Tackling career change alone? 7 ways support can help you

Finding the right support is key to reducing the stress and uncertainty that come with career change

Are you head down and tackling career change on your own? Perhaps you’re finding it tough to get the help you need from people around you. Maybe your family think you’re mad for changing jobs. Alternatively, you don’t want colleagues to find out you’re thinking of leaving and maybe your friends would rather discuss Game of Thrones spoilers than help with game of life answers.

If this is you, you’re not alone. However, finding the right support is key to reducing the stress and uncertainty that come with career change.

I recommend you seek out the right support. This could be a friend, someone you don’t know that well but feel comfortable talking to, a trusted colleague, a mentor or a coach.

7 game changing things your supporters can give you:

  1. Objective thinking to break that spin cycle of negative thinking when you’re awash with self doubt and untested assumptions
  2. Emotional support when you need to blow off steam about your current, sucky job or a cheer squad to reenergise you when you’re thinking of giving up
  3. Left field ideas, questions, suggestions and advice to broaden your perspective
  4. Accountability to get ‘real world’ things done and deter you from Google holiday ideas or contemplating if you could make a living selling honey
  5. Access to their networks and new ideas on who to contact in organisations you’re keen on or perhaps haven’t considered
  6. Proof reading and practice interviewing – fresh eyes on your CV and rehearsing interviews can make a world of difference to your presentation and performance
  7. Reminders that you are brilliant and that you will figure this out

Whatever stage you’re at in your career change, getting someone to challenge, cheer or motivate you can be just what you need to keep going.

And if you think it could be a coach, here’s some thoughts on what to look out for.

I help people who don’t like their job to figure out what to do instead! I can help you explore what meaningful work is for you. I’ll work with you to lessen the stress of changing careers.

Drop me a note to organise a free 20 minute consultation to chat about your career change and how coaching could help.

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