Hi everyone! This week's quick tip Tuesday is about change, and more specifically career changes.
A common fear for many college students and recent grads is launching a career doing a job you end up not being passionate about. A common fear among people at any level in their career is realizing you are unhappy where you are, but staying with it because it is all you know. Change is scary but not always bad. Oftentimes, we don’t think about how common change is and how great it can be in the long-run.
No matter what stage you are at in your career, if you are unhappy with it, or unsure as to how to proceed, then you need to reevaluate.
When I was in college, I remember thinking that I had to pick a career at which I would be happy for the next 50 or so years of my life. What a daunting task. How do you know what’s going to make you happy for the rest of your life?
You can’t know. You can’t know what’s going to make you happy even five years from now. But you can know what makes you happy now and if your current position or major isn’t it, then you need to change.
Here are 5 things to do to foster change:
First, think outside the “major” box. if you’ve already graduated from college and feel constrained by your major, there’s no reason to feel that way.
The truth is that most employers are more concerned about a candidate’s educational achievements in general as opposed to what they majored in.
If you’ve held off on applying for certain jobs because they don’t “match” your major, it’s time to switch gears.
For most employers, skills, experience, and passion outweighs factors like college majors every time. If you can show that you are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the position or career path in question, you’ll already be ahead of the game.
Next, apply your knowledge and interests to Different Career Paths. Think about your major or your last job position, odds are that you’ve associated it with very specific career paths
By being creative about how you market yourself to employers, you can make your major relevant to practically any position you can dream of.
For example if you have an English degree or worked as a writer, this experience demonstrates that you have strong communication skills that translate well in a wide range of fields.
Third, think about the things you are passionate about and what you like doing. Ask yourself what gives you energy? What gives you joy?
Go after specific feelings rather than a list of day to day responsibilities when thinking about what you want to be doing.
Do you want to be in a job that allows you to travel? Allows you to talk to people and provide help?
Fourth, don’t be afraid to ask for help and tap into resources available to you. Talk with friends and family about their jobs. Reach out to people on LinkedIn who are in positions or industries that sound interesting to you. More times than not, people love sharing about themselves and what they do.
Ask them about a day in their life and how they go to where they are.
Lastly, create your own experiences or seek out opportunities to gain experience in these areas to see if you enjoy doing them.
Remember, you don’t know what’s coming next. Life is full of interesting twists and turns, but if we continually pursue things that we enjoy doing whether for a job or hobby, it will make the journey interesting and more fun.
It’s never too late to change for the better.
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