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In to­day's world, in­di­vid­u­als will change ca­reers on av­er­age 7 times more in their life­time, com­pared to only a cou­ple of decades ago – and this rate is ris­ing. There is more choice avail­able to us – es­pe­cially for those with tal­ent, drive and am­bi­tion. Cur­rently the sup­port that we tend to find is re­ally lim­ited. It's also pretty generic – maybe some ca­reers ad­vice from your school, uni or MBA school. Oth­er­wise not much sup­port un­til you are re­ally se­nior in an or­gan­i­sa­tion – and even then whether it is ef­fec­tive or not is de­bat­able!

What re­sults is a com­bi­na­tion of lack of con­trol and a cy­cle of move­ment from one un­ful­fill­ing job to an­other, or get­ting stuck at a 'dead end'. How­ever – do not fear – you do not need to stay in this 'rut'. New hori­zons could be just around the cor­ner..

So – you want to look for a new and the right role. This can be chal­leng­ing, dif­fi­cult, lonely, and some­times stress­ful. You might want to con­sider get­ting some­one to 'walk the path' with you and help you get clear about what your op­tions are, what you want to do and how to get there can be hugely valu­able. It is even more help­ful when you know that the per­son ac­com­pa­ny­ing you has been in­volved in this process be­fore on many oc­ca­sions and is a real ex­pert. So if you work with some­one to help with your ca­reer change look at their work and life ex­pe­ri­ence to make sure they know what they are on about!

Right – so you are ready to change ca­reers and want to find that right role. In or­der to suc­ceed bare in mind the fol­low­ing tips:

- This jour­ney is im­por­tant – so give your­self time to work it all out. You will need a sig­nif­i­cant amount of thought, con­sid­er­a­tion, time and in­vest­ment in or­der to make this change smoothly and to make it the right ca­reer change. There are many key stages and turn­ing points to con­sider so take the time to do it.

- With­out real clar­ity about what you want to do or how to get it, achiev­ing any sense of ful­fil­ment or be­ing in con­trol of your fu­ture will be very dif­fi­cult. There­fore it is re­ally im­por­tant to work on get­ting clear about what your cen­tral goal is and how to achieve it. If you want to learn about the dif­fer­ent ways to do this then feel free to drop us a note.

- Sim­ply know­ing what you want will not en­sure that you get it. You need to be clear about your plan of ac­tion and how to carry out what you have specif­i­cally de­signed for your­self. Get clear achiev­able steps in place. Out­line it so that it is bro­ken down into steps that you can work through to­wards that big­ger goal. Re­ward your­self and be proud of your­self as you get through each stage of your plan.

- Mak­ing a change and find­ing the right role is not al­ways an easy task. It can be tough, tire­some and long. You need to stay re­ally fo­cused and be ef­fi­cient around where you put your en­ergy and ef­fort to get the out­come you want. Make sure that you are in con­trol of the key el­e­ments in your world and are able to drive for­ward with the ca­reer and life of your choos­ing. You will need per­se­ver­ance and de­ter­mi­na­tion to help. Be­ing smart about how you spend your time is cru­cial.

- Get to know your­self bet­ter. Iden­tify what your key strengths

are. What are you re­ally good at? What do you en­joy that you are also good at? What skills have you learnt? What are you nat­u­rally in­clined to do and be bet­ter at? Make sure that you get right to the core of it. The more you know your­self the more con­fi­dent you will be­come and the bet­ter you will be at iden­tify the right role for you and pro­ject­ing your­self in or­der to get it.

- With­out real pas­sion for a role – it will be dif­fi­cult to get. Even if you do get it – you will find it dif­fi­cult to main­tain and grow within and be­yond it. What you want here is the right role. This means some­thing that you are truly pas­sion­ate about. It might take a bit of ex­per­i­ment­ing to find what 'floats your boat' – but it will be worth it when you have found it.

- Be­ing clear about what works and what doesn't work for you in or­der to be happy can be ground­break­ing. It sounds sim­ple but so many of us do not ac­tu­ally take the time to work it out. In each dif­fer­ent work sit­u­a­tion – we may have dif­fer­ent bound­aries. By be­ing clear about what they are and then com­mu­ni­cat­ing this clearly to oth­ers and stay­ing true to what is im­por­tant – will make a huge dif­fer­ence. This im­pacts work and your per­sonal set­tings.

- This is im­por­tant from all as­pects. If you learn to man­age your re­la­tion­ships ef­fec­tively you will be able to con­trol the process and tran­si­tion. You will be able to man­age your exit smoothly from your cur­rent or old role. Un­der­stand­ing where your old boss is com­ing from and the im­pact you have on him/her – and how you in­ter­act could re­ally in­flu­ence how you leave a job. How you get your next job and keep it may also rely heav­ily on your abil­ity to man­age re­la­tion­ships well.

- Learn how to net­work and har­ness your con­nec­tions ef­fec­tively. This does not mean bom­bard­ing peo­ple you do not know with emails or adding ev­ery­one you can find to linkedin. Nei­ther is this pick­ing up as many busi­ness cards you can at a net­work­ing event and call­ing that per­son part of your 'net­work'. Real net­work­ing is about get­ting to know peo­ple. You need to work on iden­ti­fy­ing and get­ting to know those who can help you along your way.

- All of us have them at one stage or an­other. Many of us keep them for years. How­ever, do not let them stop you. If you are afraid – that is ok – just do not let it take over and con­trol what you do or do not do. If some­thing is block­ing you from mov­ing for­ward – take the time and ac­tion you need to con­front it, deal with it and re­solve it. This does not have to be done alone. Find sup­port from those around you. Get sup­port from a pro­fes­sional if it is a deep per­sonal is­sue that is trou­bling you. If you do not deal with it now – it will keep block­ing you in dif­fer­ent ways through­out your ca­reer and life. Once you have worked through the blocks – you will be so much more en­er­gised, com­fort­able, con­fi­dent and free.

Those are the things that you must do be­fore or as you start your jour­ney and change ca­reers. Each step re­quires some work, time and thought – but they are im­por­tant if you re­ally want to make it work. There might be a lot to do – but you are not alone and you CAN do it.

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