Our friends over at the London School of Business & Finance sent us the results of their latest study last week and frankly, we weren’t surprised. With 47% of employed people within the UK wanting a career change and a whopping 55% of Londoners wanting to change career, the stats confirm what we hear every day, many people are in ill-fitting professions, uncomfortable work environments and dissatisfied with their working lives. 66% of millennials, people in their ’20s and ’30s, aren’t currently satisfied and want to change career, that’s two thirds, staggering! According to The London School of Business & Finance, many people realise they want change, the majority (25%) in the next 12 months, but are often afraid to leave and aren’t sure how to take the steps to make change a better reality.
Here are some tips if you are considering a career change:
1. Be honest with yourself. Step back, take stock and think about what matters to you in life.
Are you living the life you want to?
Do you feel like you’re in the driving seat of your life?
Define what success is to you? How is your life currently living up to that definition?
If you continue on the path you’re on, what does a year from now look like? What does 3 years from now look like? 10 years from now? Does that fill you with joy or dread?
2. Rate your quality of life out of 10, 10 being excellent, 1 being, poor.
3. Rate your stress levels on average, out of 10, 10 being excellent, 1 being, poor.
What do these ratings represent to you?
What would a 10 look like? What would you have to do in order for that to happen?
4. What would you love to be doing? If you’re not clear, how would you like to spend your average working day?
Describe it, write about it. Look for people around you or in the public eye, who are living successfully in your eyes, note what they’re doing, how are they living and working, what are the commonalities? What can you learn.
These are just some of the starting questions you can ask yourself. Of course career change is challenging for most people, our careers and working life take up most of our waking time, our livelihoods are dependent on them, our identity, sense of physical, emotional and mental security come from our work and it can feel easier in the short-term to suppress your need for change. Often, long-term gain, requires immediate short-term discomfort. Taking an honest look at yourself has to be done, but from here, there’s always 100 ways to skin a cat and your career change doesn’t have to mean you take a pay cut or go back to being a student, there’s so many ways you can do it to suit you and your stage in life, it just takes honesty, investment.
If you want to have 100% crystal clarity, get the momentum to start seriously looking at this and qualifying which direction is best for you, or to accelerate the process you’ve already started and have expert support at every stage on your career change path – think about hiring your own Coach!
Nothing beats having your very own 100% objective champion, supporter, career expert and experienced change professional.
If you want to speak to a SEVEN Career Coach today to discuss how you can change your career and not be another number, email us at [email protected] to set up your free phone consultation.
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