Execute Three Steps Before Switching Careers

Career changes are often seen as professional growth. Yet, we get so caught up in the excitement of what could be that we avoid performing an honest assessment of our personal growth. And yes, it takes a lot of courage to step out on faith, especially in an unstable job market, but it is all about the end results we want to achieve. It then becomes necessary to execute three key steps.

Understand The Why: Just how significant of a move are you ready to make. Perhaps you are tired of being someone else’s workhorse and yearn to pursue your own vision. There comes a time when we are done living as spectators of our own lives and are ready to get on the field to make our own plays. What better time to follow your passion and build your own empire now that you realize you have outgrown the status quo. This route takes far more work than just taking on new titles or switching companies, but the rewards far outweigh the alternatives. It may be time for you to invest in a reputable business coach.

Could it be that someone in your department played you way too close? Now you cannot stand another moment in their presence so you decide you need to shift gears and head in another direction? If so, you could be losing far more than what you stand to gain. Running away from office conflict is rarely the solution. You should first exhaust all ways of bringing peace into the relationship. You are a clever person. Use your charm and wit to turn the tables. After all, hostility clutters the mind. You want your focus on maintaining a happy life.

It is also healthy to recognize when people are not ready to be revered, but why should you be the one who has to pull up roots and head towards the unknown. A better way to resolve this issue is to look within your current company for professional growth. Check the job announcements and see if there is a promotion with your name on it. Or do not even wait for permission to advance. Have a sit down with the powers that be and talk about creating a new position that will grow your company as well as yourself. This way you earn more money, acquire a prestigious new title, keep your benefits (perhaps even gaining a few more perks), but more importantly, you have proven the benefits of going high when they go low.

Personal and Professional Preparedness: Take stock into the trade-offs of leaving a stable work environment. Consider the fact that you may be jumping