Thinking about career change? It sure can be terrifying. What if the new job is even worse than the job you had before? What if your new co-workers won’t like you? What if you put in your notice at your current employer, and then the new offer you received falls through, leaving you unemployed? All of these questions and the fear of having regrets over such a big decision can leave people feeling completely overwhelmed. These questions and fears lead many to stay in their current job, even if they don’t like it all that much.
- Set realistic expectations for yourself
Don’t be surprised if things go wrong when you first start out. You can’t expect to get promoted by the end of the first week. Making mistakes and enduring some bumps in the road when starting a new job is to be expected. Your boss knows. you’re new and as long as you demonstrate you’ve learned from your mistakes and are moving forward, you’ll be forgiven.
- Think positive
You will learn the routines, the expectations, “the way things are done around here.” It just takes time. Panicking because your first week didn’t go as smoothly as you wanted it to is a waste of energy. Don’t get stuck in the negativity narrative; “I’m not qualified for this. This was a mistake. Everyone is going to know I can’t handle it. It is going to be a disaster,” and so on. Negative energy and thoughts like these become a self-fulfilling prophecy, and if you listen to them too much, you WILL fail. Flush out the negativity and focus on improving each day.
- Be patient
Things become significantly easier after the first few weeks in any transition in life. Relationships will be built with co-workers, especially as people are showing you around and you become more comfortable in your role. A job transition can be an incredible opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, something that should be looked at with feelings of excitement and interest, not fear and anxiety. It just sometimes takes time for people to warm up to a new face.
- Find the time to make the change
Another obstacle that could be holding you back from changing your career path is not having enough time. Not enough time away from your current job to update your resume, write cover letters, and go to interviews. Not to mention researching job openings in your location that match the industry you want to work in. Finding jobs and fixing documents can be incredibly tedious and time-consuming, especially when every company you applies to expects your documents to be customized for the specific position. If you set aside time each week to devote to searching for a job, the whole process will become much less intimidating and just part of your weekly routine.
At Mentat, we take away the stress of temporary unemployment and being overwhelmed in a job search. We can help you overcome your fear of taking the plunge and making a career change, and take away the stress by perfecting your resume, polishing your social media presence, and writing customized cover letters on your behalf. We also apply for jobs for you and you can work with a career advisor each step of the way. Our services and careful research help our clients make a choice that they will not regret in their future.
Letting the fear of failing at a new job paralyze you is worse than actually failing. Even if a job doesn’t turn out to be how you dreamed it would, or if it even ends up being worse than the position that you came from, it is a learning experience. You can always change your situation. It is very normal to have several major job transitions over the course of a lifetime. It’s better to bounce around and eventually get it right, rather than endure an unfulfilling work environment until retirement age.
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