When it comes to our jobs, security and stability are often paramount concerns. We must weigh our responsibilities and commitments that need to be taken care of. In ensuring a secure future, we dutifully plan our careers, with projections for where we will be in five, 10, even 20 years from now.
There is nothing wrong in that, but the problem becomes when all that we have considered tried and true leaves us jaded and burned out.
Suddenly, our comfort zones are a source of discomfort.
Leadership development and CEO coach and consultant Lolly Daskal provides advice on the best plan of action for people who are mulling changing their jobs after many years[i].
Her recommendations include to make a list of things that we love to do and pare it down to determine what is best for us; leverage our experience, because it is a rare quality that can only be acquired over the years; compile a competency inventory of your outstanding qualities, both work related and not; seek the advice of a career counsellor who can help us focus on targets and suitable jobs; and also ensure that our resume is current, well designs and tailored to the needs of employers.
Daskal also cites the importance of proactive networking to acquire a strong set of contacts, and to make sure to keep in touch with those within your target industry. She believes that it is up to each of us to act to change every day, because a desired career will not simply fall into our laps. It is also essential to remain positive, and be able to “sell” ourselves in an interview by recounting our achievements.
We may still resist the beckoning for change due to fear.
“It's ok to be afraid. But not ok to let those fears stop you from following a new path that might make your life a heck of a lot better in many ways-personally and financially,” wrote work and career expert Kerry Hannon in forbes.online[ii].
“One refrain I hear time and time again from successful career switchers: ‘I never second guessed my decision. I only wish I had done it sooner.’”
Having the courage to face our fears may pay dividends. Take the example of a dental associate who has carved out a career in a principal-owned practice. There are no particular issues with their job, but they wish to try a new challenge that will bring fresh rewards.
It may entail working among a professional team, supported by top-quality equipment and resources. Fitting the bill on that count is Rodericks Dental, an expanding group of dental practices in the UK that prides itself on delivering excellent patient care and providing professionals with on-going opportunities for training and development.
It may be the place where you can find fresh inspiration and a place to grow. The grass can be greener on the other side, you just have to be prepared to take the first step.
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[i] Forbes / Personal finance. Kerry Hannon. 6 ways to conquer your fear of career change. Link https://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryhannon/2011/03/26/break-on-through-6-ways-to-conquer-your-fear-of-career-change/#63a8e58beb11 [Accessed June 2017]
[ii] Fast Company. Lolly Daskal. How do I make a career change after 15 years in the same job? Link https://www.fastcompany.com/3046977/how-do-i-make-a-career-change-after-15-years-in-the-same-job [Accessed June 2017]