Have you been saying for months or even years that you are not happy with your job and want a career change? Do you struggle to know where to start? Do you fear change and so have ended up remaining in a role you dislike, despite your motivation decreasing daily?
You are not alone! Many individuals remain in their current role despite knowing their career aspirations are likely to be found elsewhere. They remain in these roles due to the common mistaken belief that a career change requires a big life change and therefore involves taking a big step to achieve it. This step is simply too big, unachievable and scary and so excuses are made to delay any change.
‘It is not the right time.’
‘The market isn’t good right now.’
‘It is too risky.’
You remain disappointed and unhappy, continually waiting for the right time to make this big step.
This is so frustrating for you. However, it doesn’t have to be. Let me use a quote from Lao Tzu to explain to you how to make your dream career change manageable and achievable.
‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’ (Lao Tzu)
All that is required of you is to take the first single step towards your career change now. Yes, it really is that easy.
Think about it, everything in life requires a first step. Why should this be any different? To get to work each day, requires you to get out of bed. To eat your meals at home, requires the purchase of food. To arrange a night out with friends, requires communication with your friends. Without these first steps, you wouldn’t get to work, eat or see your friends.
The five steps towards a career change
Let me summarise this in five simple steps:
- Accept that a career change does not necessarily involve one great big step.
- Use the above words of Lao Tzu, to frame your thoughts.
‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’
- Decide on your first single step and do it!
- Once you have taken the first step, you will have the knowledge and confidence to work out the next step.
- Keep taking small steps until you succeed in reaching your desired career.
This journey may take months. However, you will always be moving forward and it is far easier to achieve a small first step, followed by lots of little steps, than a great big jump into the unknown. Often taking lots of small steps gets you to your goal more quickly than going for one big, difficult leap and the one that counts the most is the first single step.
‘A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.’