Updated: Jul 4
Are you looking for professional advice to land a new job or make a much-needed shift in your career right now?
No need to worry everyone! Today’s blog post will answer all of your questions. For the curious individuals, the inspiration for this blog post came from the request of Andrew Seaman, the Senior News Editor at LinkedIn News. Specifically, he asked for anyone with an opinion to share their best advice (whether personal or received) when it comes to making a move to a new career. If you want to learn more, you can search for #TheBigShift on LinkedIn. I will be honest. When I first saw this request, I was beyond ecstatic to contribute due to my current experience with the topic. So, I will share the best advice I have received.
Back in 2011, I started my first professional job after college. I was in an entry-level laboratory position at a research institution and I was assigned to a buddy (a coworker who has been with the company for +10 years) to ensure a successful onboarding process. We typically met weekly to discuss my progress in the company and have some light chit chat. During one of these meetings, I decided to share my anxiety about the possible direction of my career. This confession was due to the fact I did not feel confident in my ability to properly execute my job responsibilities and provide value to the team. My performance was dwindling, and I was beginning to think about leaving the laboratory position for a more corporate setting. Without hesitation, this coworker addressed my anxiety and shared some advice. He said, “shifting, pivoting, and starting a career can feel like you are face-to-face with a tsunami. At first, you will be scared senseless and feel paralyzed. You will forget everything about your plans and preparations. However, in my honest opinion Ray, the best way to survive the tsunami called you career is to become comfortable with being uncomfortable.”
Starting a new career is fraught with difficulties – financial, social, and timing to list a few. It can be an uncomfortable process, but you must create the mindset that you will achieve your desired outcome no matter what uncertainties come your way. Thankfully, I was able to pivot into a new career, but it did come with difficulties. Here is a list of my uncomfortable experiences:
·It took 6+ months to get a reply from potential employers.
·If an employer would bring me in for interview, I was asked on several occasions if my current education was a good fit for the company if I would consider going back to school.
·Because of my lack of experience in a new career, I was asked to take entry-level positions instead of the positions I originally applied to.
·Companies would reply the next day that they were going with a candidate with more relevant credentials.
Anyone who is looking to shift to a new career must prepare to face similar situations, however, adjusting your mindset to brace for uncomfortable experiences can make the process go a lot smoother. Honestly, I can say my career change was not easy, but embracing my coworker’s advice gave me the mental fortitude to weather the uncertainties, difficulties, and failures that come with starting a new career.
All the Best,
Senior Writer at The R-N-R Hour