I hear it often. “I’m not the type of person who can change their career”. “I can’t switch career – it’s too late for me”.
When I ask “What ‘type’ of person can change their career?” the answer is often, “Someone who can put themselves out there more” or “I’m not sure”.
If you can’t visualise who this magical person is, why can’t it be you? The answer? Self-belief. Knowing what you are good at, what you want and how to get it. With that in place, the belief and confidence to be ‘the type of person’ follows.
Confidence isn’t fixed – you can create it. It’s not something you are, but something you have. There is no ‘type’ of person, so it CAN be you! Here’s some tips to build confidence for career change:
- Commit. Commit to the first step – finding out what it takes to change careers. To help, think about what a change will give you? How might you feel if you work this out? Keep that in mind to remain committed.
- Be brave. You may not yet have the answer, but by stepping out of your comfort zone, having conversations with people outside of your usual circle will give you a real boost.
- Remember when you have been confident before. Reflect on times you achieved something you didn’t think you could. You did it then, so why not now?
When you started your career, you probably would have said you can’t do the job you do now, but you are. There is a happy career out there waiting for you, so reframe the “I can’t…” thought into “That feels hard, so here are three small things I can do to take a step towards my career change”.
You don’t need the final answer NOW. You simply need to take one small step at a time.
If you feel you need help working your way towards a happy place in your career, feel free to book a free consultation call with me.
This article was written by our partner coach, Rebecca Amin.
March 18, 2022