If you’re in a dead-end job, it seems like the simple solution is to get a new one. But people are good about finding excuses to stay in a job that makes them miserable, says Forbes, as it delays facing the fear people have of change. Learn how to face your career fears with courage and get yourself out of your job rut.
How to Face Change
Nothing moves without change. The key to dealing with change is to accept it as the only way to get something done, says Life Hacker.
A job change is the end result of several planned out steps toward a better life. It may not be the job change that stresses you out, per se, but the proactive path you have to take to get there. Make these changes easier to digest and accomplish by breaking them down into manageable chunks. Keep breaking down the chunks into smaller pieces until you’re comfortable.
For example, you might take the stressful thoughts of:
- Look for a new job
- Apply, interview and get hired
- Resign from the old job
and break them down into:
- Update my resume
- Identify five job boards for my industry
- Spend 30 minutes daily looking at job postings on those boards
The smaller the task, the further it is away from the larger picture of change that may cause you anxiety. Smaller tasks are also easier to complete successfully, motivating you to continue moving forward in your job search.
Make Sure It’s the Right Change
Evaluate what’s missing in your current job to make sure you don’t wind up in another one just like it. Answering the question “What do I really want to do?” is the first question to really contemplate, says CareeRealism.
For example, you might be a manager in a sporting goods store. When you get off work you go home to your workshop where you restore antique hand guns, which gives you a lot of joy. Perhaps you would like to own your own antique gun shop. The thought scares you: How would you do that while working full-time in the sporting goods store? There are online resources to help you prepare for a change while you have a full or part-time job. Schools such as Penn Foster allow you to learn gunsmithing, and other fascinating trades, at your own pace. You can also find similar courses in business to help you understand everything you might be faced with in your future endeavor.
Supplementing your skills with further education will also refine your idea of what you really want to do. You may discover you prefer to restore other collectors’ antiques instead of selling items you’ve purchased and restored. Or, you may realize you would really enjoy teaching others how to do the restorations.
Don’t Be Afraid of Failure
Failing is part of life, and nothing to worry about at this stage in your career journey. Adopt the growth mindset and remind yourself that failure is just another word for experience and learning. Reach out for help when you need it—someone to give their opinions on your resume or help introduce you to professionals in their network—and you’ll be better off. Everyone wants to see you happy in your future career, you just have to let it happen.
By Dave Richardson
*Dave is an HR manager, life coach and skier