So, you have thought of changing careers. We all have at some point in our lives. But today, it has become more accessible than ever. This highly connected, mobile, and
Changing Careers and Setting Goals
Every action we take begins with intention. The power of intention is well studied, but not entirely understood. Intention usually involves visualization of a goal. Even the simple act of moving our arms involves visualized intention. This act of visualized intention can apply to changing careers. Visualize where you want to be and intend to get there. It will amaze you the doors of opportunity that begin to open. You will start to have new experiences and meet new people to help you along the path of reaching your goal.
Once you decide on what you want to do, the next step is to educate yourself and learn from experts in the field. Most successful people can attribute their success to a mentor. And since they received this act of generosity from someone, they want to give back and also be a positive influence on someone else’s life.
Gaining New Skills
Changing careers is never an easy decision, but technology has made it a little easier than in the past. The best way to begin changing your career is to gain new skills. Some adults choose to go back to university to earn a new degree or get a certificate. And for many individuals, this is a viable long-term plan. For some though, it is not a good fit.
The Internet allows people to connect and interact like at no other time in our history. Individuals that have successfully transitioned and changed careers are becoming mentors and life coaches to help others do the same. For many people that want a career change, this is a perfect solution. We all have memories of our favorite teachers. They leave a permanent and positive effect on our lives. Mentors and life coaches offer the same experience.
Mentors and life coaches offer practical life experiences to their students. High definition (HD) cameras, broadband connections, and video streaming services are giving mentors the opportunity to reach more students effectively. Moreover, students can interact with their mentors and other fellow students instantaneously.
Formulating a Plan for Career Change
After you have chosen what you want to do and visualized yourself getting there, it’s time to plan. All successful endeavors begin with a plan, and that applies to changing careers. If you don’t know where to start, a life coach or mentor can help with that. But it is important to begin writing down what you need to do to attain your visualized goal.
Your plan might be as simple as setting aside an hour a day learning a new skill. Then once you have attained your new talent, the next part of the plan would be to begin implementing and applying your unique ability. This is where you start to learn through experience and become an expert. Once you are confident, the next part of the plan would be how to monetize your expertise. It is best to involve a mentor or life coach during your planning phase. It makes it easier when you have someone by your side helping you and encouraging you along the way.
What a Mentor/Life Coach Can Help You With
Mentors and life coaches have been through what you are about to embark on. Considering changing careers means that you are asking yourself many questions. Do any of these ring a bell?
I’m feeling lost. What is it that I want to do with my life?
Feeling lost can happen at any time in your life. Many people feel lost at the beginning of a career, but many people also feel lost when an unexpected event occurs. Maybe you just got divorced, or you got laid off. But you are not alone. There is life after divorce, and there is life after being laid off.
I’m feeling stuck. How can I get out of the situation I am in?
Many of us work at a career, but then find ourselves stuck. You realize you are not getting the recognition you deserve, or you are not moving up within the organization. Whatever the cause of feeling stuck, know that there are solutions and systematic ways of finding a way out.
I need more confidence. What can get me feeling more confident in myself?
It feels great to be confident, but it feels awful not to be. Knowledge and experience are the easiest way to gain confidence. But for some of us, that is still not enough. We need to be wary of our inner voice and remember not to be so hard on ourselves. Setting goals and achieving them also helps with self-confidence.
I am tired and exhausted. Is there a better career out there for me?
Many employers take advantage of individuals that do all the work. These individuals will eventually get burned out. Does that remind you of yourself? If this is the case, know that your energies are best spent on projects that are more rewarding for you. A career change is in your cards.
I have no work/life balance. How can I improve that?
Stress is a silent, yet deadly matter. Many of us with a good work ethic become workaholics. We are loyal, so work ends up taking over our lives. But if all you do is work, then you are setting yourself up for disaster. Balance must be introduced in this situation. Balancing work and life can be difficult, but there are proven ways to bring stability to your life.
I always wanted to do (fill in the blank). How can I achieve my dreams?
Life sometimes gets in the way, and responsibilities are forced upon us. Then ten years later, we are not happy with the way things turned out. Just know that it’s never too late to realize your dreams. It’s time to do what you want to do and not what others expect of you. Break out of your mold and be who you always wanted to be.
I am not happy. How do I create the life that I want?
Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint why we are not feeling happy. But if your career is keeping you down, then it’s time for a change. The next chapter in your life can start whenever you decide to do so. You are in control of your future. You can create the life that you want.
What is my purpose? Why am I here?
The age-old question of “why?” Only you can answer that question for yourself. This is where self-reflection comes in. This is where you dig deep and find out what makes you happy. Is it volunteering and giving back? Maybe philanthropy? Or, providing for your family? Writing books? Painting? Or creating companies? Whatever it is, find it, then pursue it.
A mentor or life coach can help you with all of these questions and more. Your next step is finding a platform that supports the mentor/student relationship. We believe that NXT-CHPTR is that platform.
NXT-CHPTR – Bringing Mentors and Students Together
At NXT-CHPTR, we recognize the power of mentorship for individuals that seek out a career change. We know the courage it takes to initiate such a move. But having a support system there can make the transition easier. We are providing a platform where mentors and students can support each other through live group video courses. The benefits of a live class is the instantaneous feedback received by all participants. While other online course platforms provide a learning experience through saved online courses, they lack the intimacy needed for a successful mentorship program.
The mentors and life coaches themselves develop our courses. They are offering students practical ways of improving their lives through techniques they have identified and implemented successfully. Changing careers is not easy, but you don’t have to go it alone. NXT-CHPTR provides an experience you won’t find anywhere else.
This article was originally posted on the NXT-CHPTR website on August 24th, 2018. I have posted it here with permission from the site owner.
If you have any questions, I can be contacted here.