Career advisor and expert in change, Mimi Fong shares some of the fundamentals to career change. Plus keep reading for your invitation to her free webinar next week!
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a career is defined as an occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person’s life and with opportunities for progress.
It has also been defined as an occupation or profession followed as one’s lifework.
Based on the average 9 to 5 occupation working 5 days a week, a person spends a quarter of their time every week on their career. In reality for many of us, these figures are much higher. That IS a significant period of a person’s life. And for some of us, it IS or has been our lifework.
So when you find yourself in a career slump, at career crossroads, looking to return to the workforce after time off, unhappy and unfulfilled in your job or business, or completely lost, directionless and just don’t know what to do, it can seem that your whole life has been turned upside down as it is often a stressful, nerve-wracking and overwhelming time of change. Add to that your responsibilities as a mother, partner, daughter, sister, friend, and work colleague which you still need to fulfil, and you might find that sometimes you just want to hide yourself under the bed covers and not ever come out!
So what can you do about it?
Here are five fundamentals which you can apply in any of these situations to not only help you navigate the changes you are going through but to ensure long term career success whilst staying true to yourself and what’s important to you.
1. Set clear and precise goals
As with any area of your life, be it career, relationship, health or spirituality, it is important to know what you want or are aiming for to give you forward momentum, clarity, and provide accountability to yourself and/or others.
In the short to medium term, set daily (I suggest 3 goals a day to make it manageable), 6 month and 12 month goals. Give yourself a reward and celebrate it when you meet each one, although the reward in itself may be in the achievement of it.
It is important to think, see and feel bigger picture too, so set yourself a long term goal or what I call a career lifetime goal. This will keep you on track and serves as a compelling reminder and focus of why you do what you do.
2. Know your strengths and weaknesses
Identify your best selling points as well as those you know need working on. By being clear on this, you will be able to cultivate your strengths, be realistic with your expectations on what you can do, and focus on exactly what you need to do to upskill, adapt and move forwards.
3. Be passionate about and love what you do
For me, this is one of the, if not THE, most important fundamental.
If you don’t love what you do, how much more difficult is it to cope with the daily stresses and inevitable changes that will be thrown your way?
I’m not saying that you have to love and enjoy EVERYTHING that you do. Just that you should enjoy the core of what you do.
For example, I love to coach and mentor others. However I don’t enjoy dealing with the IT and administrative aspects of my role. So whenever I am about to tackle an IT or admin related task, I remind myself that this is a necessary part of the bigger picture of what I do which I love.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to wake up every morning and look forward to going to work?
4. Be open and adaptable to change
Change is the only constant in this world. So when we resist change, we suffer.
By accepting and adapting to change, we can respond appropriately to whatever life and our career might throw our way, and through this, we learn, develop and progress.
Our ability to roll with the punches can often be the fine line between career success and career stagnation.
For example, if your role changes so that you are expected to perform beyond your current skills set, you can adapt by firstly accepting or embracing this change, identify what you specifically need to do to fulfil these additional expectations, and develop and implement a strategy to action this. Remember –
Resistance = Stress
Acceptance/Adaptability = Progression leading to a much happier YOU and therefore a much happier life.
5. Surround yourself with inspiring and supportive people
It is said that the people you surround yourself with in a meaningful way reflect parts of who you are.
So it makes sense to have positive, successful, happy people around you who encourage and inspire you to be the same, right?
People who you can turn to for advice or guidance (this could be different people for different areas), who might be willing to mentor you, and who can connect you with other like-minded people.
It is well-known that the most successful career people in the world have mentors and coaches they can turn to for help and guidance.
So, there you have it! Five Fundamentals to Career Change.
HAVE YOUR SAY
Which of these five resonate, appeal or you relate to, and which of these strategies will help you the most? Leave a comment below.
Have you ever wanted to change careers and not sure how to go about it? If you are returning to the workforce and looking for a change, or you are simply wanting to start something on your own and be independent, then you need to attend Mimi’s FREE LIVE webinar on either Monday 22 June at 8pm or Tuesday 23rd June at 10.30am to discover the exact steps you must take to make this happen for yourself.
Joining Mimi on this special webinar is business advisor and author of “Breakfree from Corporate“, Gavin Sequeira. Gavin has helped hundreds of people break free from the corporate world and become their own boss.
Together they will share with you a proven pathway no matter what your circumstance, no matter what you do currently, or how long you’ve been stuck in a rut. As long as you have a strong desire to move forward and create the opportunity for yourself to either land that perfect job, or start that business you’ve always wanted to do from home – you can create the lifestyle you deserve.
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