Are you at a career crossroads?
With some industries disappearing altogether, others shrinking as jobs go abroad or technology replaces some human labour, it is better to be on the front foot and plan your next career move than on the back foot and have change forced upon you.
Common career crossroads
- Leaving the forces.
- Big birthday e.g. 40 or 50.
- Your career progression is blocked.
- You want to set up your own business.
- You like self employment but your business model isn’t working for you.
- You want to downshift e.g. move to the country or less stressful job.
- You want more flexibility e.g. parents.
- You are seeking more meaning and purpose in your work.
- You feel bored, unstimulated or undervalued.
- You want more variety.
- You realise your career just isn’t you.
- Your company is relocating and you don’t want to move and uproot yourself/your family.
- As you move up the ladder, you do less and less of the things that you enjoy.
Standing at a career crossroads can feel very daunting. Change is unpredictable and fear natural and common. You worry about making the wrong decision, leaving something that is safe and secure and regretting it and making a mistake. The longer you have been in a career or company and the more that security and stability are important to you, the more daunting change can feel. In uncertain times, this is magnified.
10 tips to help you at a career crossroads
- Check you’re not just bored with other aspects of your life and are focusing your frustration on your work.
- Speak with someone who has successfully made a career transition and ask their advice.
- Write a list of your contacts and keep in touch with them to help them as well as to help yourself.
- Know your achievements and skills inside out.
- Plan time regularly in your diary to create your career change.
- Try before you buy – think about how you can try out your planned new career before making the leap.
- Ensure that you have a good support system in place to help you through the change.
- Research thoroughly using the web, business libraries, industry associations, trade magazines etc.
- Remember that you always have choice and there is never one right road at the crossroads.
- Think about what you most love doing and are best at.