Changing jobs/career – where do I start?

Do you want to change your job/role or even career but don’t know where to start?

It can be a scary thing to change jobs and even scarier to move into a new career, especially if you’re not sure what you want to do next.

This post is designed to help you make a start on getting a little clarity on what’s next. I’ve posed four questions for you to ask yourself, so before you read on – grab a pen and paper.

What do I want?

‘What do I want from my career’? If that too difficult to answer, ask yourself: ‘What do I not want’?

The latter is often easier to call out. When we flip what we don’t want, what we do want is always a little clearer.

How do I want to feel? 

Have you ever asked yourself how you want to feel in your work? Or perhaps, how do you not want to feel?

We spend so much of our adult lives at work, so being able to feel good about it on a daily basis is a pretty basic requirement.

If you know how you don’t want to feel in your working environment, you can already eliminate many roles and this can be a simple but very effective way to figure out what you want and need from this change.

What am I known for?

What do people come to me for?

This is most likely the thing you’re good at. And if you’re good at it, it’s probably because you enjoy it.

This question may be hard to answer for yourself, so ask some trusted friends/colleagues and start getting to know yourself a little better.

What do I want more of?

We rarely want to change everything about our work, so it’s worth looking at your current and/or past roles to call out what you want to bring with you into your new role/career.

What do I do now that I know I’m good at? – Remember to get help from those trusted colleagues.

What do I do now that I enjoy and want to spend more time doing?

What do I do now that I want to develop?

These four questions are designed to help you get some clarity if you’re thinking about changing roles/career and not really sure where to start.

If you’re in the middle of such a change a need extra support, click on the contact me page and I’ll be happy to help.

Catriona x.

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