When you don’t know what is next, it is easy to come up with reasons to not make a change.
One of the common excuses I hear is that your skills won’t transfer to another career.
You think you will have to go back to school for a new degree and start at the bottom again. The years you have worked will be wasted.
This is not true. Over the years you have learned so many valuable things.
Skills can be trained. There are plenty of classes available at community colleges, business incubators, SCORE, and more, that will teach you skills you might not have mastered in the past.
When I started my business, I took classed on social media, marketing, business entities and more that I can’t even remember. I needed to learn new things but my background is what got me in the career I wanted. The other skills I could learn.
What you need is clarity about what skills you do have.
Looking back at your skills, starting with childhood, can be eye opening.
I have mentioned that I worked in a Bed and Breakfast, opened a catering business and a coffee shop. There are many skills that are needed for these to be successful. Some of those skills I learned from childhood. I learned to bake from my grandmother. I worked in restaurants throughout my school years. The skills I didn’t have I found resources for.
What skills do you have?
There are hard skills that refer to specific job-related knowledge and abilities to perform the job duties effectively. Soft skills are the personal qualities that help you thrive in the workplace.
When I speak with employers about hiring, they tell me over and over that they hire for the soft skills. These are skills that you have acquired over the years while excelling in your current career. Empathy, emotional intelligence, emotional control, self-awareness. These are the skills that are hardest to teach.
Don’t let the thought of having to start at the bottom or at a low salary stop you from making a change in your career.
There are companies looking for what you have to offer every day.
Be happy with your career. You work at least 30% of each day of your life. How you feel about your career will improve every part of your life. Think about how your relationships and your life will be affected when you enjoy work again.
Create the career that gets you excited to go to work on Monday. Think about a Sunday night when you are looking forward to the week of challenges you will have at work.
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