This time of year can evoke some people to start thinking about their career change.
Maybe you’ve been thinking about it for a long time (as I know some of my clients have), yet you’re stuck in how to move forward. This week guest blogger and career coach, Sarah Robinson is going to impart her wisdom to help you move forward and really shake a tail feather on getting this area of your life moving.
Over to Sarah…
Have you found yourself sabotaging your efforts to make big changes in your career – maybe without realising it? You long for freedom but crave financial security, you’re worried about making the wrong choice, or the whole thing is just too damn scary!
As a career coach, I support individuals who are looking to make positive changes in their career but often feel overwhelmed or stuck with the whole process. So how do you stop stalling and regain some momentum with your career goals?
If you’re excited, energised and genuinely curious about the prospect of making changes in your career, then you’ll be better prepared to invest the time needed to properly research and explore. If you’re feeling like it’s a chore, or deflated with the effort it’s taking, you’ll be reluctant to go the extra mile needed to see progress. Revisit your ideas and check in to see if what you really want is floating your boat!
Dive in & Explore!
Have the courage to take action and try some of your career ideas out. Rather than expect that bolt of inspirational lightning to strike, reach out to people, make connections and have experiences. The momentum and insight will come when you get started.
Research thoroughly, attend an event, watch a webinar, subscribe to relevant newsletters or social media updates. Talk to people about what they do and how their industry works and recruits, work shadow for an afternoon, request an informational interview/meeting, explore volunteering in your spare time…
Plan your Transition
It takes time, energy, commitment and patience to make changes in your career; from understanding yourself, aligning your interests with your ideas and values, through to engaging with recruitment processes.
You need to have some plan in place to help the transition from one career to another. What short term and longer term goals do you want to put in place for yourself? How will you know you’re making progress and are still on track?
Don’t do it alone!
It’s not about you having all the answers, but connecting with people who can help you navigate a smoother path. Review how your social and professional networks can assist you with generating ideas and insight.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://sarah-robinson.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Sarah2.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Since 1995, I’ve developed expertise in careers guidance, coaching, mentoring, management, recruitment and training, and am passionate about motivating people to develop and shine in their working lives. I coach mainly graduate, professional and senior management clients across the UK, from all sectors and business areas. Alongside my coaching practice, I’m a busy mum and currently work part-time as a Careers Consultant and Team Leader for a top, West Midlands University Careers Service. I’ve worked within higher education settings in a variety of roles, including a fully qualified, experienced Careers Consultant, Mentor, Trainer and Manager. A career coach or mentor can assist you to reflect and understand what you can offer, help you to explore ideas, plan and work towards goals, keep you on track and accountable. It can be the boost your motivation and confidence needs to stop you from stalling again!
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A career coach or mentor can assist you to reflect and understand what you can offer, help you to explore ideas, plan and work towards goals, keep you on track and accountable. It can be the boost your motivation and confidence needs to stop you from stalling again!