You've been thinking about it for months. There's a voice at the back of your mind telling you to make a move. You try to shrug it off, but it won't go away. If you feel like your career is not making you grow — professionally and personally — it's time to let go.
It's not gonna be easy, but take the new year as an opportunity to find better avenues for self-development. It's only normal that you're scared, but with these tips, you'll find that starting a new career isn't as daunting as it may seem.
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If you're shifting to a career that's different from what you've been doing, put in the work for your next career early. During your off time, practice the skills needed for the new career path you are going to take. Maybe even start saving if you think you'd need some time off before your new venture so you're also financially prepared.
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Before you venture into a new world, make sure that the one you're leaving is well before you go. Cut ties professionally and amicably. It's always good to keep professional bridges intact.
Give yourself time
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It'll be a new life, but you're still you. No matter what road you take, your courage will be your driving force. So don't beat yourself up if you don't know where to go yet. Take the time off to reflect, see friends, and travel. Once you've had time to think, making the next step will be easier.
Put yourself out there
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Once you're ready to dip your toes into new waters, do so with a brave heart. There might be obstacles along the way. Things may not go as planned, but you're already a step ahead of your previous status just by trying.
Keep on keeping on
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It will be challenging, to say the least. But you can't reach your goal if you quit. It may sound easier said than done, but if your sights are set on a new job —
or an entirely different career —
don't give up. Equipped with the right skills and immense determination, you'll surely find your place.