Do you feel ready for a career change?
A change that will bring you more fulfillment and happiness in the workplace, but you still hesitate to take the first step because you feel uncertain about what’s next?
What if your “plan” fails?!
In this post, I will share 5 steps that will help you set a steady foundation so you can confidently take the next – big or small – step towards YOUR DREAM CAREER.
STEP 1 – GET CLEAR ABOUT YOUR NEXT CAREER STEP
It happens too often, job seekers make the decision to leave their current job without a clear direction. They’re in a rush to leave so they often say yes to the next job offer without having taken the time to reflect on who they are and what they really want. And, a year later, they’re back at square one, dissatisfied with their career and searching for something new.
It’s so important to take the time to self-reflect so your next career move will be the right one for you, and will set the stage for your ultimate vision.
The mistake too many job seekers make is to start the career search process without the clarity they need to make the right decision which leads to a continuous cycle of dissatisfaction.
Take the time to get clear about your next career step so you can find fulfillment and happiness in the workplace.
STEP 2 – BUILD GENUINE RELATIONSHIPS
Have you ever gone to a professional event where you’ve had superficial conversations and returned home with a stack of business cards but no real desire to reconnect with any of these professionals? This is wasted time and energy.
When you want to discover the endless career possibilities that exist in your immediate environment, yes, it’s important to meet new people, but what’s most important is to speak to the “right” people. What I mean by that is you want to connect with like-minded individuals so you can develop real and lasting relationships (at times even friendships). These connections are the ones that will eventually lead to doors opening and opportunities coming your way.
Don’t get stuck speaking to random people just to check off the “I networked” box in your list of things to do to get a new job. Take the time to identify people who genuinely pique your interest and start a conversation. You’ll be surprised at how these genuine connections will be interesting and eventually offer you valuable insights for your career search.
STEP 3 – START SAVING YOUR I.C.E. (in case of emergency) MONEY
It’s a common concern, everyone worries about their finances if they decide to leave a job that brings in a steady income.
But, what if you chose to be prepared instead of worry?
What might that look like?
We often get stuck worrying about the future when in reality, the present moment is the only thing we can actually act on. So, open up a bank account and decide to make it your “security for a career I love” savings.
And, start taking the necessary steps to make YOUR DREAM CAREER a reality.
STEP 4 – CHOOSE A TIMELINE AND TAKE ACTION BY THAT DATE – BIG OR SMALL
I heard your “yeah-buts” after that last step, and, that’s the problem. You’re letting fear and worry get in the way of YOUR DREAM, your BIG VISION.
So, choose a timeline and make it non-negotiable.
All you have to do is take one simple action to make a ripple effect.
Just one simple achievable action.
STEP 5 – BELIEVE IN YOURSELF
If you don’t believe in yourself, making YOUR DREAM CAREER become a reality will be a tough feat.
If you’re a DREAMER – someone who’s willing to try something new and who’s ready to create more fulfillment, meaning, and happiness in their career – then it’s time to believe that you can do it! Nike doesn’t just have a slogan. They know that the winners, the ones who reach their dreams also believe in themselves.
Don’t let your fears dictate your reality.
If you want to reach your dreams and know that fear seems to be standing in your way, contact me for a complimentary DREAM BIG – DREAM CAREER session and let’s discover together the next step you can take to set the foundation to make YOUR DREAM CAREER a reality.