Career Change Doesn't Have to be Scary
"Change." The very word can sometimes produce fear in many people. Why? Because lurking behind the word "change" is oftentimes the word unknown, and for most people itís the fear of the unknown which makes them afraid of change.
When it comes to making career changes, the fear of the unknown is what keeps people paralyzed, which also keeps them stuck in unfulfilling jobs, hating to go to work every day. At least itís known, right? And, for most people, a crappy known beats an unknown any day, even if that unknown will eventually make someone happier.
If youíre reading this and you recognize yourself, itís time to take the bull by the horns and start making some changes. And, yes, that means facing the unknown.
When deciding to change career directions, you can help minimize the unknown by doing some of the following:
1. Realize how many times in the past youíve faced the unknown successfully.
Well, that sounds simple, doesnít it? And, it is. Just take out a piece of paper and write down the many times in the past youíve made changes successfully. What youíll soon see is that many of those times you didnít really know what to expect, but you went ahead and made changes anyway, often times achieving results far better than youíd expected. This helps drum it in to your subconscious that you have faced the unknown in the past and you can do it again.
2. Visualize a successful change.
Again, the point here is to get you used to the change, turning it from an unknown to a known. You can achieve this by sitting in a quiet place where you wonít be disturbed; close your eyes, take several deep breaths, and allow yourself to get deeper and deeper into relaxation. Some people like to count backwards from 10 to 1, even imagining walking down a staircase, taking a step down with each count downward. Once youíre in a more relaxed place, imagine yourself achieving your career goal. If youíre going back to school, imagine taking the classes, either sitting at your computer taking an online course, or seated in a classroom. Imagine and visualize how calm you are, how youíre enjoying learning new things. Imagine graduating. Then imagine working in your new field. Really feel how calm you are, how excited you are to have made the change. Feel how the success would feel to you.
3. Prepare and plan.
Turn the unknown into a known by planning and preparation. Research the career change you would like to make. If the career change is owning your own business, research everything you can about running a business. If youíre going back to school, research all you can about the different programs, the success rate, what your job prospects will be after you graduate or earn a certificate. Once you arm yourself with knowledge, the future becomes less of an unknown.
Again, change doesnít have to be scary. But, staying in a job you hate, or facing a downturn in your current career without a plan? Now, that's scary.
About the Author: Shari Hearn is a writer and creator of a Career Training site where you can find out about such things as Criminal Justice Career.