The Pillars of a Successful Career Change

Whether you’re an athlete looking for a career after sports, or a career professional looking for the next challenge, changing careers can be a difficult process. Figuring out what you want to do next, regardless of your reasons, is stressful.

Once you’ve decided to make a change, your success is up to you. While there is no blueprint to follow in order to achieve this success, we are here to help you get started. Career coach and Forbes Council member Amy Nguyen knows this first hand. She said, “As the founder of a career coaching company, I have seen that without a strong foundation, many people find the transition difficult, if not impossible.”

That said, if you are ready to make the leap, Nguyen provides a few pillars to help you get through this change:

Create Your Vision

Without a vision of where you want to be, chances are you’ll bounce around from job to job until you find it. As a result, you might gain a reputation of being a “job hopper” which may reflect negatively on your future chances of getting hired.

If you’re thinking about making a change, you should ask yourself these questions before making an emotional decision. Once you decide that a change is necessary, the first thing you should do is figure out what your ideal job would be, then you can create a game plan as to how to get there. According to Nguyen, “Make sure you’re specific and hold on to your vision.”

Uplevel Your Happiness

Just as your definition of “success” may differ from that of your neighbor, what makes you happy does as well. According to author Shawn Anchor, “when we are happy, we will be successful – not the other way around.” To some, making $100,000 a year means they will be happy, but to others they could be just as, if not more, happy making $30,000. The key is to figure out what makes you happy and pursue it, especially during a career change.

Nguyen has three ways to help increase your happiness during your career change:

  1. Identify the two key areas in your life to focus on in the next six months to one year, apart from your career.
  2. Create powerful happiness habits.
  3. Have happiness boosters ready.

To read more about these ways to increase happiness, read the full article here.

Unleash Your Creativity

Whether you would describe yourself as creative or feel that you’re lacking in this department, you can embrace your level of creativity. Most of us have hobbies outside of work or school, but one thing that seems to be lacking is the time we devote to them. When changing careers, you can unleash your creativity and potentially even turn a hobby or passion project into your new career.

“In my opinion, even if you find out it’s only a hobby and not a passion, embracing your creativity will still help you flex your mental muscles and open your mind,” says Nguyen. When you start thinking creatively, you may find career paths that you otherwise wouldn’t have that can lead to a fulfilling new career.

Cultivate Your Solitude

In the hustle and bustle that is our daily lives, it is important to take a step back every so often. Find time to disconnect and “smell the roses.” In our constantly connected society, learning how to unwind without the use of a screen has become a lost art.

When you learn how to become one with your thoughts, you will experience a clarity previously unknown. This will undoubtedly help you figure out the next step of your career and what truly lights a fire inside you.

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