So many of us in today’s work environment reach a point where we are faced with a really tough decision of switching courses mid-career. I know for myself this happened through repeated leadership, cultural and industry changes that led me far away from why I choose my field of work to begin with.
Facing the truth that our industries or careers have changed significantly can be a pretty daunting reality. Yet going from a place of uncertainty to finding a job you love can prove to be a positive and powerful experience. It’s a great opportunity to pause and take some time for yourself to reflect on what type of work you’d like to do for the next phase of your career. Here’s an easy to follow process to get you on your way.
Understand your core talents: We all have them. If you don’t already know your temperament type, take an assessment. These can also be referred to as personality assessments. Some of the most popular are Keirsey and Myers-Briggs. This step will help bring to the forefront how you’re hardwired and those talents that are innate in you.
Assess your Talents: Review your assessment. Take note of the talents that resonate with you the most, those that get you excited when you think about doing them. The key here is not to get caught up in finding your exact next move. Focus on finding themes and ideas.
Reflect on Past Experiences: Take a look back through your past jobs and life experiences. This includes vacations, hobbies and fun things too! Define those things that you’re passionate about. Our passions change as we go through life, so it’s a great time to assess where your passions lie today.
Define your desired culture: Today, more than ever, the options of where you’d prefer to work are plentiful. Do you like to work in an office setting, remotely, or possibly at your local coffee house? What type of setting? Who are the people you want to work with? Defining your preferred culture of work is a key step in finding a job your love.
Surround yourself with like-minded people. This is one of the most important steps you can take as you begin your discovery process. If you surround yourself with people who are driven to succeed, who are passionate about what they do, and highly energetic then that, in itself, is contagious. These are the people that can help you refine your ideas as well as generate new ones, prevent you from spending time on something unproductive and even result in forming professional partnerships.
If you are wondering how to move into a different field mid-career, these are very positive easy steps you can take to begin finding a job you love.
Are any of you in the mid-career change process? I'd love to hear your story and how you’re getting along.