?
Are you curious, and has this led to you finding out how to do interesting things that others haven’t heard of before?
Are you determined and show great perseverance? Do you have what it takes to fulfil the new role?
If you are not sure find out what is required to do the work well, and learn what it is you need to do. Perhaps you need to learn new practical skills or perhaps you need to find the qualities that others have who have succeeded.
Make Sure You Know Exactly What You Want
Knowing exactly what you want will help you set clear goals. Now, when I say ‘exactly’ I mean it.
Make a note of every detail and create a vision of what this new career will be like. What will your office look like? Where will it be positioned in the building? What will you wear? How will you get to work?
You may believe that these details might not matter, but when you have a very clear idea of what you want, it gives you a greater sense of purpose and an exact path.
Now, you may not end up on the exact path you envisioned, but you are flexible and reasonable in your expectations.
You can overcome this sense of failure and alter the way you look at change so that it is exciting and appealing. You are confident in your own strengths, and know the areas you have to work on.
And always remember:
Great managers are made. Not born.
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