Yesterday I met someone in the medical profession who originally trained as a photographer with a view of travelingand capturing the world. In fact, she did her degree in photography but soon after she qualified she decided that she wanted to pursue a different career path in medicine. She didn’t become a doctor or a nurse but forged her way into the world of healthcare using the skills and knowledge she had developed to date including photography. She took a non conventional, unplanned and undefined path to where she finds herself today.
One of my recent clients started their career in the army, then moved into the events business and more recently set up their own service basedbusiness in the education sector. Three different industries and roles but each using some of the skills obtained from the one before. Each role enabling them to be more of who they wanted to be and to achieve more as they gained greater personal awareness and as their situation in life changed.
I myself started my career in the world of marketing and then after 20 years finally made the switch into human resources and into learning and development. Personally, I had been thinking about changing things up for a while before finally making the move. Perhaps even if I am honest for 10 years before I finally did something about it. For a long-timeI was under the impression that it was too late to change (yes even in my early 30s it felt I had made my bed so had to lie in it). I use to tell myself that I had spent an extensive time carving a career in one sector, reached a level with salary and perks I would not comparably find elsewhere. That I had gained specific experience and skills and that it would require a lot of money and time to retrain. That if I pursued doing something different I would be wasting what I had spent so long nurturing and building. That I could fall back in love with marketing and should just work harder at accepting work sometimes doesn’t excite, challenge or make you feel content. Spot the limiting beliefs!
Transitioning between careers whether in the same industry, company or into something completely new can be scary but it is often a necessity to keep us energised, fulfilled and growing. Change always comes with the face of the unknown and a need to force ourselves outside the security of comfort zone. It requires flexing and stretching of our thinking and behaviour into unfamiliar territory. It requires us to face some home truths. Those home truths may include an admittance of boredom, lack of challenge, a desire for more money, more success and more happiness when we go to work everyday. It requires an honesty around alignment of values, success criteria and the acceptance that we may not be following a career path we will be happy to look back on with pride and joy in years to come. It needsa realisation that we can work through the uncertainty, fear and uncomfortof change if we really want it and can lead ourselves more effectively.
Every day, we are growing and developing. We are building up a bank of experience and skills which are transferable. That is a key wordto empower your belief in your ability to do something new – TRANSFERABLE. Transferable skills, knowledge, attitude and experience are fundamentally your licence to pursue a new career whether small or big in its change, along with the empowering beliefs that you don’t have to stick with your first choice and that you deserve to continue to design a career which makes you feel excited, energised, challenged and satisfied.
So, if you have been wondering ‘Could I be doing something else?’but are hesitating and putting up barriers I want you to tell yourself that the answer you are looking for is absolutely YES!
Keeping fresh, engaged and enabling yourself to achieve more at work and ultimately in life needs a constant reflection on what you are doing, why and how you are working. If you are getting the itch to make some changes then go for it. You have more inside you than you think and there is so much more out there for you to experience.
Start by visualising where you want to be in 2, 5 and then 10 year’s time. Then tackle the limiting beliefs – they may not be obvious because to you right now they are 100% true and won’t at first glance be recognised as limiting thought behaviour. Your beliefs may be like mine but they may be more personal and specific to your situation so take time to spot them by asking yourself the question ‘What reasons have I for staying where I am’? These reasons are indications to your beliefs right now so when you see them on paperlook for the opposite statement as a way of challenging them and identifying if they are really motivating. Then, maybe this time next year you could be doing something else, how exciting and rewarding would that be?
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