If you are not happy with your current job or career path, but you do not know what you want to do instead, then there is good news. There are many ways to prepare for a career change, which do not involve knowing what your ideal job or career path is. So even if you have no idea what you want to do yet, you can start taking positive actions that will benefit you in the long run.
1. Improve your spending habits
One of the biggest concerns people have when changing careers or deciding to start a business is, understandably, finances. So if you hate your job but still do not know which career direction you want to take, improving your spending habits is a great way to prepare for a career change.
This is the perfect time to put your finances in order. Start keeping track of your expenses and see where you can cut back. Getting used to a reduced cost of living will help you if you later find out that the direction you want to take will cost you money in terms of training, learning new skills, or even dealing with a drop in profits if you have less money. Of course this is not always the case, but improving your spending habits is also beneficial for many other reasons besides changing careers.
2. Focus on saving
When it comes to building your route, spending cuts are only one way, but focusing your efforts on savings is another. Knowing that your costs are covered for 6 months or more will remove the stress and worry so you can focus on what you need to do to launch your new career or business as smoothly and quickly as possible if it is not possible to move on for one day. Working. Even if you have no idea which direction you want to take in your career, you can start saving for the career transition right now.
3. Improve your time management skills
Another challenge that many people struggle with is the adjustment in starting a business / side bustle or taking the courses required to launch a new career alongside their day job. It makes improving your time management skills a wonderful way to prepare for a career change, regardless of the direction of your next career.
Although the path you choose in the end will not require further study, learning to manage your time effectively will still be very helpful. You will be better able to integrate into activities like going out to networking events that will help you change your career or when you start a new business.
4. Learn or develop an important skill (eg Excel, communication, presentation)
Learning new skills is always helpful and it makes it a great way to prepare for a career change.
Some skills are valuable in most career paths. These include things like presentation skills, communication skills, finance / dealing with numbers, or even coding. While it is not clear to you what the path is for you, it is a great opportunity to start learning or refreshing these critical skills that will help you stand out and progress, no matter what your next step in your career is.
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5. Develop better planning and organization skills
One of the reasons so many of us struggle with our time management is that we are not organized and do not know how to plan and prioritize efficiently. Planning and organizing skills are valuable in any role, whether you are at work or working for yourself in your business.
The sooner you can hone these skills the better. You will be able to do more while maintaining composure and avoiding the stress of disorganization and feeling overwhelmed.
If you find that you often feel overwhelmed, or that you tend to avoid doing things, read this article on How to overcome avoidance and stop feeling overwhelmed.
6. Build your confidence
Do you feel confident in yourself? Are you confident about what you have to offer? And how would you rate your feelings of self-worth?
Building your self-confidence is another important way to prepare for a career change.
When we lack confidence it comes in everything we do. Whether you are in a job interview, a self-employed candidate or trying to get a coaching client, increased confidence will help you stand out and get what you want. Because when you feel confident it shows and it inspires you to trust others. Potential customers feel that working with you will be in good hands, and potential employers will feel that they can leave things in your capable hands without having to constantly monitor you or check in.
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Also, be sure to check these out 10 ways to boost your self-confidence so you can be more successful in your career
7. Create a morning routine
After interviews with nearly 100 women who are very successful in business, including entrepreneurship and CEOs, many of whom have built multiple companies and businesses of six digits and even millions of dollars, one thing they all have in common is a solid morning routine.
While everyone’s morning routine is different, they all have one.
Having a morning routine is organizing yourself for success and starting your day the right way. They say “start as you intend to continue” If your day starts with chaos and lack of direction and clarity, it will likely continue that way.
Avoid directionless days, or days when you are stressed and unorganized by creating an established morning routine.
Here are some great ones Ideas for what to include in your morning routine.
8. Understand your brain power
Although the morning routine of some of the most successful women is different, they all have one thing in common. Their morning routine all include some time spent in the mood.
So while activities like getting up early, training and eating a healthy breakfast are important, one of the most important things you can do for yourself is to spend time setting your mindset for success.
Whether you use statements, a diary, a practice of gratitude, meditation, all four, or something completely different, focusing on your mindset is one of the great keys to success. Neglecting your mindset is one way to ensure you stay stuck, and your career or business dreams will never come true, or at least not within the time frame you want.
Here are some ideas to help you get started:
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9. Start listening to your inner voice
You’re probably wondering how learning to listen to your inner voice will help you prepare for a career change. The thing is, building a career or business you love is figuring out what’s right for you are you. This is the basis for lifestyle design but for most of us, being lost or stuck can block us from even knowing what we want and what is right for us.
Instead of looking inward, we start looking outward and going for things that make other people happy. It will only lead you to more suffering.
Instead, start learning to listen to your inner voice and guidance and block out those unhelpful thoughts that tell you to stay in touch with the Jones couple, or do what the company or anyone else thinks you should do.
[Want to get better at listening to your intuition, listen to this incredible interview with Keiya Rayne for her best tips.]
10. Check your relationships
Jim Rohn said it best when he said, “You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.”
It’s one of my favorite quotes, but it’s easily forgotten. Do the people in your life encourage you, support you, push you to improve yourself and be better, or do they spend their time complaining and overthrowing you? The impact of who you spend time with is ongoing and cannot be underestimated.
Have you ever noticed how you feel after spending time with different people? Some people leave you feeling full of energy, positive, and as if anything is possible, while others leave you feeling the complete opposite.
When it comes to starting a new career or starting a business, there will be challenges and when those challenges come, do you want to be surrounded by people who say “you see, I knew it was impossible, I told you” makes you want to give up, or you want to be around people who see solutions and always believe way.
I know who I prefer to have in my corner.
So, take the time now, before these challenges arise to test your relationships and make sure you surround yourself with people who are where you want to be, or at least who are working towards their goals and dreams instead of destroying the dreams of others.
11. Focus on your health and well-being
Often, things take more time and energy than we expected. When challenges arise, you need to be fit to face them. And I’m not just talking about fitness. Your mental fitness is just as important, if not more so.
Take care of your health and well-being – eat well, be kind to yourself, sleep well. Doing all these things makes you strong enough to endure whatever a career change or launching a new business might cause you. Whether it’s dealing with countless rejections or having to wake up particularly early to study or work on your hustle and bustle during a career transition, you will be ready.
No matter what the challenge, the better you feel about yourself, the more you will be able to handle it.
12. Stop being overly self-critical
Our inner dialogue always runs in the background. But what does your inner dialogue mean? Is it too derogatory, offensive or too critical?
When you start doing things outside of your comfort zone, whether it’s going online to meet new people, learning a new skill or trying to sell your services, this is the time when the overly critical self-esteem will raise its ugly head. Tells you you’re terrible, that you’re not good enough. Asks you why you are just now changing careers or starting a business now at this age!
You must learn to ignore that voice, or it is better to silence it so that you can move at a pace that suits you, and more importantly, so you will not give up.
[Related: Things To Believe In: The Most Powerful Beliefs That Will Change Your Life]
While many of these points may seem like they have nothing to do with preparing for a career change or starting a business, I assure you yes. These are the most common obstacles I encounter when coaching clients who want to change careers or start a business.
If you can start dealing with these areas before you start trying to change the direction of your career, you will be overwhelmed by how much better you will feel and find out what you want even faster.