There may come a time in your career when you just begin to feel uncomfortable with your career.
Everything may be going smoothly with your career, but you just suddenly begin to have this feeling of uneasiness, like that’s not where you are meant to be.
You feel stuck, and you desperately want to change your career, but you’re hesitant because you’ve always had the popular notion that everybody has to choose a single career and stick with it till the end.
The good news is that the notion of sticking to one career at all cost is only a myth and you can successfully change your career. To get this done, below are some tips to help you make the right choice:
Understand that it’s normal
The first thing you want to do when you start feeling unhappy and probably unwilling to continue with your career is to understand that there’s nothing wrong with you and you’re not alone.
Most people begin their career journeys when they are very young, and it’s no surprise that the things that meant the world to you when you were 18 or 20 years old may not be the same as when you are in your thirties or even fifties.
So, at the early stages of your life, your present career might have been the “perfect career” for you; just not anymore. It happens quite often and is very normal.
Deciding to change career path is a critical decision, and as such, there will always be that little negative voice inside of you that will keep trying to tell you it won’t work out.
We all have that voice that keeps giving us reasons we might fail.
Don’t listen to your inner critic trying to berate you for not knowing what you want; because you actually do. It’s just that what you used to want has changed and you shouldn’t be shy to chase your new dream. Believe you’ll succeed at it and you will.
Follow your vision
You might no longer love your career as you once used to and just want to change it as soon as possible. But, you should be careful to not let your critics win.
Don’t just be too eager to jump out of your current career and into the next available on, as you might soon get fed up of the new one too.
Take your time to write down your goals and be as specific as possible with them. If you’re the type that naturally likes to be left alone most times, you wouldn’t want to build a career in marketing. In your hunt, only look for opportunities that capture your goals and vision.
Try as much as you can to ensure you’re running to your new career; not just running from the old one. That’s to say you should already have your dream career within reach before you move.
If you find it difficult deciding what you want but you just know you want a change, discuss your situation with a career counselor
If you’ve been feeling stuck in your career with no idea of what to do next, now you have answers to your “what next?” question.