It’s Friday evening. You grab your stuff and get out of your workplace as fast as your legs will carry you without actually running. Your relief is palpable. You can’t wait to get out of there so your real-life can start. Sad, but true right? And the real truth is you’ve known for a long time you want out, you want to do something different. But what?
This is exactly what stumps so many, many people right at the start of their career changes. I know I don’t want THIS, and I don’t know what I DO want. It’s easy to get lost in a diet of Google searches, career change books and personality profiles. All good resources in their own way and none of them have the magic answers. Worse, no-one is going to turn up with your new career on a silver platter wrapped up with a bow on top. Yep, it’s really not going to happen – no matter how much you want it.
The problem with these approaches is not that they are inherently bad, it’s just that they keep you stuck in your head – stuck in overthinking and over-analysing. If you’re prone to procrastination, you’ll recognise this trait and know how much it holds you back from making progress. Career change does not happen when you only sit and think about it. Career change happens when you stick your head out from underneath the blanket of analysis and start doing something that takes you out of your own head and into real-life experience.
If you want to change career, stop thinking about changing career. Stop searching ‘how to change career’. Instead, try some of these ideas to get you out of your head and into the world, meeting new people and exploring what ideas for your career change open up when you do.
Try these real world ideas:
- Go to an event, workshop or one day course you would never normally go to (Meetup is a great place to find ideas);
- Take a different route to work – notice what draws you to it with a sense of interest or excitement, or inspires you;
- Ask a friend for a recommendation of a Podcast you haven’t listened to before;
- Get in touch with someone who inspires you, or who you would love to have a conversation with about what they do, even if you don’t think you want to do what they do – you’ll never know what little nuggets of inspiration or ideas or contacts they can offer you until you do (tip: offer them something in return, it can be super simple and a little personal touch to help you stand-out from the crowd).