Key reasons why people don’t change careersSometimes there are very good reasons we feel that we need to stay right where we are in our current job. But if we take a moment to think about them, the reasons may not be as insurmountable as we at first think.First, the key reasons people don’t change:
- They’re comfortable where they are (even if not particularly happy)
- They make more money than they could make in something they love
- They’re just plain scared
- They don’t believe they can find anything better and / or deserve better
- They don’t know how
How to deal practically with those reasonsSo how do we get past some of these roadblocks, and on to something that may serve us far better in the long run?
- Comfort – It’s easy to get comfortable in a job we know, even if we don’t particularly like it. And job search can be difficult and frightening. But comfort now doesn’t mean you are building anything for the future that will serve you well. And mere comfort, with tiny nigglings of “I want more”, can turn into frustration, boredom and worse. It might be time to at least test the waters by exploring possibilities.
- Money – When you don’t have it or enough of it, money is indeed an important thing, and not to be taken lightly. But days turn into years, and if there is something else you’d rather be doing – and especially if this current path is making you miserable – why not think of it as investing in yourself now by looking to build your career in a direction you actually enjoy? Eventually, you can find a path, or related path, to more money, but in the meantime, you’ll be buying yourself something you truly want. Isn’t that what money is for anyway?
- Fear – This is a big one, and it goes hand-in-hand with the first reason, comfort. But luckily you can start slowly, from a safe place (your current job). Think about taking a class in something that really interests you (perhaps it will lead you to a new degree and career), or joining a local group (you can find online groups, too), or volunteering, or meeting with some people in a field you’re interested in (informational interviews) or simply starting to explore online.
- Beliefs – This is about your internal beliefs. “I can’t” or “I don’t deserve” or “I’m not good enough” or even “failure is bad.” Those are deep and can affect so much of what we do. If you feel paralyzed by any such beliefs, then perhaps some therapy or even a good career coach can help you move forward. But otherwise, know that we all have them – even the most successful people – and the only difference is, they go ahead and try anyway. Failure at some point is what most truly successful people have in common!
- Know how – No one really knows how to do job search or career change until they’ve gone through the steps themselves, or learned from others. If you worry that you don’t know what to do or how to do it, that’s actually better than thinking you know everything and not realizing how much you don’t know! Whether you’re looking for a new career or just a new job for now, this how to start a job search article should help get you pointed in the right direction.