Overcoming Your Career Change Fears


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overcoming your career change fears 1 acknowledge the fear 2 breathe 3 relive achievements 4 be inspired 5 have fun 6 team up 7 read a lot 8 hire a guide 9 accept mistakes happen 10 be yourself career change is one of the biggest life transitions there is so it s little wonder that many of us approach the process with fear and trepidation we re afraid that we ll choose the wrong career that we won t be able to get a job that our friends and family will disapprove in truth if we prepare well for career change and think smartly about it instead of panicking none of these things will happen by facing our fears we take away any justification there might be for them 1 acknowledge the fear think of that inner voice the one that says you can t do it as a gremlin your internal gremlins might be stopping you from getting what you want career-wise acknowledge your inner gremlin instead of ignoring it this is the first step to dealing with it 2 just breathe it s all very well saying `be positive but how can we practically integrate positivity into our daily rituals as trivial as it sounds concentrating on our breathing can help as this calms us down and minimizes any anxiety we might be feeling take a few follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com


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moments every day to just be still close your eyes and focus on your body as it breathes in and out 3 relive your achievements going through the different stages of your life make a list of everything you ve achieved at school and work in your relationships as a parent and in your spare time look at this list whenever you need reminding that you need not be scared of change your achievements show you are more than capable of succeeding on this new adventure 4 be inspired doing something that others have successfully done makes the prospect less scary for inspiration from those who ve been there and done that ask people you know who ve successfully changed careers what worked for them and how they felt once they d landed their new role and had something to celebrate and enjoy 5 have fun making something fun takes away its power to be scary have fun with your career change by taking interesting weekend classes and attending hands-on workshops to learn new skills that ll look good on your cv play your favourite music in the background when you re at home browsing the internet for job vacancies or information on new careers when you go to job interviews wear one favourite accessory that livens up your outfit and makes you feel good without overpowering your look 6 team up it s easier to face our fears when we re not doing it alone team up with a pal neighbour or relative who s also changing careers by going to skills training courses together volunteering at the same place to experience different types of work or working on your cvs over coffee or lunch 7 read a lot we re often frightened by what we don t understand or know little about once we have more information on it the element of mystery disappears and we re less intimidated your fear of career change may well revolve around the fact that you ve never changed careers before and don t know what to expect so read books and ebooks on what finding a new career entails 8 hire a guide follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com


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having a career professional by our side can ease our nerves by giving us someone to talk our fears out with and get feedback from a quality career guide or coach will really listen to us and help us pinpoint and rationalize our fears 9 accept mistakes happen even if you make mistakes in your career change such as doing something in the job application process you should not have it s not the end of the world learn from mistakes and remember that you re still evolving as a human never mind as a job seeker 10 be yourself some of us make the mistake of thinking that to change careers we have to change who we are and the thought of that scares us rigid in truth the best way to find a new career that suits you is to be true to yourself and honest about what you re best at and what you want to do if you re frightened of moving forward you ll never move forward instead of thinking of career change as one big daunting journey take it one step at a time complete each step of the process before moving onto the next one and you ll soon be enjoying the journey of your life this checklist has been created by position ignition ltd one of the uk s leading career consulting companies and founders of the career ignition club please contact enquiries@positionignition.com for more information or to suggest additional resources follow us @posignition www.positionignition.com



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