Do you wonder if you have to retrain to change careers or to start your own business? Are you worried about having to go back to university or spend an enormous amount of time gaining lengthy qualifications?
The short answer is: You Probably DON’T have to…
… unless you want to go into an environment that requires a lot of specialist knowledge, or that’s highly regulated, like being a heart surgeon or a criminal defence lawyer.
However, what most successful entrepreneurs and what most successful career changers they do have in common is that they’re lifelong learners who LOVE learning.
They rarely tend to be full time students, and they tend to target their training and they tend to learn as they earn, they’re working learners.
The reason I know this?
I’m Rikke Hansen from Rikke.me, and since 2005, I’ve advised hundreds of aspiring career changers and entrepreneurs in transition on this very question.
Bar a tiny, tiny handful of those clients, none of them have had to go back to university or do a lengthy amount of training or obtain extensive qualifications before they got started.
That’s the good news for you.
The reason why they didn’t have to do that was because they followed 3 tips that I’m going to share with you now so you can get started too, because starting is what’s so important.
Also, be really open-minded to start out doing contract work, being a freelancer, and starting your own company, as opposed to insisting on doing this in a certain way. All right?
The 3 Proven Tips For Fast-Tracking Your Transition:
Number 1: Don’t rush into retraining.
AND don’t take for granted that retraining is the only way or that it’s even required.
The way to figure that one out is to get really clear on your WHAT first, before you even start worrying. So get clear about what is it you really want to do, what is that career or that business you really want to go into next.
Then, do your research to make sure you really understanding what’s required.
Not just the classic, traditional stuff, rather what are the different ways people might have entered that profession, entered that business, what are the “work arounds”, who are the people you need to know, what is the network you need to build? That is so important.
Warning: You might be coming right now from a profession that’s highly regulated, where there’s a lot of specialist knowledge needed, and that might mean you take for granted that it’s like that everywhere else you’re gonna be going next, but that might not be the case.
I see so many people who make this mistake: They just take for granted, “Oh, but I’m gonna have to retrain, do a conversion degree, I’m gonna have to <insert assumption here>.”
Right now, you’re probably worrying way too early, or you’re making too many assumptions.
Instead, do your homework, nail down first of all WHAT you really want to do, and then you need to look at what are the different ways in, especially what are the more recent ways of getting into that.
Don’t ever take for granted that you have to retrain. Like I said before, very few of my clients have had to, if there’s a will, there is a way. Unless you want to be a plastic surgeon or anything that’s highly regulated or that requires lots of specialist knowledge up front.
Number 2: Don’t underestimate the skills you ALREADY have.
You likely already have everything you need to at least get started.
If you’re watching this video/reading this post, you’re likely in your 30s or 40s, maybe a little bit older or a little bit younger. You’ve already spent years working, you already have a phenomenal skill set.
Here’s what I noticed with the many hundreds of clients that I’ve advised:
Most of those who’ve changed careers or started their own business, they rarely did something they’d never done before in some capacity.
There was a skill set or personality trait that they could use and really turn up the volume on, in order to make that transition, whether that was into a business or into a career change job.
That’s what I really want you to think about. You’ve likely been 5, 10, 15 plus years in the workforce, which means you’ve got a whole host of skills, personality traits and things that are unique about you.
It’s really up to you to showcase and to translate these for where you’re going next.
That’s where so many people fall down.
You look at the CV or you look at their About Me page, and they feel like they have to do the confession chair approach and tell you exactly what they’ve done and what they was called in the language of the profession they used to be in.
Instead: Take charge. Own Brand You, own Business You.
Use the language that makes sense in the light of the future.
Whatever it is that’s really required in that profession you want to go into, that job, that business you want to go into, use that language to describe what you’ve done and don’t just think that you are only allowed to talk about things that you’ve done within your job.
What about outside of your work? What about all of those things you always end up doing in your jobs that aren’t in your job description? Those other things that you do love and you’re bloody good at – Tell me about them. Tell your new clients, tell your new employer about them.
It’s really up to YOU to do that translation piece, so own it.
Remember: You likely already have everything you need to get started.
Number 3: Get started. Then learn as you earn.
Be a working learner. Be an earning learner. That’s what’s so important. Like I said at the beginning of this video, successful people in the workplace, whether they’re entrepreneurs or people working for other people, what they have in common is that they’re lifelong learners and the way that the learning environment is going, the whole education environment is going for those of us who are no longer going to University, who are professionals, is that it’s short term, highly targeted learning.
Short term, highly targeted learning. Often online.
That’s really the mindset I want you to get into.
Get started and then look at what highly what highly targeted training you need and then do that as you go along.
For example: I’ve been a transition advisor since 2005. I still train. I still learn.
Learn about psychology, online businesses and the future of work. I spend a lot of my money on training.
Why? Because I bloody love my subject and want to be the best in the world and that’s what I really want you to think about too. Get started and then learn as you go.
Because the fact is if it’s really the right thing for you, that right business, that right career, then you are going to want to learn about it. You’re going to have a real hunger for wanting to learn. But the thing is, learn as you earn. Get started then do it on the side. Whether it’s online, spare time, whatever it is.
Warning: If you don’t feel like going to learn about the thing you want to go into next, then it’s probably not the right thing for you. So there is a good litmus test too.
That’s what’s so important. Get started.
Number 1: Don’t rush into retraining. You likely don’t need to.
Number 2: Don’t underestimate your existing skill set. You likely already have everything you need to get started.
Number 3: Get started. And then learn as you earn and learn as you go.
Want more help nailing down WHAT you really want to do next?
Click HERE – I’ve got a very concrete one pager over there for you, so you can get started straightaway.
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