Have you ever dreamed of a career change? Something that makes you come alive and gets your senses tingling as you imagine what living your dream life could be like? Have you ever tried to make it happen?
On this topic alone, in the past few months I have worked with a teacher, corporate marketing director, teaching assistant, support worker, online shop manager, business owner, electrician, communications director, socialite, charity fundraiser, stenographer, project manager, physiotherapist, finance director, office manager, finance assistant, vicar and a journalist. To date, nearly all have discovered a new direction and out of these, 80% are currently in career transition. A few examples; the project manager is training to become an art therapist, the finance assistant is becoming a gardener and the office manager is setting up her own online business.
Some of the above are in life stages where a drastic change is possible and permissible, yet this isn’t the norm. If you think you are boxed in but still crave a change then please don’t give up hope. It is perfectly doable to find a new position in which you will be happy.
Option 1 – Seek a new role in the same organisation but find one that fits your strengths and motivations.
For example, the physiotherapist, mentioned above, sought a promotion within the same hospital and now performs tasks much more suited to his strengths. He is happy.
Option 2 – Seek a new role in a new organisation, one that fits your strengths and motivations and in which the organisational culture and values are a good fit.
For example, the year 6 teacher I worked with went to a different school and took a job as the SENCO lead (supporting children who have learning difficulties such as dyslexia). She is happy.
Option 3 – Stay in your existing organisation and in the same role, but seek development opportunities.
Option 4 – Go to a new organisation, doing the same role, where you have a better personality fit.
For example, the project manager accepted a role in a much smaller organisation where he gained increased autonomy and the ability to work on an international scale. He is happy.
Don’t look back and regret. Take action today and speak to an accredited coach about your career options.