If you know me too well then you will know that sometimes I just get off track and reminisce for a minute or two. Fuzzy yeah? It is just something I enjoy doing to reflect. I feel like we should reflect every once in awhile just to keep track you know. Anyways, I was recently remembering those silly excuses I made when I was about making a life changing decision. I have always wanted to be a professional person, you know what I mean?
So I decided to share some of those excuses and how to stop making those excuses. Eventually, I had to drop it all in a garbage that is why I run this website, alongside pursuing my career goals. I was relieved to later discover that I was not the only person making some of these excuses. So I will make a list of excuses I gave and some I have heard from other people and I am practically begging you to forget these excuses and pursue your individual and organizational goals.
The Fear of the Unknown
This can be challenging because you barely know what to expect once you take that big leap. So I suggest you carry out an extensive research on the area/ field you want to switch over to. I cannot overemphasize how important it is to do a research. It becomes a personal attachment and you will benefit immensely from the time spent on it. Discuss with people in that field and discover what it feels like to be in their place. I highly recommend carrying out voluntary work too.
It is not what I studied
Is that not to an extent, the whole idea of career change in the first place? Just be sure that you have skills that align/ match with your new career or what you consider doing. Your employer expects you to add value to the company. So asides wanting to choose a new career path remember that you have to make an input to your organization.
Remember that there are certain skills that are needed in every organization. It can be communication skills, interpersonal skills, or creative thinking. See other skills in my previous article HERE. Sometimes it does not have to be book related. Think of it this way- Can I make use of the skills I currently use at my workplace to create change in my prospective career?
But then, if you need to take up a course or two and you can afford it, that will be good. Open your mind to knowledge.
I do not have money
This becomes important once you have considered other factors and have realized that you may need education. In this case, if you do not have enough resources to get educated in that area, you can decide to volunteer long term.
Disclaimer: Someone once told me that it worked for her but I have personally never tried it. So you want to know what she did, right? She sent out a couple of letters to different companies and told them that she will be willing to work for free to gain experience and that all she wanted was a plate of lunch every day. She eventually got that opportunity.
I know that sounds quite tricky, but hey, it is called determination. A friend once told me- “…it will be your story to tell…” If that will help you get to your expected destination, then why not! But on the other hand, be sure to consider the length of time you will be willing to work for free, expenses that may be incurred, and have a long term goal.
By long term goal, I mean, sit and make strategic plans. Ask yourself if it is worth it and what you stand to achieve by taking this step. By the way, consider whether it is legal for you to do this, depending on your location.
Another solution could be to send out several applications to companies in line with your career path, attach a letter explaining your interest, what you have to offer, and how you intend to help reach its objectives.
If you decide to try any out, I will love to know and encourage you all the way!
Lack of Information
I once had the opportunity to work with a well-respected woman in my “chosen” field. I had a feel of what it would be like to take up my “new” career, at least from an angle. If you are able to volunteer consistently, that will be even better. More like frequent short-term volunteer work. You can add that to your resume too. That will be an added advantage asides other considerations. Also, wouldn’t it be better to spend your free time doing something valuable?
What People will Say
Think of it this way- What will people say when they see you making progressive change in your new career? In other words, stay with people that encourage you, see your glowing light, support you and share your dreams. Those are the people that should matter. They are the people you should listen to, they should be able to critique you and bring out the best in you.
Will I make a perfect fit?
It can be hard to determine whether you will make a perfect fit in your next job, career path and all that. A lot of things come to play here but I will state three important tips I hope will help you. First, you should have interest and passion. Secondly, look for companies you will love to work at and be sure that your values and belief align with theirs. Lastly, work towards changing your career if that is what you want. So act as soon as possible.
I know how difficult it can be to make a life changing decision because I have gone through that road. Remember your end goal. If you ever made any other excuse not listed, please feel free to share in the comment section. I will also love to know what you are doing to put away that excuse.
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I wish you the best.