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The Why, What and When of Career Transition

 Over the course of our lives, we experience numerous personal and professional transitions.

 As you navigate transitions, it may be beneficial to reconnect with what you genuinely want for yourself in your next job. Doing this will enable you to see your work and career (what you do and where you do it) in a way that is personally meaningful, engaging, satisfying, and in alignment with who you are and your values.

 If you are to ask successful leaders or those who have achieved a great milestone throughout the course of their careers about their plans or career goals, you’ll be surprised to know they have none. Rather, they had an idea (an image) and an understanding of what they liked and did not like, as well as some general guidelines for how to lead their personal lives and work .

 This only goes to show that knowing what you want to do with your life and career is not the same as being able to identify a specific job position in a specific industry at a specific company. That may be a career goal, but it doesn't address the most fundamental aspects of satisfaction and success.

 Identifying and setting career and life goals can be quite challenging.  Career coaches

can offer help to you in this area though certainly, this process will take time for you to develop but it’s an investment that would offer you dividends time and time again.

 Now are you ready to take that first step to move to a new job? If you still in doubt, you might want to first think of the why, the what, and the when of transitioning to a new career.

 THE WHY

 Begin by determining why you wish to leave your current position.

 Is it the organization's culture, the individuals you work with, or something else that's holding you back? You might discover, that you enjoy your career but want to try something new or work in a different industry. It's vital to be brutally honest with yourself and consider all options.

 Keep the big picture in mind.

 Long-term planning might be difficult, but having a mental vision of the kind of life you want to live can assist.

Work and life are inextricably linked. Work is a necessary aspect of life. Consider where you want to live, who you want to partner with (if you want a partner at all), and how you want to spend your time on a daily basis.

THE WHAT

Examine yourself.

 While some may already know they want to work in a different industry or return to school to study something new, many others are unsure about their future steps. However, if you don't know where you are, it's impossible to know where you're going.

 The most straightforward way to do this self-evaluation is to ask yourself the following questions:

What is my ultimate goal?

Will I grow closer to my ultimate goal if I keep doing what I'm doing today?

Will my future self, at the age of 80, have more or fewer regrets as a result of my current decisions?

THE WHEN

Expect a number of rejections.

Unfortunately, prior experience is significantly weighted in most job transfers and recruiting processes. Assume you're a technology sales manager looking to branch out into trading or hedge funds. Even if you have the skills to shift to a different sector, most recruiters will steer you into a career that is quite similar to your current one.

Keep your expectations in check.

In the immediate future, several transformations appear unlikely. Set reasonable goals in realistic timeframes to avoid setting yourself up for failure. We overestimate what we can accomplish in a year while underestimating what we can accomplish in ten. You can change your industry, function, and geographic location, but none of these things will happen overnight. Gradual transformation is frequently more long-term.

Transitioning jobs are intricate, and there's generally a lot more to them than meets the eye, so you'll have to unpack the layers one by one.

If you aren't considering a career change right now, you will be in the future. When that day arrives, approach it with curiosity, conviction, and dedication. Transitions in your career can be challenging, but they can also serve as catalysts for developing a future self you'll be proud of. There is no way to ensure success, yet failing to attempt may result in regret.

Reclaim your confidence.

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