It's only natural to feel like changing your career path is an insurmountable task. And you’re not alone in experiencing these emotions, it may seem impossible at first, and you might be tempted to give up and stick with your current workplace despite being unsatisfied.
Lean on your friends and family for support
Making the transition from a role you’ve been in for years into completely unfamiliar waters can be nerve-wracking. As terrified as you may feel, take comfort in the guidance and support of your friends and family. Lean on them whenever you find yourself in the need of a pep talk or a reality check. Changing careers is stressful and time-consuming, but immensely rewarding in the long run.
Know everything you can about your new industry. The fear of the unknown can be rather unnerving, but not if you have Google and a few uninterrupted hours at your side – this will at least give you a cursory overview of the role and industry. The process of uncovering more information about your desired career path will likely be slow and possibly frustrating. Expect and embrace roadblocks along the way, as it’s all part of the learning process.
Reach out to the Right People
Thankfully, there are professional networking events and websites dedicated solely to helping industry executives connect. What better way to get to know more about the realities of working in your dream industry than by asking the people already involved in it? Be sure to ask for both pros and cons when chatting with them – as much as we like to brush it under the carpet, we need to keep ourselves educated about the less glamorous aspects of our dream job. Actively seek out other kindred spirits who have made career changes, so you can learn from their mistakes.
Assess your Current Circumstance
Knowing where you stand is the biggest gift you can give yourself prior to embarking on this professional voyage. The sheer volume of work that lies ahead of you might make you panic, but at least you'll have a realistic assessment of your situation. Do not panic – try to approach the situation as a quest or a challenge you must complete. Start making a checklist of all the things you need to clear and get cracking.