“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it’’ – Steve Jobs
Change – it’s a word that invokes mixture of feelings – Fear of the unknown, Anxiety about the results, Excitement in doing something new…all at once. For most of us who chose a career way ahead in early 20’s after careful deliberation, retracting from that and hopping onto something new might be unsettling. The metamorphosis of an ‘’Expert’’ to a ‘’Beginner’’ is always a bit daunting.
While change is never easy, it takes immense hard work to succeed in a new venture. Often, it’s better to jump in and face the challenges than to sit and contemplate endlessly. Whether it’s intentional or owing to circumstances, few do’s to guide during the transition of Career change:
- Introspect and Act :
Before you begin, analyse your strengths, reassess your skills, areas of expertise and choose the field. Recollect your school or college days and delve into your interests, do a reality check to see if you can still make a living out of it.
- Expect the Unexpected :
Once finalised, understand the requirements of your new job. Work hard and be prepared for any contingencies. Accept the reality that everything will not be the way it was planned.
- Walk the Rope:
Take baby steps, have measurable goals. Scrutinise regularly and take corrective action plans without delay. Adapt gradually to changes and mentally prepare for the fact that you might have to start from grassroots level.
- Communication is Key:
Build a network of like-minded people – family, friends or people in your field to act as mentors/support group. Talk about your progress and challenges to seek feedback.
- Trust the Process :
Have the faith to hold on and stay positive. In case of early setbacks, don’t regret your decision, instead change your work methodology and await better results.
All good things take time, so breathe in and do your best. While the metamorphosis is challenging, the satisfaction you derive in starting over and succeeding will be worth the process. As goes my favourite saying by Lewis Carroll “In the end, we only regret the chances we dint take”.
You may also want to read other articles written by the same author: ‘Stop limiting yourself‘, ‘Doing what you love – hobbies and passion to opportunity‘, ‘ Maximise your productivity to unleash your potential‘, ‘Be your own boss‘, ‘Broaden your intellectual horizon‘, ‘Sabbatical – A leap of faith‘.
About the author:
Nithya Jagadish – A commerce graduate with an overall experience of 10 years in the Corporate Industry. Having handled diversified assignments at HSBC and Hewlett Packard, I decided to take a break for a while. Now, a doting mother of a one year old child, I spend my day reading, apprising on my topics of interest and baby-sitting. I strongly believe in living life to the fullest and making the most of each beautiful day.
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