Let’s take the pressure off - you don’t have to have your whole life figured out because:
- Every experience you have will be a building block to something else
- Every wrong turn will teach you about yourself and others
- Every career detour will lead you to another opportunity
- Every bump in the road will allow us to hone valuable transferable skills
- And, you will come to discover that there are no wrong turns!
What about the person who is 15 years into a career and wants to get into something new?
I sometimes think about my former clients who worked with me on their career change strategy. These were typically people in between 25-60 years old and were not happy in their work. They invested a lot of time, energy, education, and money into their careers. These were people who were ready to do work that was in a different field, but felt lost and discouraged at their wasted time in their previous careers. Helping these clients realize their transferable skills, knowledge, and expertise and how it would relate to another industry was such an empowering process!
I loved witnessing these ‘A-ha’ moments - when they started to see themselves in a new light.
The big take-away:
The skills used in your previous work don’t belong to the job, they belong to you!
So let’s review:
We don’t have to have everything figured out because the labour market plus our interests, skills, and priorities all change over time.
We can take the pressure off from making one final career decision because we know our career decisions continue throughout our entire lifespan.
We will be happier and if we reframe how we view our previous work experiences from disconnected to valuable building blocks.
Your action plan:
Make a list of the things you did in your previous jobs and start to dig out what skills are needed to do these tasks.
Think about your achievements and things you are proud of and do the same.
Keep a skills reflection journal (or spreadsheet if you are keen) to keep track of all your awesome experiences - this will be helpful for when you are preparing for an interview!
I hope this post created an ‘A-ha’ moment for you!