Help Me Find a New Career
Changing a Career
Are you feeling frustrated with your current situation and not sure what to do next? Are you exclaiming, “help me find a new career!” Changing a career can be an overwhelming process. While the career change process is different for everyone, here are a few questions to ask yourself before you begin.
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1. Assess what is prompting the change in career. Many people believe that they need a complete career change when in fact, they often need a change within their current career path. This might also include a creative change in direction utilizing skills and knowledge you already have.
You might find yourself unhappy with your current career situation for a variety of reasons. It’s important to assess what areas you are dissatisfied with in order to best determine the next course of action. Answering a few fundamental questions can help to get clear what is the root of your problem and what type of career change is a solution. Consider each of the following areas of your career and reflect on the prompting questions to gain greater insight about your career needs. For the areas that you are dissatisfied with, ask yourself, “what would I prefer instead?”
a. My work tasks: Are you bored with your current work tasks (lacking challenge), have you recently experienced a change in responsibilities or promotion (i.e., from functional position to managing people)?
b. My work environment: Think about your day to day function. Are you sitting in an office all day? Working outside all day? What would you prefer? Do you need a window to connect you to the outdoors, more time moving about, or less time on your feet? How would you prefer your day to day environment to be (don’t rule things out because you don’t think it’s an option).
c. My co-workers (or lack of), supervisor, colleagues: In career counseling, we often talk about “finding our tribe”. Do you relate well with your colleagues? Do you share similar interests (even if different personalities)? Or are you working alone and would prefer to have greater collaboration with others? How is your relationship with your supervisor/manager? Is this a pattern in your life or a one-time situation? In your ideal job, what would be different for you in this category?
d. My lifestyle: How does your career impact your lifestyle? Do deadlines keeping you at work late? Do billable hours stress you out?
e. Major life events: Has there recently been a major change in your life (new baby, divorce, loss of partner’s job, illness, etc.)? How might this be impacting your current career situation? What needs to change?
Each of these questions represent different aspects of your career/life. You can go through and explore each one on your own. For illustrative purposes, we’ll go through some examples to consider using question #1. Dissatisfaction with question #1 means you are most likely no longer interested in your primary work tasks. The solution here would be to examine opportunities to increase work activities you do enjoy, both internal and external to your organization.
External opportunities might include the following activities: volunteer, civic involvement, hobbies, and training. It’s important to examine internal opportunities as well because sometimes we may miss opportunities within our reach (for example, an engineer working with the marketing department within the same organization). Internal opportunities can be found in activities such as participating on a committee, initiating a new project, or participating in training programs through your organization. If this does not feel like “enough”, you may have to experiment more to discover which type of activities you would like to spend the majority of your time doing. Ultimately, this could involve a change in function or role within your career, but not necessarily complete career change.
If your dissatisfaction with work tasks is resulting from a recent promotion, ask yourself whether this situation causes you to feel out of your comfort zone? In what ways is this a good stretch for you? For example, “I’ve been promoted to manager and I don’t have good people skills. I could benefit by both working on my people skills and identify project team leaders in my team to help with the management tasks.”
After you’ve evaluated each area of your career life, ask yourself:
a. What do I have control of? I could identify project leads to be responsible for team tasks so that I don’t have to spend my time micro managing. I can ask my boss for help with learning new tasks such as performance appraisals. I can oversee and provide input on functional areas to stay engaged with my area of expertise.
b. What can I not change? Can you live with this? In order to advance in my career within this company, I must take on managerial roles. If I decide that I am not interested in managerial roles at all, I will need to identify senior positions in other companies or identify alternative ways to advance in my area of expertise.
c. Is this temporary? If yes, what resources do I need to assist me in the transition? If it’s not temporary, consider what you can do to adapt or transition. If it is temporary utilizing support resources can help you while the change is uncomfortable.
So now that you’ve asked yourself these questions, what is the problem with your current career situation? What do you want instead? Go back and look at each area you were dissatisfied with and ask yourself, what would you rather have. This provides initial clues as to what a better fit would look like.
We recommend that you keep track of your responses somewhere in a journal or career diary so that you can build upon your list of preferences and have a list to refer to as you gain new information about yourself and available opportunities.
For additional help in finding a new career, we offer the following resources:
1. Awaken Your Calling Self-Study Course. This course is an 8-week course designed to guide you through each step of our program for creating your inspired career path. The course includes guided exercises to help you create a clear career vision and an action plan to help you achieve those goals.
2. Awaken Your Calling Group Coaching Program. This is an 8-week live group experience conducted via phone giving you the benefit of learning and receiving input from others as well as career coaches.
3. Consult with a career counselor/career coach. Our career counselors in Houston are available to meet with you via phone, skype, or in person whether for a short-term consult or ongoing process. Click here to book an appointment with one of our career counselors.
4. Complete an online career assessment test. For an objective measure of your personality or interests, you can complete an assessment online and receive your results immediately. Click here to take a career assessment test.
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