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For decades, it’s been the norm to see people journeying along the same career path from college to retirement. Times and trends are changing, and women are now more career-oriented than ever. Yet, job hopping has become a survival tactic as today’s markets experience massive industry and job downsizing. Whether by choice or force, it may be time to tie up those sneakers and leap onto a new career path.
As a professional, it may be daunting to switch to another career after years of climbing a ladder or building a clientele. While it may cause anxiety, finding fulfillment and success in another role is not impossible to achieve.
Consider these tips as you navigate a career change:
1. Take It as a New Challenge or Beginning
Life is never static, and neither are careers. When you experience a job loss; it might seem like the end of the road. Instead, embrace the opportunity to pursue a new career as an exciting shift and a chance to learn, grow and experience something new. Disconnect from stressful thoughts and focus on this unique opportunity with a clear and focused mind. BUT remember to give yourself the gift of grace, a challenge is a challenge after all.
2. Shift Your Identity
Transitions create anxiety. A professional leaving their career may question their self-worth, identity or their abilities. Train your mind to avoid depression and mentally prepare for a career shift by aligning your value and self-worth to your humanity and not to your profession. Take some time out to assess who you are as a person, what you find fulfilling and how you want to spend your time, then look for a career that fits those wants and needs.
3. Embrace and Adapt to the Gig Economy
You may have left your job, but your intellectual skills, knowledge and experience remain. Perhaps you’ve always maintained a full time position but felt drained at the end of each week, if so consider the gig economy and project based opportunities. Apply your current skills, knowledge and experience to the jobs coming your way, and work on a project-to-project basis. Keep your skills sharp, be hands-on with the new challenges, and the right opportunities will eventually come your way.
4. Be A Lifelong Learner
Lifelong learning looks good on everyone! New jobs may require updated skills. Being open to training opportunities is a must in today’s fast paced world, and makes you a more desirable candidate. The ability to adapt to new information and embrace new concepts and strategies will help you settle into your new role.