Pivot Your Career Path
It’s no easy thing to choose a career and sticking with it. More often than not, we study and pursue a field we end up disinterested in, only to discover our true affinities along the way. Luckily, in this day and age, we have the resources to make huge pivots in our careers – not only that, but it’s increasingly more encouraged. Many believe that the days of traditional employment are over. With the new wave of ‘adult’ millennials, the common newcomer in the workforce often works three or four jobs before settling down to find the one they want to stick with. We now encourage that flexibility. We encourage our youth to find jobs they love, to never settle, that a corporate job with vacation days isn’t the end goal anymore. So we’re here to tell you that if you’re feeling stagnant like you need a change or that what you’re doing isn’t right for you anymore, worry not; there are ways to pivot your career.
Yes, we know. It sounds a bit flowery. Be self-aware and you can change your life! Although it’s not that simple, the core meaning is. Understand your wants and needs. What is your end goal? What do you truly love to do? If you’re currently complacent in your current work environment but have no idea what you want to do otherwise, then the first step of the solution is searching for that something. Alan Watts asks, ‘what would you like to do if money were no object?’ Although there’s an element of being realistic to answering that question, it’s still a great thing to think about to explore what you actually want to spend your time doing.
Literally, right now. Today. Make a change. Even if it’s as simple as creating a new resume and looking up some places to send it. Explore different outlets. Explore a passion if you have one. Just as well, if you want to find a way to start making better money, look to things that are not unrealistic but have predominantly worked for others throughout recent history (i.e. real estate). For instance, Nick Evans from Frontier Properties says that ‘real estate gave me the opportunity to get out of my regular job. I wonder sometimes if I wouldn’t have just meandered through my monotonous situation if I hadn’t started pursuing another outlet (real estate) the day I realized I wasn’t happy.’
Create a network
This is especially important when it comes to opportunities. There’s that saying that goes ‘when opportunity knocks…’ but the truth of that is it happens very little if we don’t make the effort to create it. By creating a network you allow for exposure to multiple different industries/groups of people which will, in turn, open potential doors. Create social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn. Market yourself with a website from a site like Branded.me. Be social. Make the effort to meet new people and create introductions. The more people in your network, the larger it has the capability to grow.
Just do it. Start something. Build a new resume. Design your own website. Even if you don’t know why you’re doing it, do it. The reason being is creative design is stimulating. At the very least it’ll be a productive task that could help you discover what it is you’re looking for. Build a brand. Think of a company that you always wanted to start. An application idea. Draw a picture. Just get out and do something.
Build Your Own Action Plan/Deadline
You’ve been to school. You know what we’re talking about. How much more likely are you to do something when the teacher has made a due date to light the fire under your feet? Do the same thing for yourself. Find out what you need to accomplish for said goal (do you need licenses, degrees, certifications, so forth), and then build a plan of action. Give yourself a reasonable but tight deadline. Track your progress on a calendar. Use it as both a reality check and motivation.
A coveted workplace makes for a happier and more productive you. With the tools we have today, there’s no reason any of us should ever feel complacent at our current employment/careers. Best yet, all the tips mentioned before do not require a ‘quit your job today’ plan of action. It’s all things you can manage on the side to start paving a path towards a career you want. It’s not pivoting careers that’s hard, it’s building the courage and discipline to do it.
This is a sponsored post via Purple Camel Media
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