Reasons why you should stop hesitating and start your career transition now!
“ The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance” Alan Watts
Because I run a career transition programme, I spend most of my time talking about career management and transition and how to put people into action mode. And gosh It is not easy! Human beings hate uncertainty and career transition for sure symbolises exactly this, so people drag their feet when it’s time to change. I generally end up talking to people who have been forced to transition where really, I feel they could have started thinking about it to prepare themselves.
Here are a few things for you to think about I have gathered to help you stop shying away from career transition.
#Get the chaos’ s vaccine
Trends show us that the only constant in the future of work will be change: change in jobs, industries, work places, work force. Change all over.
Maybe the best thing to learn right now how to adapt in the new ordeal of work. Like a vaccine, you should inoculate yourself right now to make yourself resilient to uncertainty and change in your career. It is time to learn how to learn and transition: why don’t you jump on the boat right now?
#Trust the future you
You might not know right now what you will do after this career transition, what will happen or what you will discover. It is just the beginning. But the key part is to trust the future you. Entirely. Tell yourself that. Tell yourself that the future you will know how to handle decisions and solve problems as they occur. Don’t foresee all risks in advance because the present you might not have the tools yet to solve it all, but the future you will know what to do.
#A corporate job is not buying you safety
Special message to the ones who think corporate jobs are safer: regarding the number of industries being disrupted at the moment, that 60% of the jobs in 2030 don’t exist just yet and 40% of the workforce should be freelance by 2020…you should not be in denial and think you can fully rest. Take it positively, the only way to understand it is not that bad “out there” is to actually go and experiment it for yourself.
#Take back control of your career
Education has taught us many things: mathematics, reading, management, law or medecine — but it has never taught us how to manage our career and navigate different careers, roles and transition. Education has not prepared you to know what you actually care about or are uniquely talented about. Education has not prepared to know what motivates us. So here is the summary. Things that motivate people at work are connections with others, purpose, mastery and freedom. Additionally, knowing what your values are can help you know what will make you happy or miserable. What are these concepts for you and your career? Did you use these concepts to craft your next gig?
#Dont hold onto something you hate
If you already know you will leave. What are you waiting for?
#Your career lasts a long time, its worth it for years of happiness to come
Think about it this way: Yes, you are not 20 anymore to go through what potentially is a big career change. It is scary. But at the same time, you probably still have 20 years or even 30 years to go, and 20–30 years going to work everyday from morning to evening that amounts to A LOT. Don’t you think making a move NOW is worth it?
#What you had invested in your career won’t be lost!
Beware of the sunk cost dilemma! What’s that? Simply that people struggle to let go of the things they have invested a lot into (time, money, effort, all of the above). The sunk cost dilemma is irrational and not very productive in fact. My advice is that you focus on the fact that nothing you have done in the past is lost and most of your skills can be transfered or give you credibility. The successful first 10 years of your career still assure you creds for your new field: if Miriam was such a successful designer, she is still thought about as successful Miriam in people’s minds. Additionally, everything you have done in the past makes your profile unique by giving you an edge or combination of skills that others might not have.
#Prepare with the right mindset
Many people before a career transition are unhappy for a while and focus all their energy into hating their job, their colleagues, or their boss, and mostly things out of their control. Still, they hold as tightly as they can to keep their job.
What about shifting your energy and making sure you start investing into preparing your career transition and buy yourself time for your next gig? Two things could happen: either something positive happen and you stay in your job but it gets better (new boss, new job, promotion, etc) or you lose your job but you have prepared back up plans that you actually had the time to craft and care about.
#Invest in you, don’t wait for companies
I see so many people waiting for companies to invest in enhancing their skills and talents, or even know themselves better. The rules are changing and it is getting difficult to rely on employer-sponsored training. Its now your job, even responsibility to train and invest in yourself. It will show resourcefulness. Companies will want to invest in you less and less, mostly because you are not likely to commit years and you will have many jobs in your lifetime. Invest in you, its the only investment you can’t lose in your life.
#It takes a while …
…to find what you would be interested in, then go out there and experiment, then find something more stable. People go into career transition telling me on average that they want to spend 3 months on finding what they want to do next. My advice? Start now. I have seen in the hundreds people I have talked to and worked with that it takes at least a year to get to a proper stable situation.
#The Best day to start is today!
Stop excuses: I cannot focus, I am lazy, I don’t know what I want, I am not sure it is the right time, I want to travel first. Everyday is the best day to start thinking about your career transition and there are small steps you could take now to move forward. The founder of Creative Mornings, Tina Eisenberg, told in an amazing speech she made about career in general that based on this principle, she started her first company the day she gave birth to her daughter. So, what are you waiting for?
#Worse thing that could happen…?
That is my favorite question — because really what I keep saying to everyone that hesitates is that: you can always go back to what you were doing! No one will ask you what you did for this 3–12–24 months or read your CV carefully enough. Even better, you could leverage this career transition project as a way to make your profile richer and show your are entrepreneurial about your career. So what is the worse thing that could happen?
#Regret if you fail versus regret if you don’t try at all
A powerful thought from Jeff Bezos as the Summit conference opening interview was to compare the regret if you fail versus the regret if you don’t try at all. What would be worse?
“Do or do not. There is no try”. Yoda