How to Choose a Different Career Path and Move Forward Positively
By Antonietta Marinelli | March 05, 2022
Moving into a different field of work can be nerve-racking, daunting even. As individuals, we overthink the worst of shifting into a different line of work and how it will fail, rather than how it can be a positive outcome. We question if we will be able to adapt and excel to the best of our abilities in a field in which we hold no experience, or little in. Fortunately for some of us, we know from the get-go what we want to do, but many of us struggle to figure out what path to take is the right one. here are many reasons people want to switch careers. You may be looking to grow, feel that you have advanced as much as you can in your current job or feel burned out (Pohle, 2021).
In 2015 and 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics provided data in which reported more than six million people decided to change occupations (Pohle, 2021). Over the last 24 months, we’ve all adapted to the lifestyle of remote learning and work, with a lot of job titles and roles being taken into consideration, with many individuals wanting to venture out and experience a new career path, or skill.
There are many reasons as to why you may want a change of pace within your career. It could be that you’re no longer feeling challenged within your current role, you’re being underpaid for time and efforts you put in, or you’re not enjoying work, which is preventing you from growing. Statistics have long suggested that working professionals will have up to seven career changes in their lifetime (D.R. McKay, 2020), and being able to work in several roles in different organisations gives us experience and growth alone.
Grow your network and find out what you engage best with.
Networking is like a train. You hand over your ticket, stepped onto the train, find yourself a carriage with people that appear to be of your liking, fill that time spent engaging in intellectual conversation and stimulating topics, and then finally the train comes to a stop – leading you onto your next destination (your future!).
Ask yourself the important questions
Those who explore their options yet question themselves at the same time are more than likely on the right path to figuring out what they may want to do. They thrive by exploring their strengths, motivations, like and dislikes.
To ensure that you forge ahead based on a thoughtful appraisal (rather than blindly following what you think others say you “should” be doing) employ an honest self-evaluation. Ask yourself questions such as:
- What would I rather be investing my time and energy in?
- What is my personal mission?
- What are my top three values?
- What pivotal experiences have made me who am I today?
- What obstacles stand in the way of me making a career change?
- What strengths can I draw on during my transition?
These big, open-ended questions are specifically designed to provoke creative thinking and help you get in touch with the roots of your personal preferences and natural drives. You won’t arrive at the answers overnight, but the more you think about them, the more you’ll gain the clarity you need to get unstuck and move forward with your transition. (Wilding, 2020)
Remember, time is precious, but also so is the time you spend in a role in which you may not suit. The effort you make to pursue more meaningful work, is the kind of work in which energizes you and allows you to remain stimulated. Regardless of how challenging your career change journey may be, it is worth it in the end if you are within a role in which allows you to grow more only in your career, but in yourself.
- Pohle, A. 2021. How To Change Careers: Find What to Pursue. The Wall Street Journal. [Accessed 10 February 2022] How To Change Careers: Find What to Pursue
- McKay., D.R. 2020. How Often Do People Change Careers? The Balance Careersriting as Therapy. PSYCOM. [Accessed 3 February 2022] How Often Do People Change Careers? The Balance Careersriting as Therapy. PSYCOM
- Wilding, M.J., How to Realistically Change Careers When Your Current Job Totally Drains You. The Muse. [Accessed 10 February 2022] How to Realistically Change Careers When Your Current Job Totally Drains You