If you’ve been considering making a career change, you might be feeling more than a little anxiety. And I get it. Making a career change can feel a bit like jumping into the deep end when you only know how to dog paddle.
Before making my first career pivot (I was working in operations management and made the decision to transition into human resources), I remember thinking daily, “This cannot be what work is all about” and “There has to be something better.” But still, something held me back. Well, more than one something:
At least that’s how my manager put it when they flat-out told me NO. They told me I was good at being an operations manager and I should continue on that path. But still…I didn’t love it.
So I identified what I did have:
Knowing that union experience was critical to my company’s view of HR, I transitioned to a new role within the company as an operations manager leading a union team. This experience not only allowed me to understand how the business works with a union but also provided the opportunity to partner with HR leaders (one of which became my mentor and opened the door into HR).
Then, a junior-level HR manager role opened at a location (in The-Middle-of-Nowhere) that no one wanted to move to. But I raised my hand and said, “Me!” Since I now had operational union experience and an HR mentor who was advocating for me, I was able to interview for the role. And that’s how I moved to the middle of nowhere, learned HR from the ground up, and took the first step toward changing the rest of my career outlook.
If you’re wondering if it’s time for you to do the same, here are…
If any of the above sounds like your current situation, it’s time to consider making a career change and discovering all the positive benefits you can experience from making one. But getting there often seems trickier than it actually is.
Of all the clients I’ve worked with, I’ve noticed patterns that most of them experience when thinking about switching careers.
1. Lack of confidence or a fixed mindset
A lot of times people come to me and say, “Jenn, I just don’t have the confidence to make a change.”
But the thing is: Confidence is the result of action.
Contrary to what you may have been told before, confidence is not something we’re born with. It’s the result of making a commitment, taking action, getting good at what you’re doing, and building on your experience. Taking action (even when you don’t feel confident yet) will kickstart your confidence.
2. Fear of failure
Whew. This is a big one. Fear of failure holds more people back from making a career change than anything else. And it makes sense! Our brains are wired to protect us from hurt. And frankly, failure hurts. So it can be challenging to take a step toward something that may or may not work out in our favor.
But inaction breeds more fear, more doubt, more overthinking, more feeling stuck.
One way to move beyond thoughts of fear and failure is to notice and reframe it as an “experiment.” If you fail, you’re simply a scientist, and failure has taught you something new! Because the beautiful thing about failure is that it’s entirely up to us to decide how to look at it. Give yourself permission to try, to experiment, to learn—eventually, your fear will transform into the faith that you can do it after all.
3. Unfocused job-seeking
Lacking a clear sense of direction in your job search is a lot like trying to pack for vacation without knowing if you’re going to a chalet in the mountains or to the beach. So you just pack all the things. It’s a waste of time and energy.
Before you jump into resume updates and “doom-scrolling” big job boards, it’s important to get clear on what’s next for you. That clarity will make a world of difference.
And that’s why, as a career coach specializing in career pivots, I’ve created a recipe for making personalized + proactive career change.
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