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So, you want to quit your job… Don’t make this common mistake

Quitting a job or starting a new business is part of the circle of ‘business’ life that is now well accepted and expected. The reasons include a faster-changing world, accelerating with new technologies, the desire to expand one’s reach beyond a single industry and/or role and of course life-cycle changes following a life-changing event such as a divorce/separation, birth of a child, loss of a loved one, etc.

Early in my career, I was disgruntled and a very wise colleague told me “never leave without knowing where you’re going“.. AND “the more you understand why you’re leaving, the better your choice (of new job, career, company) will be.”

That wisdom has stayed with me over the past decades as I saw myself create several reincarnations for myself – each one progressively better as my decision-making process improved.

In the first instance, I am not ashamed to admit – it took me almost a year to stop whinging (to myself) about what I didn’t like about my “job/boss/role/situation”.

I listened to motivational recordings (they were on cassette tapes back then) by Brian Tracy, Anthony Robbins and Jay Abraham, among dozens of others. It was a journey of self-exploration that led to starting my first company and setting me on my course towards my ultimate destiny.

Admittedly it is easier said than done, but there is a process you can follow:

  1. Identify all the things you LOVE about your job, boss, colleagues, clients, suppliers, industry, etc.
  2. Do the same for all the things you DON’T LIKE, that annoy you, are missing or you would like to have IN THIS JOB.
  3. Ask yourself the all-important question – WHY do you want to change jobs/careers?
    1. The more honest you are with yourself, the better. Remember – NO ONE will see your list!
    2. Sometimes the reasons are, you need a change because you can do the job with your eyes closed and you’re bored. If that’s the case, then you need to determine what is the NEXT challenge you need, desire, want for yourself… Or is it just a change, something “new” you’re looking for?
  4. If you were to apply for the IDEAL/PERFECT job/role what would it be?
    1. Be specific. Where would it be? Downtown, in a suburb? A view or next to nature?
    2. What would you be doing? Who would you report to? How much autonomy would you have?
  5. What would the IDEAL/PERFECT company be to work for?
    1. A small, entrepreneurial, a start-up?
    2. A large corporation with big budgets and lots of career choices and opportunities?
    3. Your own company so you can make all the decisions?
    4. How about going “solo” / freelance for a while? As you figure out what’s next?
  6. How long will you commit to this new venture, opportunity, role?
    1. This is important to know BEFORE you take the role, to be fair to your employer and for you to know how much you are willing to invest to get a return on that investment (career or industry changes come with some necessary extra time/effort investment). Will you need to take courses, read after-hours to catch up on stuff you don’t know? Will you need to acquire certifications or other accreditations?
  7. Last, but very important – WHO are you doing this for? Yourself, your family… You need clarity in respect of the forces at play, otherwise the incongruency will manifest itself at some point.

No one can or should be telling you what to do or not do. You need to follow your heart and accept that with the independence of choice, the onus/responsibility is on you to make the best decision possible.

I guarantee you that once you achieve clarity of intent – the Law Of Attraction will come to your assistance.

Once the mind can Conceive and Believe, it can Achieve… anything.

I wish you what your heart and mind desire so you can flourish to become the best version of you, you can be.

 

Considering a Change in Career? Here are 3 Tips to Help Your Decision

At some point in your working life, you may want to change careers. If you aren’t enjoying your current job, then chances are you will not be performing at your best either. Moving into another career, one that you like or have an interest in, can help you become more involved in your work and happier in general. Read on to find out the three most important things to help you with your decision.

Education

Photo: Marie's Vogue Blog Under Creative Commons License

Photo: Marie’s Vogue Blog Under Creative Commons License

When you are looking for a career change, a good place to start is by undertaking a new educational or training course. Most industries require some level of qualification, even at their lowest levels. It’s surprisingly easy to find a course that will appeal to you: many colleges, like Evocca College, have a wide range of courses on offer. With that in mind, think about the career you want to enter into and find out how much training you will need to secure your dream position. Maybe you have transferable skills in another, similar career. Further education can often get you ahead in your career, so keep providers like Evocca in mind when the time comes.

 

Consider why you want a change

Your reasons for wanting a career change will directly influence which career you wish to change into. Are you changing because you are unhappy with the job you have, or are you seeking a new challenge? Think over the things you like and dislike about your current job. Creating a “for and against” table is a great way to clearly determine what you are hoping to get out of your career change. It can be as simple as desiring different working hours or as complex as a major change into a new industry requiring new qualifications. You may find yourself going from a nine-to-five office job to working different hours every day in different locations and vice versa.

Take your time

The last thing you want to do is rush into another job just to find yourself in the same position you were in before a few years down the track. Consider what you want to achieve in your life. Where do you want to end up? Will a change in career really help you achieve your goals? At the very least, you need to think about the first steps in heading toward your ideal career. Remember that you don’t have to immediately transition into a new job; test the waters for a while first by doing some study in the area to make sure your desired career really is the right choice for you. A lot of the time, we have a “grass is greener” attitude. It’s important to remember that this isn’t always the case. Make sure you take the time to trial your new career direction before committing.

When choosing a new career, you have a lot to consider. Once you have found the job for you, don’t hesitate to take steps towards securing it.

Career Change: Lessons From an Eagle

Someone sent me this link which is a great metaphor for someone contemplating a career change.  The average person will have multiple careers, changing jobs every 6 to 10 years and careers between 2 to 4 times. Furthermore, people should expect a career change to take between 2 to 6 years to implement. Click here to get a priceless lesson.