Hey everyone! I’m back!
After a year of no new videos… because, well, I had a baby, I’m finally back here with shiny new videos, and in today’s video I’m going to share 10 things you NEED to know if you’re thinking about changing careers.
By the end of the video, you’ll be armed with some really useful tips and strategies that can help you to find a new job or career that you actually care about, and challenges you to your full potential.
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Career Change at 30+ | 10 things you MUST know
Over the years I’ve helped hundreds of uninspired corporate professionals make big changes to their careers, so they finally got to do something that they enjoy and that they care about.
I’ll be sharing 10 of the most important things that have helped them in this video, and I hope that it’ll help you too.
Because… let’s be honest, between you and me.
We only have one life, and you never know when it will be over. It could be 6 months, 6 years, or 6 decades from now.
Life is finite.
So don’t settle for something that is just so so, something that doesn’t let your full potential come out.
Don’t settle for something that makes you miserable, something that makes you live for the weekends and holidays.
There are 7 days in a week, don’t waste 5 of them in a job or career that you don’t like or that doesn’t get the best out of you.
Life is too precious for that.
And you can do work that you love, work that you care about, that lets you make an impact, that lets you make a difference.
Don’t know where to start?
Here are 10 tips to help you on the way.
#1 DON’T try to figure out your ONE true passion
We humans are multi-faceted beings. We’re all drawn to multiple things. We all like a variety of things.
Don’t limit yourself by thinking that you must find this ONE thing that makes you tick, this one thing that you must do with your career.
Most people have more than one thing that they are interested in, more than one thing that they care about.
Most people have more than one potential career in them.
This is an important thing to realise.
I guarantee you that there’s not just ONE career path, ONE thing, that could fulfill you, and get the best out of you.
So, don’t try to find that ONE thing that will change everything.
#2 DO start with your interests
Yes, interestssss: plural.
The starting point for finding work you love, and for finding your passion, for that matter, are your interests.
I’ve done a whole video on how to find your passion, and I recommend you watch it after you’ve finished watching this one.
So, starting with your interests, what does that mean?
It’s quite simple: ask yourself the following 5 questions, and write down all the things that come up.
What things fascinate me?
What things do I like reading about?
If someone were to ask me to talk about something, anything, I’m interested in for 5 minutes, what would that be?
What things would I love to learn more about?
What issues or problems in the world really get to me?
The answers that come up are your starting point.
So, what’s next? Well, let me tell you what NOT to do.
Where the majority of people go wrong, is that they get really fixated on job titles. They want to know exactly what they’re after before they do anything else.
And as a result they get stuck in analysis paralysis.
Let me tell you: you are very very very very very unlikely going to figure out what you want to do next by sitting at home, reading career books, doing personality tests, and making lists of jobs that you think sound cool.
And don’t just take it from me.
Research at Harvard has shown that those people who go on to make successful and sustainable midlife career changes, are not the ones who come up with some kind of grandiose plan, where every step has been carefully analysed and planned.
No, the ones who make successful and sustainable career changes are the curious, open-minded ones. The ones who start with a few interests, and then commit themselves to learning more about this, one step at a time – without trying to predict what job title is at the end.
Tip #4: follow your interests
One of the people I helped change careers found out he was most interested in 2 things: entrepreneurship and homelessness.
Instead of overanalysing things, and trying to come up with job titles that would suit his experience and skill set, he went out and spoke to as many people as he could who worked in those fields, and who he thought were doing interesting things.
He learnt as much as he could about these fields of work, and offered his time to projects and companies that he was interested in.
Long story short: by doing all of this, he learnt what types of roles were available, and where his specific experience and skills could make a difference.
He also found out that he was much more drawn to working in the field of homelessness than in entrepreneurship,, and ended up finding a great role at a company that helps to end homelessness.
Tip #5: DON’T focus on job boards
Job boards are the least effective way to find a job – especially when you’re changing careers.
It’s been estimated that your chances of finding a job through a job board are less than 1 in 1000.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t like those odds.
Tip #6 DO focus on people
The best way to find a new job, especially when changing careers, is through other people.
Yep, I’m talking about networking.
I have another video in which I talk about how to find a new job without the use of job boards, and I recommend you check it out. I’ll leave the link to that video in the description below this video.
The next two tips go hand in hand, so I’m going to share them with you in unison.
Tip #7 DON’T set goals
Tip #8 DO set systems
If you’ve read Atomic Habits, you’ll know that the genius who came up with this is in fact James Clear.
And hey, if you’ve read the book, and are a massive fan too, pls let me know in the comments!
So, in Atomic Habits, James Clear says:
“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Your goal is your desired outcome. … This year, spend less time focusing on outcomes and more time focusing on the habits that precede the results.”
And it couldn’t be better advice for changing careers.
Focus less on the ultimate goal of getting a new job in a new field of work.
Instead, focus more on the things that will help you get there:
Follow your interests
Sign up for courses to learn more about these things
Expand your network
Have coffees (or virtual coffees) with people who work in a field that you’re interested in
Offer your time to projects and companies
Start passion projects to build new valuable skills that you might need
Tip #9: DON’T get in your own way
Very often the biggest obstacle to making a career change is YOU.
So make a commitment to get out of your own way.
Don’t tell yourself stories that aren’t true, like
“I’m too old to change careers”.
Literally thousands and thousands and thousands of people have made midlife career changes, and you can do it too.
Don’t let the fact that you don’t know what’s next for you hold you back.
Don’t let a lack of experience in a new field hold you back.
Tip #10: Do believe you can do this
All it takes is one. small. step. at. a. time.
Changing careers isn’t rocket science. You just need to start small, start with your interests, follow them, do the right things like speak with as many people as you can, and learn as much as you can about it.
I know you can do this, and I need you to believe it too.
If want some extra support – check out my upcoming LIVE online workshop called: How To Find The Right Job/Career (when changing careers).
In this workshop I’ll share the 3-step process to work out what job or career suits you best.
I’ll add the link to the workshop below this video, and hope to see you there LIVE.
Thank you so much for watching! If you liked this video, please like & subscribe, and if you want more on changing careers, watch this video here in which I share the 3 biggest mistakes you can make when you’re changing careers.
See you next Wednesday!
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