How to proactively move in the direction that is right for you.
So, you have come to the conclusion that the position you are in now is not where you want to stay. But you are not sure where you want to go. So many of us have been there or are there right now. It can be easy to just stay put, and expect to suddenly have a lightbulb moment of realisation. We wait for that to happen, often without fully realising that this is what we are doing. We let life happen to us, and get comfortable living in the ‘what if’ questions.
In this first part of our new series exploring the topic of finding your direction, I want to start by suggesting a couple of ways that you could begin to take simple but proactive steps to set things in motion. It can be hard to know where to start, but by simply breaking down your thoughts, and realistically looking at the options available to you, you could very likely find some ideas that can lead somewhere amazing…
A good place to start could be to write yourself a list of all the things you have accomplished to date, be it in your career, education, or any hobbies or whatever else you can think of. What experience have you gained? What are your best skills? What makes you stand out?
And then ask yourself what you have enjoyed the most about your past experiences. What were you doing that made you really come alive? Do you really shine when sorting through and organising figures and data? Do you love helping people succeed? Are you a natural storyteller or visionary? Take note of these things, and maybe discuss this with some people who know you very well and have seen you in action. Perhaps you could do a personality test online. These are not totally accurate, but they could give you a rough estimate at how you work best.
Have fun documenting all the great things about yourself. It will give you a real confidence boost!
Now that you have a framework to start with, it’s a great time to explore the options. Look online at job boards, and see what opportunities are on offer, and take note of what stands out to you. At this stage, try not to get too realistic, or write off instantly anything that you think you do not have the right qualifications/experience for. Right now, you are making yourself a kind of mood board for your future career. Now is your time to get inspired, and get immersed in ideas. You might want to look more in depth about how a particular industry works, or look at the options available there.
Have a look at some free online courses you can take, to maybe introduce you to a new skill or industry topic to give yourself a bit of a taster…
Instead of feeling down about not knowing where you want to go in your career path, start to get curious. Avoid the temptation to rush to get out of your current situation, and use right now as your opportunity to really get to know yourself, and what you are capable of - you might just be surprised at what you find...
So you have decided it’s time to move on from your job. Now what? You may be unsure of what you really want. In this new three part series, I will be looking at some ways to get beyond the initial mental block, and begin an exciting process of discovery…