Career Change, it’s natural to fear change but when/if the time comes when not changing career is more terrifying than changing, it’s time to go for it, expect to be scared by the prospect, just try to channel this energy into forward motion instead of paralysis.
Career Change, it’s natural to fear changeBut when/if the time comes when not changing careers is more terrifying than changing, it’s time to go for it. Expect to be scared by the prospect, just try to channel this energy into forward motion instead of paralysis.
Following these steps will help you gently move from the shallow end to the deep, instead of diving in headfirst. The water can be cold at first, but if you go slowly, you’ll acclimate.
Living in LA I have many friends who say they want to be an actor. When I ask about their acting classes I often hear “oh, I don’t do that – that’s boring.” Or they complain about driving around town for auditions along with 100 other people. Or when they do get a part on a show I’ll hear them complain about the 16 hour days when they spent all but 10 minutes of that sitting around waiting for their scene to be shot. I have to wonder what exactly they thought being an actor meant. It’s not all in-front-of-the-camera-emoting or accepting an Oscar. The daily grind is a large part of the gig.
For example, years ago I thought I might like to get into fashion design and manufacturing. My background however was in finance so I applied for a position as an accountant at a fashion house. Working in that capacity gave me a look at the inner workings. So much so that I found out it was not for me, but I saved myself many years of fashion design school and then internship and then job seeking before realizing that arena was not what I pictured.
Learning these skills will also help beef up your resume. You can’t apply for a video-game programmer position with only barista experience listed. However, if you’ve been taking classes on programming, you can list those. If you’ve written amateur game programs, list those. Don’t completely scratch your barista experience, but highlight aspects that can crossover as helpful in your new field, such as worked well with others or created new software application to inventory coffee.
Look at this period of time as a sort of internship in a part-time job. Put the hours every day/week into it. Then, at some point, dive into the deep end. You’re prepared. It’s easy to mull something over forever and get stuck thinking you’re not ready. At some point you have to trust and make the leap.
Still, realize that you’ll be competing in the job field with people who may have more experience than you in your new career choice. That’s okay. Remember to draw parallels between aspects of your prior career that relate to your new one. Impress upon interviewers the concept that you’ll be bringing new eyes and new passion and a different slant than persons who have been in the field for years.
Above all, develop a positive attitude and a sense of great expectations. Cultivate a sense of destiny and self-assurance that this change will have a positive outcome.
And learn to breathe. Learning to breathe while swimming is the most important part.