Changing Careers

Having To Pivot Your Career? Follow These Tips To Do It With Confidence​

10 November 2018

Career transitions are rarely something people enjoy, especially when they are unprepared for them. Since job searching can be so miserable, many people stay in situations that don't fit well so they can avoid it. Performance slips, happiness disappears with the sunset, and resentment sets in. There's an easier way! Making a career change may even turn out to be a rewarding journey-and you may even enjoy it.

 

Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on people's careers. Just take the airline industry and how many thousands of people have had to find alternative employment. It is not like they could go to another airline.

 

You can make your pivot and ensuing job search a more pleasurable experience if you are more self-aware of self and the environment and you can resist being in negative thoughts.

Here are a few tips:

1. Be self-aware

Be aware of your thoughts. They can drive you down a path of discovery or a path of dead ends. Our will wonder where our thoughts go. Our thoughts can either open up an opportunity or block us from seeing it.

 

Be self-aware of how you react to things. It is hard not to want to lash out. But that can also distract us from seeing the path ahead of us.

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

—Amelia Earhart

2. Know who you are

Understand the value you offer. I developed the Value skills blueprint to help my clients understand the value they offer in their careers. It always amazes me how little people understand their own value.

 

The benefit of the Value skills blueprint is that it allows us to create a narrative about ourselves.

 

The reason we lack confidence and clarity when searching for a new position is that we do not know who we are or how to describe ourselves.

3. Position yourself for the job you want

In my coaching, clients often want help for an interview they are going to. We work through the Value Skills blueprint as a tool to position themselves for the job they are going for.

 

If you are applying for a position as a business analyst, then you need to position yourself with not only your resume and LinkedIn profile, but also how you answer interview questions. You need to talk about the language of the role you are going to. Not the role you're coming from.

4. Don't give into fear

It is scary to move from something you know to something you don't.

 

We move into deciding through the emotions of fear rather than according to value when in desperate situations.

 

 There's no telling how long it's going to take, and you don't know where you're going to land. The experience might be frightening, especially if you did not prepare for it or if you have not done it for a while. You shouldn't let your fears of never being hired or not being good enough for the jobs you want ground you. Recognise when fear is the reason for your actions. 

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Part 3 - How to Side Hustle your career into Business Analysis

Part 2 - Pivoting your career - 7 tips to pivot your career successfully

 

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Paul Benn

27 Years experience in business analysis, CBAP, AAC, DipBA

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