This article is the 13th part in the series from Paul Mullan of Measurability.ie. Paul will be off on a well deserved break and will be back in early 2008. If you have a question you can reply to the article at the end, Paul promises to respond to all your queries. The other articles can be found here in our articles section.
Career Coaching – A New Year with a new career.
I found the results of a recent poll by an online recruitment site interesting but not surprising. The poll indicated that 6% of Irish workers who responded loved their jobs. 58% of respondents were considering a complete career change in the New Year. 17% were considering a complete change but not in the immediate future. 14% were not considering a career change because the considered it too much time an effort. The final 5% said they would not consider a complete career change because they could not afford a drop in salary. What category do you fit in? This article will give some points and advice for each of the categories except the 6% who love their job of course.
58% – Considering a complete career change
If you are considering a complete career change I congratulate you and encourage you to take action. It is important to prepare and plan effectively. The reality is that many in this category will make the wrong move and find themselves back in the 58% once again. Many employees drift from one career to another in the hope of career fulfilment and achievement. If you are considering a complete career change take the time to understand yourself to ensure they take the right road. It is important to explore areas such as your interests, how you prefer to work, your values and true motivation. Remember – if you don’t know where you are going any road will take you there.
17% – Considering a career change but not in the immediate future
What is holding you back? We are kings when it comes to making excuses, procrastinating and putting things on the long finger. If you are considering a career change in the first instance there must be something wrong. The only way to achieve results and resolve this is to take action. So stop putting it off. I refer you to the advice above and ensure if you do take action that there is a structure and planning to any career move.
14% – Not considering a career change because of time and effort
Correct!! Any change will in life will involve upheaval and it will take time and effort. I meet many individuals who could carve out a successful career in the art of complaining. They don’t like their job or career but don’t take any action. You have options and you make the choices and are in complete control of what you do. I suggest that you lean into it and see what opens up for you.
5% – Not considering a career change because can’t afford a salary drop.
Are you sure that you will have to take a drop? If you have researched it and the numbers don’t stack up then fine. There are always sacrifices involved to reach any dream but I realise there are also bills to pay and families to support – only you can make this decision. Most people use the prospect of decreased salary as a barrier to career change without doing research. They assume that they will have to take a salary drop but we all know what they say about ass-u-me. I have worked with many individuals who have made complete career changes while maintained their income or even increasing income. Research and start asking questions before you make assumptions – you may be surprised.
Article by Paul Mullan of Measurability.ie. Measurability offers Career Coaching to individuals (Career Direction, CV Design & Interview Coaching) and Assessment Solutions for businesses to improve their recruitment decisions.