It’s the start of a new year. This is the time of year for starting fresh, and for making changes.
Maybe you want to change your career. You’ve decided you want a career that’s a better fit for who you are—today.
Changing careers is an exciting step for your future. But if you don’t know where to start, it can also be challenging, confusing, or just plain overwhelming. Follow these seven essential prep steps to make your career change a success.
Do you shoot down career ideas with any of these thoughts?
“I’m not the type of person who …”
“I couldn’t possibly…”
“I’m not talented/cool/strong enough to do that …”
Stop! There’s a difference between knowing yourself (and your limits) and putting limits on yourself. One comes from self-knowledge, and the other comes from self-doubt.
And how you think about yourself has amazing power. Which brings us to this week’s career challenge: don’t put yourself in a box.
Here are some basic ways to tackle this challenge head-on:
“Follow your passion” is a popular career-related expression. The conventional wisdom goes: you’ll find happiness and a fulfilling career if you have the courage to discover your true calling. If you’re not brave enough, however, you’ll become an empty shell of a human being with a commute-work-die life.
We’re constantly told that fulfilling work comes from doing what we love. But is this true?
More and more experts are declaring that pursuing a passion is actually the worst career advice in history. Our take? To find a good career match, figure out your personality first, not your passion.