Sometimes we are forced into making a career change because of situations that are out of our control.Sometimes we want to change career paths but are afraid to make it happen and don’t know how to make that first leap! Here are some basic steps to get you onto your your next exciting adventure!
GO FOR IT! Think of all the things that you EVER wanted to do in your career! If you still have the physical ability to do that certain career, GO FOR IT! If not, then you might have to think of another version of that same career path that fits with your situation at this time in your life. Sometimes we would have to go back to college to get training for that career you always wanted and if you are in your 60s, you may not want to tackle that debt or cost. If this is the case, then think of another way you can accomplish something similar that won’t deplete your bank account! This is the most exciting part of this journey…..thinking of all of your options!
STRATEGY! Do your research on things you can do, but don’t think you have to be the expert. How do you climb a mountain? One step at a time! Give yourself some goals to reach and make them pretty simple. Making a goal for yourself that is unattainable is a complete waste of time and will discourage you from the start. Make a game plan and have a well packed parachute with a plan B, C or even D if things don’t go quite well with plan A. Think of the worst case scenario if you DIDN’T embark on this mission!
NETWORK! Start thinking of every friend or acquaintance that may have some connections, knowledge or advice on your next career move. People love to help and you will find a huge bank of knowledge out there just waiting for you. Maybe a friend just recently changed careers. Ask them how they did it and follow their steps! You might find that one of your friends recently heard of a job that would be PERFECT for you! You never will know these things unless you network and make your intentions KNOWN to the WORLD!
FIND A MENTOR! Seek someone out that can be your coach and mentor. Think of the most successful person you know that you want to emulate. Even if you don’t really “know” them, get to know them. Make a call (yes this is kind of scary) to someone you DON’T know and ask them if they will give you some guidance in a certain career move you are thinking about! For example, if you are thinking of going into law enforcement? Well, contact the local chief of police and ask for advice! Go right to the top! Why not? You will be completely surprised on the response you will get. Want to work at Veterinarian’s office or become a Vet? Visit a Veterinarian’s office and talk to the staff! The same goes for every career path or business you want to pursue. Talk to people who are actually working in those fields or owns that business!
TAKE THE RISK! Not one successful person on the planet became successful by NOT taking risk! If you don’t take the risk of changing your circumstances, you very well may be missing out on many opportunities.
KEEP AT IT! With anything, you have to keep working at it to make your dreams happen. Don’t take no for an answer. Keep moving to the next situation until you get a yes answer. Don’t be a afraid to talk to people. What’s the worse thing that can happen? Really think about this question. If it doesn’t kill you, its not that big of deal, right?
You will find that your fear of change was pretty silly once you roll up your sleeves and start on your journey of pursuing CHANGE! Fear is just a four letter word!