Don’t let these common career change obstacles stop you from finding a better career path.
If you are considering a career change, there is good news. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost half of Americans will have switched jobs by the end of 2020. There are many reasons why people choose to switch careers; some people want more out of life than what their current job can offer them and others simply don’t like doing the same thing every day. However, making this decision often brings up questions about how to go about finding new employment or even starting your own business. The first step in planning your next move is understanding common obstacles that may prevent you from getting where you want to be.
Common Career Change Obstacles to Be Aware Of
The fear of the unknown
The fear of the unknown can be a daunting experience, especially when it comes to job seeking. This fear often manifests itself as a lack of confidence in your ability to succeed at a new job or even begin a new career path. Whether you have been unemployed for months or just graduated from college, there is an air of mystery surrounding your future career path. And because so much is out of your control during this time, finding ways to destress and take care of yourself will help you feel more in control and empowered.
Being afraid to start over
It’s easy to get lost in the thought of starting over. We all have moments where we are anxious, uncertain, and fearful about what will happen after changing our lives for the better. And that is okay because it’s normal to be afraid. The key is not letting those fears stop you from doing something worthwhile with your life.
Losing your identity in the process
Are you feeling like your professional identity is slowly slipping away? It’s completely understandable if so. One of the toughest parts about looking for a job can be the sense that you are losing who you are in the process. But there’s hope! As difficult as it may seem, finding a new job doesn’t have to mean giving up on yourself and everything you’ve worked so hard to build. If anything, it should give you an opportunity to explore new possibilities and find out more about what really makes YOU tick. There are plenty of ways to get started – take some time for yourself or with friends, read books that interest YOU instead of ones that will look good on your resume, get creative by doing things outside of work hours.
Fear of failure
The fear of failure is something that everyone deals with in some way or another. In fact, according to research conducted by Gallup Inc., approximately 70 percent of Americans have experienced feelings of being overwhelmed due to their workload within the last 12 months alone! Imagine how much more productive we could all be if we were able to push through our fears and succeed in spite of them? f you are able to look past the possible consequences of failing, then success may just be around the corner.
Lack of confidence or skills
If you’re looking for a job, it’s important to have the skills and confidence employers are looking for. Even if you don’t feel confident in yourself or your skills, having a great attitude can really help land that dream job. Employers want someone who is motivated and enthusiastic about their role at the company so even if they aren’t sure how qualified you are yet, they look forward to working with someone who has drive and ambition.
Lack of connections or experience
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