Do you feel disillusioned by your career? Do you sometimes catch yourself thinking “is this all there is?”.
You had all these expectations about your career, but now that you’ve “made it”, it just feels different. Whether it’s the office politics that get you down, the monotony of your job, a lack of freedom and autonomy, or simply a lack of caring about the work you do, you know you want something else…
BUT you’re not sure what that something else is.
In this video, I’m sharing how to get started with figuring out the next step(s) of your career if you want to make a career change.
You can watch the video below, or if you prefer to read: you’ll find the transcription below the video.
Hey, it’s Iris, helping you to find your passion and make it your work.
I think you’re going to like today’s video if you know you want to make a career change, but you don’t know where to get started, because you don’t know what else to do with your career.
So I’m going to share a few tips with you to help you get unstuck, and get you started. But before I do that, as always, if you like this video, please hit that thumbs up button and subscribe to my channel. It helps me a lot to help me grow my channel, so I’m eternally grateful if you hit that thumbs up button, and subscribe to my channel.
All right, enough talking, let’s get to it.
The key to making a career change
So, knowing that you want to make a career change, but not knowing what else to do with your career is very common, I see this a lot.
And before I give you a bit of clarity, before I help you to get unstuck, I want to share something else with you that’s very important. And that this:
Most people tend to think that they need to have it all figured out, they need to know exactly what they’re going to do before they start moving, before they start taking action.
So, they want to have it all figured out.
Now, I understand that you want to have some clarity about what might be next for you, but for most people, it doesn’t stop with just that “some clarity”, they want to know exactly what it is that they’re going to do. They want to have a job title, and they want to know which companies they could be working for.
And without knowing this, they won’t start. They won’t take action.
And here’s the thing I wanted to share with you. Here’s something I want you to know: you don’t need to have it all figured out!
Honestly, you don’t need to have it all figured out.
In fact, the biggest mistake you can make is waiting for that clarity to arrive, waiting with taking those first steps, delaying taking those first steps until you have that clarity.
So, a lot of research has been done around making a career change, how to make that happen. And what this research has taught us is that:
We don’t need to meticulously plan every step of the way from A to B, before we start taking action, we don’t need to know the destination.
We don’t need to know what it is exactly that we’re going to do.
And that when you’re feeling stuck, you’re not going to get that clarity that you so desperately want from prolonged periods of internal reflection and figuring out who you are, and what you should be doing with your life.
No, you need to start taking action, because you learn that by doing, by being out in the real world, taking action and experimenting with different things.
Now think about it, this might be a bit of a silly example, but if you’re standing on a street and you want to start walking, what do you do?
Well, most of us just take that first step.
They don’t start thinking about how that first step would work, or if they need to use their left or right foot first. They just start moving and that’s what you need to do as well. You just need to start moving.
Making a career change: where to start
And I hear you ask:
”But, okay, so how do I take that first step? How do I just start moving?”
Well, here’s the thing:
You start with something that you are interested in and something that you care about.
“But I don’t know what I’m interested in,” I hear you say, and that’s where this video comes in, because you can identify something that you’re interested in. You can identify interests by looking into the following areas:
Topics or subject matters that you are genuinely interested and curious about.
Wrongs or issues in the world.
Unfulfilled needs, or demands in the market.
People or businesses, or…
Crazy or untested dreams.
So ask yourself the following questions.
“What things or topics am I genuinely interested in? What do I like to learn more about, talk about, read about, listen to podcast about, watch documentaries about?”
“What have I experienced in my life or career that I’d like to share with others, or help others with?”
“What wrongs or issues do I see in the world that I feel strongly about, and would be interested to do something about?”
“What unfulfilled need or demand do I see in the market that I’d be interested in doing something about?”
“Which people or entrepreneurs do I envy, and which businesses do I genuinely wish I’d co-founded?”
“What unfulfilled or untested, maybe even crazy dreams do I have?”
Now go crazy, the sky is the limit. Honestly, don’t limit yourself there.
I want you to come up with as many things as you possibly can.
And once you’ve done that, I want you to have a look at all those things that you’ve written down and ask yourself, “Which ones of these do intuitively jump out? Which ones am I intuitively drawn to?”
And then also ask yourself, “Which ones of these do I really care about? Which ones of these do I generally care about?”
What most people don’t realise about finding fulfilling work…
Because we often think that finding fulfilling work, finding work that we love is about doing what’s most fun, what’s brings us most joy, but that’s not necessarily the case.
Finding fulfilling work can be about figuring out what you really care about and doing that, figuring out what you genuinely care about and then go and do that.
So, there you go: this is your starting point for making a career change for finding work you love.
Now, I know it’s not the whole story. This video would be a little bit too short to talk about the whole story, but it is a starting point.
Now, if you want some support from me to help you go from the starting point to making a full career change, then hop on over to my website, Irissmyth.com, where you can find out more about working with me.
I’m also planning to launch a self-study course at the start of 2021 to help you make a career change, to give you the clarity, structure and confidence to make a big change to your career.
So, if you’re interested in that, then make sure you hop on over to my website, sign up for my email list, and you’ll be the first to hear about it.
Thank you so much for watching. I’ll see you again next week. Bye.
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