People often get cold feet when leaving their jobs. It’s the anxiety that gets them to realize how other jobs may not be able to offer a better world for them, and how much they could lose if they take the risk of stepping into a new career path, especially if later in life.
If you’re one of these people, allow us to change your mind. As long as you have the time and attitude, you don’t necessarily need to quit your current job to get a new career path. There are several ways you can do it, assuming you possess a strong mindset.
Here’s how you can get a new career without leaving your current one.
Conduct a Self-Assessment
Before you take the plunge, assess yourself first. This is the best time you learn about yourself. Your strengths, weaknesses, capabilities, priorities, finances, and even your values, interests, beliefs, and traits. This way, it would be easier to find the right occupation for you that allows you to grow more and provide additional satisfaction than your current job.
Don’t Rush Things
If you’re hyped up about trying a new career and want to start right away just because, it’s not a good idea. You’re only going to end up full of regrets and “should-have-beens.”
When finding a new career path while still in your current job, see to it the arrow is pointing to the greener side. And you probably can’t get this assurance if you rush things over. Bide all the time you have to think. This will keep you from making bad decisions that lead to remorse.
Do Thorough Research
“Do I have the right training and qualifications to perform best in this new job? Would I be able to keep their demands and consistently be up for the tasks? Will I jeopardize my performance in my current job for my new job?”
Before jumping into a new career path, thorough research will swing you over from embarrassing yourself and the company you intend to work for. You have to find out what it’s like to work in the new company and if you can still balance it with your current job. If not, then better stick to your current job alone.
Don’t Make Decisions Alone
When deciding, don’t do things alone. Reach out to your trusted peers, mentors, and family who might actually guide you in making a good decision. Their advice and experiences can significantly impact how you manage your priorities and aspirations in your career plans.
Create a List
You probably have a long list of occupations you want to apply to, but creating a list and narrowing it down can make it easier for you to pick the career that fits you best. Don’t be afraid to explore occupations that appeal to you but seem impractical at first. And don’t choose jobs that you’re unwilling to have even when they offer great perks.
When you have identified your personal goals and the new career path you want to take while still in your current job, the next brave thing to do is to get it started. Sure, it might be hard at first balancing two jobs, but if you have the right attitude, time management, and passion to do both things, it can just go easy and, heck, a whole lot of fun. Eventually, when you get used to it, it might not even feel like a job!
Starting a new career path without leaving your first might be too overwhelming and considerably challenging, but it’s never impossible. Take your brave heart with you, and get started!