At A Career Cross Roads? – Stop Thinking and Take Action

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“I feel that I am at a bit of a cross roads in terms of whether or not I would like to stay in my job for the long term”

Many men and women reach this point in their careers and are not sure what to do next. Sometimes they have chosen their current career and other times they have fallen into it after university because they didn’t really know what to do next and before they knew it many years have passed. They often feel unfulfilled, frustrated and fearful.

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Career cross roads?

When you have invested so much time and effort in the career you have chosen, you can often have doubts about whether changing career is the right thing to do or whether “sticking it out” would be best. And then what exactly will you do next? You’re either overwhelmed with options or in a fog and completely at a loss without any ideas.

Yet you have this nagging feeling that what you are currently doing is no longer right for you. It’s a bit like a jacket you once bought which you loved but is now no longer ‘right’ and possibly doesn’t fit.

It can be really stressful stepping away from one career avenue and switching to another because of expectations – yours and others – and yet given that we increasingly spend so much of our lives working, don’t you owe it to yourself to be happy and fulfilled?

Calm down so you can access your creativity

When I coach clients facing a career challenge, they are often in a hurry and want an immediate answer to their problem which has often been created over many years. The secret is to help them calm down, so they can access their own creativity and create a plan. When you feel like a ‘rabbit in the headlights’ your body floods itself with cortisol and you become stressed. This means that the very thing you need access to – your creativity – is not readily accessible.

I understand the mixed emotions and I’ve been there myself, and this is why I have developed “Your Next Step: On Track to a Career You Love” to help support you at this unnerving time.

Before embarking on a direction (if you are lucky enough to know where you want to go, which the majority of people don’t), it’s crucial to pull together all the essential elements about you – and this is not the stuff you usually find on your current CV. By taking time to really figure out what you value in your life, what you love about your current job and what you loathe, and what your skills, strengths and achievements are, you begin to chart a new direction.

Break things into bite size chunks and begin to take action

Once you have amassed this information, you will be in a much better place to begin to think about your future career. At this stage you may feel overwhelmed but by breaking things down into bite size chunks and addressing each systematically, you begin to create your own steps to the career you want. I know from personal experience that from the moment I set myself a direction, broke it down into manageable pieces and got into action, I felt much more resourceful and creative.

The great thing is that once you start taking small steps along the career path, one thing really does lead to another and whilst the route might not be a straight line and direct, you’ll end up exactly where you want to be.

Early Bird Doors Open

The doors are now open for Your Next Step: On Track to a Career You Love which kicks off on September 21, 2014. The six week on-line course will help you uncover what you need in both your personal and professional life to have a fulfilling career. The early bird discount is available now so don’t miss out. There are a limited number of places available so click here to learn more and be at the front of the queue.

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