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It’s Never too late to change careers.

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

Most everyone experiences burnout at one time or another. For some, it’s a feeling of being overwhelmed by the number of projects or employees they manage. For others, it’s the redundancy of repetitious hours, days, weeks and months.

I know accountants, healthcare workers, teachers and many others in every industry who have dealt with burn out. Especially in the throws of this pandemic, our healthcare workers (physicians and other clinical people as well as other staff; ie IT professionals, environmental workers and support staff), in particular, are facing challenges at work, and at home as well. Some of these challenges are forcing the idea of pivoting.

Many of us had to choose a career when we were just 16 or 17 years old. Our decision at that time determined what college we might attend and what major we would declare. Did you REALLY know what you wanted to be when you grew up? Personally, I’ll share that I still don’t know what I want to be, except to say that I want to be the best ‘me’ I can be. I want to share all that I have learned (good and not-so-good) with those around me interested in listening and growing from my experiences.

There are a few things I suggest to focus on if you are considering changing careers, or even positions within or outside your current organization.

1. Know that many skills are transferable. Whatever you call it, customer service or service excellence, the ability to work well with others [clients and colleagues] are strengths. Having strong communications (verbal and written) are necessary traits in any role, in every industry. Soft skills [eye contact, active listening, body language and voice intonation] are qualities to possess and bring to any work environment. I suggest making a list of your core competencies. Doing so will give you a self-confidence boost.

2. More companies than ever before will be moving to a virtual world. It is cost effective in so many ways. Whether it’s for hiring purposes (interviews) or having individuals working remotely for some or all positions, working remotely will be the future direction. So, having technological skills are imperative. Now is a great time to brush up. There are several platforms (Zoom, FaceTime, and others) and many are offering free webinars so users can make the most of the tools available. Then, practice with family and friends and ask them to critique how your message is conveyed.

3. Regarding social media, take the time to review your posts on Facebook and other sites. Are your posts professional? Might they offend someone? Rest assured, prospective employers will check you out! Do you have a Linked-In account? Many employers seeking employees search this site.

4. Share with family, friends and trusted colleagues of your desire to make a change. If it is specific [getting your teaching certificate] or if you are uncertain about your specific direction, shadow someone in the field or engage a coach to flush out your ‘WHY’. Identify your passion(s) and pursue it. You and your new employer will greatly benefit. Many times, it’s not ‘what you know’ but ‘who you know’ that lands you your ideal opportunity.

If not now, when? Grab the brass ring. Pursue further education. Explore other avenues. If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?

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