Overcoming career change fears

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According to experts, fear is the one thing that usually stands between people and the achievement of their dreams. Although it is natural for you to be afraid of what’s to come after you change careers, you should not let this fear of yours hinder you from doing what’s best for your professional life.

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Overcoming career change fears

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  2. 2. According to experts, fear is the one thing that usually stands between people and the achievement of their dreams. Although it is natural for you to be afraid of what’s to come after you change careers, you should not let this fear of yours hinder you from doing what’s best for your professional life. This isn’t the easiest thing to do, but by following the steps below, you will be able to prepare yourself for the big changes to come and you will also have the courage to face and overcome all your fears. #1 Determine the risks of your career reinvention. Needless to say, you have to know first what’s causing you to be scared of switching careers. You can break down your fears by asking yourself these questions: - What are the advantages of pursuing a different career? - What is so scary about it? - How bad are things going to be if it turns out your decision was wrong? - How are you going to overcome the bad consequences of your decision? - What do you need to make this move less risky? #2 Understand the fact that fear is just part of the process. Don’t you ever think that you are the only coward person in the world worrying about the effects of switching careers. So many other people out there have been planning to change careers but cannot do so because of their fears. Acknowledge your own fears, but don’t them cause you to doubt yourself and your abilities. #3 Take it one step at a time. Once you have a clear idea of what you are scared about, it’s time for you address them one by one. It is very likely that your fears are all in your mind. Thus, when you have successfully dealt with your smallest fear, you will find that everything will follow, and you will have your self confidence back. This is also what life or career coaches do. They allow you first to look deep in yourself so you could see what’s bothering you the most. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself because this could just make things worse for you. #4 Forget about the past and live in the present. Many of those who are hesitant about changing careers have had bad experiences in their work and careers. Perhaps they were once told by their superiors that they were not valuable members of the team, and that they needed a lot of work to do to become better. If such incidents have happened to you in the past as well, you had better put them all behind you. Instead, look at what you have accomplished and keep believing that you have what it takes to succeed in any career you wish to pursue. Are you now ready to pursue a different career path? It doesn’t matter if you don’t think your present job is the right fit for you or you just want to try your luck in a different field; taking your career in a new direction can make you either satisfied or miserable. Thus, it is important that you
  3. 3. come up with a concrete plan on how you are going to change careers. What you will read below are the common mistakes career changers make that you have to avoid to make sure you don’t ruin your chances of having a more fulfilling career. Switching careers just to run away from a terrible job. We all experience being in a terrible work environment and situation, but this should not drive us to find a different career to pursue. If you are unhappy with your current job, there are ways you can address this. First of all, you need to identify what it is that’s making you feel miserable at work. If you have issues with your coworker or even your employers, you should at least try first to talk things over. At times, looking for another job in the same field is a great solution to workplace stress. Not having a plan of action. If you are serious about pursuing a different career, you may be tempted to just go for a popular or familiar one. Actually doing it is a clear sign that you don’t have any clear career plan. If this is the case, you may just end up being farther from the right career track. You can avoid this by doing intensive research first. Once you have made an assessment of your own skills and character traits, look around for a job or career where your qualities will fit. Think hard before making decisions, or better yet, consult anyone who has more knowledge about career planning. Expecting to be an instant success. Anyone who decides to change careers need to accept the fact that they may have to start from the bottom once again. This isn’t easy to do, especially if you have established yourself in your current industry. But take note that you will not be who you used to be in a different field. Thus, be ready to start from scratch and work your way to be on the top again. Taking for granted the need for training. Changing careers usually means having to acquire new knowledge and skills. This makes a lot of sense because the skills you may have developed over a period of time in your job may not be what your new career demands. Thus, you have to be open to the idea of perhaps going back to school to get some certification, or even the need to invest in skills training and programs. Otherwise, you will have no other choice but to go for a career where advancement is almost impossible. Considering how tight the competition in the job market is, it could be hard for you to obtain immediate success and complete satisfaction in your job. Thus, you should not stop looking for ways you could create opportunities to advance your own career. It is important that you invest in developing your skills so that you will possess all the qualifications and traits that employers are looking for in a job candidate. Otherwise, you may end up getting stuck in your career. Learn these mistakes that other people make, which then prevent them from moving up in their jobs and careers. 1. Unwillingness to confront change. In many cases, you will only be able to find great opportunities for your career if you willingly get out of your comfort zone. If you take a look at the most successful people around you and try to know their past, you will discover that all of them have had to take risks and do things they were not comfortable with. Change is a chance for you to learn new things, so you should not avoid it, but instead embrace it and use it as a tool for developing yourself. 2. Resistance to maturity and development.
  4. 4. If you have been doing the same job for the last 10 or 15 years, you should ask yourself what is actually keeping you in that job. Of course it is possible that you are so passionate about your job that you feel it is what you want to do for the rest of your life. But then again, there is also a possibility that you just don’t want to bother leaving your current career and finding something else. You may not like the idea of having to train once again to qualify for another job or career. When you do this, you are actually preventing yourself from learning and acquiring new and more valuable skills. 3. Reluctance to market oneself. Even if you are employed, you shouldn’t stop marketing or promoting yourself. This doesn’t mean that you should make it known to everyone that you are looking for a new job, though. What is meant here is that as you meet other professionals even in other fields, you should not hesitate to talk about yourself and share your expert opinions. Aim to grab people’s attention with your wit and experience. By doing this, you are giving them reasons to remember you and want to work with you in the future. This is a huge advantage on your part, especially if the time comes that you feel you are ready for changing careers already. This way, you will not have a hard time looking for a place to go, because they will actually be the ones to chase you.

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