It’s not uncommon to feel stuck in a career rut, but taking the plunge and starting from scratch in an entirely new area can feel like a huge risk, especially if you have a mortgage to pay or children to look after.
If you still have that nagging feeling that you’re just not passionate about your current job, take tips from Miisa Mink.
As a mother, author and blogger, she’d also built a successful career in branding, before she decided to leave the corporate world to do what excited her most.
Now an entrepreneur, she co-owns in the Nordic Bakery in London, is the founder of jewellery line Mink&Stone and runs the website DrivenWoman - a network for women that helps them to achieve their goals – so it’s fair to say she knows a thing or two about carving out the perfect career path and getting the lifestyle you want.
Read on for her top five career change tips and prepare to get back that joie de vivre.
1. Write down your ‘life goals’
Sometimes we feel frustrated in our career because it simply doesn’t fit the lifestyle we want. Write down what you want from life overall before considering your career options. Is it financial freedom? Making a difference to others? Being creative? Having lots of free time for family? Try also considering the values you want to live by.
2. Think long term
A lot of the time a career change is done with a very short-term view; you are not happy in a current job so you apply for a couple of new ones that fit or slightly expand your skill level. If you take a long-term view, you can identify new skills you need to develop over time before you can reach your goals and build a new and more satisfying career.
3. Build your financial buffer
People end up making hasty decisions because of financial pressure. The larger the career or lifestyle change you are looking for, the bigger your financial buffer should be. If you are dreaming about starting your own business, for instance, keep working in a full-time job as long as possible so you can pay your bills. Or if you are looking for more free time, start building a second income stream alongside your main job.
4. Stop being ‘reactive’
On many occasions a career change is based on ‘an opportunity not to be missed’. When someone offers you a new job, a better title and a bigger salary, it’s very tempting to say ‘yes’! But it’s your ego talking and not necessarily your heart. In a couple of years you may feel as frustrated as the day you started. Stop being reactive to opportunities and start building your own. Evaluate everything based on your own ‘life goals’.
5. Prepare to work hard
The bigger the career shift the harder you have to work. This is not a bad thing as you are working towards the things you love and are passionate about, but the biggest pitfall is unrealistic expectations on how long things may take. If you are setting up your own business, ‘nothing’ may happen for two years. This is very common and doesn’t mean your idea is bad or you have failed. If you are prepared for a marathon rather than a sprint you will overcome the obstacles that inevitably will be in your way.
Inspiration credits: Sunglasses-Shop.com, FashionTechForum.com, MyHome.pl