I have had a lot of people come to me for advice after my posts on how I was an opportunist by deciding to switch from engineering to HR. All of a sudden, a lot of people want to switch to HR and feel that’s the only career path where you would enjoy. What inspired me to write this article is because a lot of experienced people also want to switch and probing further to their reasons, I have realized they may be switching for the wrong reasons.
When a fresh graduate wants to move to a career path entirely different from what he/she studied, it’s understandable because some people( like me) didn’t buy our jamb forms ourselves. However, when someone who has done a job for donkey years wakes up suddenly and no longer finds fulfillment, it’s wise to be sure you are indeed making the right decision. Let’s be clear: it’s not wrong for an experienced person to desire a career change but if what you are looking for is a mirage, then you may continue going in circles.
Being fulfilled and enjoying what you do requires a lot of self-motivation. It’s very difficult to find a job where you would have it all. Self-motivation is something you have to deliberately work on. I have made up my mind not to leave my growth to the hands of my employer. Most people I talk with or have read my articles think I have donkey years of experience, you would be surprised that’s not the case. A lot of what I know in my field is what I have taught myself over time (I am ardent researcher and a big fan of TEDx). I made up my mind to do my work exceptionally and that is one of my personal core value(yes! I have core values). Most people subconsciously run along with the organization without making a deliberate effort to stand out and that’s why they begin to look for their identity in a new career path.
Here are some things to ask yourself if you are considering a career switch:
- Why do I need a switch?
- What can I do in my present career to make my work more meaningful?
- Would a new job in the same career path make me fulfilled?
- What ways can I improve myself to make enjoy what I do?
- What exactly made me take this job in the first place?
- How can I make an impact even with my current career?
If you asked yourself this question, thought about it, consulted your career coach/mentor and you still feel a career change is what you need, then the following questions can help you with the path you want to move to.
- What skills have I gained in my current career?
- Which of this skills can be easily transferred to my desired career?
- What certifications do I need to have for my transition to be seamless?
- Who do I need to speak with to guide me (Mentors/Counsellors/Coaches)?
I would like to encourage everyone reading this and is tired of their job. It could be due to Lagos traffic, your terrible boss with no form of empathy, your office colleagues, it could be the boredom due to the routines of your job etc.. Look for a way to spice up your job intentionally. Be creative! Know when it’s time to move to a new job and don’t go into depression.
I know a lot of ‘doubting Thomas’ would say it’s easier said than done. I would say start small and get the fulfillment you deserve!
I wish you the best in your career journey!