1.Disbelief: You are unconvinced of the need to change career.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Am I happy about my current job and my career path? Am I fulfilled in my
career? Am I appreciated for my personal career contribution? Am I the
person I believe I can be? Am I fully alive, having quality time every
day at work and outside of work to share with family and friends? Am I
confident of my future career success?
If the answer is yes to all of the above, then you probably don’t need to change career.
If the answer is no to several of the questions above:
Read inspirational stories of people who have changed career.
Speak to others who have changed career.
Talk to your family and friends about your dissatisfaction with your
present career. Listen to their thoughts about the risks to your mental
and physical health of continuing as you are versus the long term
benefits of changing career.
2.Belief but uncommitted. You believe you should change career, but cannot get started.
Visualize yourself as a new person. How do you feel about yourself?
What do you look like in your new career? How have the attitudes of
those around you changed? How much more energy do you have?
Add up all the benefits. How will the reduction in stress affect your
health? How will the mental stimulation and challenge improve your
emotional wellbeing? Visualize the social and economic possibilities?
Be realistic about the alternatives. How many years work do have left
in you? Do you want to spend them doing what you are doing now? How
will that make you feel in 5 years, 10 years, when you retire? Will you
be satisfied that making no decision was the right decision? Would you
rather be active in seeking your next career, or passive and wait for
something to come along that might suit you? Which is more likely to be
3.Active planning. You are actively planning your new career.
Set a start date.
Set small achievable goals. Even if it is only minutes a day, try to
do something every day that takes you closer to achieving your next
Make a detailed plan, including scheduling time for your career
change activities (research, networking, letter writing, changing your
resume, part time study)
Be specific. When, for how long and where will each task or activity
be done. What contingency plan do you have if your first choice college
has no places available, you are given the brush off by someone you
hoped would help you, your current workload increases and you have less
time to spare, you are made redundant, get sick, or have some other
spanner thrown into the works? What will you do to regain your momentum
and get back on track?
Enlist support. Let your friends and family know your plans, ask for their help and advice.
Set goals. Make them realistic, achievable and set a time limit. Use
them to encourage yourself that you are making the right decision and to
keep your interest levels high. If you are planning on becoming a
programmer, set a goal of writing a small application by a particular
date. If you want to be a scientist, design an experiment, perform it
and write up the results and your interpretation. If your dream is to be
an organic gardener, dig out a small vegetable patch and plant some
seeds or seedlings, and make a salad with your first crop. You should
enjoy these tasks –they are what you believe you want to do with your
life. If you are not enjoying them, but onlylooking forward to
completing them, reassess your career choice – are you sure this is what
you want to do? If they are a chore now, then you may be on the wrong
Believe in yourself do not allow any obstacles in your path to stray you from your course.
4.Active engagement. You are currently engaged in pursuing your career change.
Keep a journal of your progress.
Reward yourself every week. Dinner with your family at your favorite
spot, a movie, a few hours of kite flying at the beach or anything you
feel is a treat.
Maintain a positive attitude towards your progress.
Make your activities and tasks a daily habit, like brushing your teeth.
Don’t worry if you miss a day. Make it up tomorrow.
5. Visualize Your New Career.
You are not only changing your career, you are creating a new image
for yourself. You see yourself as a trainee chef, student engineer,
apprentice landscape gardener, research assistant.
Visualize the paradigm shift. You should be trying to define yourself by your actions – you are a programmer, farmer, scientist.
Subscribe to magazines or journals that reinforce your new image.
Seek others who are involved in the same or similar careers.
You have a new self image and only severe setbacks such as illness or injury will deter you from keeping up your new career.
Make a backup plan for setbacks.
Continue to refine your goals. Are you studying/training for the new
career only? Would you like to set some related goals? What other areas
in your life can be improved at the same time?
7. The new you. You are a new person.
Expand your horizons by seeking more knowledge about your new career.
Help others to become whole by introducing them to your techniques.
Consider writing about your experiences.
Maintain your progress diary.