Changing careers usually entails a period of transition and adjustment into a new professional identity. Learning how to manage your mindset will help you stay resilient throughout this process. This guide introduces 5 key tips to help you maintain a positive mindset throughout a career transition.
1. Change Your Mindset Around Your Existing Job
It can feel frustrating when you want to change careers. You may have outgrown your job role, or identified a new career goal and want to reach it as quickly as possible. But focusing on how you do not like your job, only adds to your frustration and increases the sense of pressure you feel whilst you are there. Instead, choose a different perspective of your current job. See it as welcome financial support that will help you to achieve your career goal. What positive ways has your job helped you in your journey so far? Write these down and remind yourself of them often whilst you are in transition. If your work situation is untenable, seek professional advice to find out your options.
2. Create A Career Transition Action Plan
Take a proactive stance against worry and doubt by formulating a clear plan of what you need to do to achieve your career change goals. This might include a timeline of activities, as well as expected milestones so you can track your progress. It’s ok if you don’t know all the details, or if some change as time goes on. Even the most rudimentary plan can give you peace of mind. It is also easier to adjust existing plans in the face of setbacks, rather than making them up as you go along.
Decide on a realistic budget for your activities and stick to it. Whether your career transition takes two months or two years, worrying about money will only slow down the process.
Make sure your action plan includes trusted sources of advice for strong decision-making.
3. Choose Your Influences Wisely
Conduct an audit of your daily life to identify which influences enhance, or detract from, a positive mindset. Remove those which drain your energy so you have more available for your career transition activities.
Surround yourself with supportive friends and family members who welcome and encourage you to achieve your goals. Be careful not to discuss details with unsupportive parties as this may distract your focus. Mentors and role models, on the other hand, may have a positive impact.
Spend a few minutes jotting down ideas about the kind of support you would like (if any) from yourself and others, as you transition careers. This may generate additional activities for your action plan.
4. Embrace A New Career Identity
Allow yourself to let go of your old professional identity, which may no longer feel comfortable, and tell yourself you are a ‘[insert career goal] in training’. However close, or far away, you are to realising your career goal, remind yourself regularly that you are on the path to it. Find others who can reinforce your new professional identity by joining networks within your chosen field. Online groups can be a great resource to meet others without pressure.
5. Record Your Milestones & Achievements
Use your career transition action plan to record each milestone and achievement, however small. This will help you maintain a positive sense of momentum and stay focused on the career you want to create, rather than what you don’t want. Increased feelings of appreciation and self-confidence will in turn motivate you to complete more goal-related activities. As you progress, you will be able to see your progress until you have reached your goal. You can do this!
I hope you have found this guide useful. If you would like support on your career transition journey, find out how I can help you on a free 30-minute consultation call with me today.
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