If you are currently holding down a full-time job, then you are probably wondering how you are going to find the time to make a career change or start your own business (or even just think about it). I’ve written this post for you! (though it will interestingly also work for those of you who have too much time on your hands).
You can either watch the video or read the post below (Or do both as I never stick to the script!).
The Scenario:You know you need to make a change and that staying in your current job is not sustainable – As a matter of fact it’s probably making you ill, unhappy or just purely miserable to be around. However, you are probably also feeling that when it comes to time, it’s pretty much out of your hands as an employee to control.
Taking full responsibility for your entire career (and life!) is the fastest path to career change.
Career change and entrepreneurship have become global obsessions. Everyone wants a slice. Whenever a new study is published, larger and larger percentages of corporate professionals come out as being fed up with their jobs, bosses, toxic company cultures and working hours. Are you one of them? Maybe you are devouring stories of people who successfully “made the jump” and seem to have it all figured with their fancy entrepreneurial ventures? Wondering what they know that you don’t?
“If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” – Erica Jong
For a lot of career changers and new entrepreneurs, the biggest question in their mind is “How do I know if I’m making the right choice?” The short answer is “You don’t/won’t know” But that’s honestly okay and shouldn’t turn you off – Because staying stuck is the riskiest plan of all!
Starting your own company or networking your way into a new career is not an irreversible move or (just one) decision – Everything is a test and you can always change your mind (AND use your old profession as a cash cow whilst planning your next plan of attack). But if you don’t make a choice, you’ll never know! That’s the beauty of actually making a choice and why it’s okay not to know everything for sure up front. Though there are plenty of ways to get pretty close to knowing.
If there is one word that makes most career changers and budding entrepreneurs get uncomfortable it’s “Networking.” And you know what, I can totally understand why! It has such an “eek” factor attached to it and instantly makes you think of a room full of desperate people literally stabbing you with their business card.
When I changed career back in 2005 and started my own company, I remember attending a couple of networking meetings, but quickly realizing that wasn’t my cuppa tea…And I’m an extreme extrovert who loves connecting with new people. But you know what – Whether you are an extrovert or not – What matters is what kind of people you meet AND whether you actually truly want to connect with them or not!