We spend approximately 100,000 hours at work in our lifetime, therefore how we choose to work and what careers we embark on are probably one of the most important decisions we will make in our lives since working gives most people a sense of purpose and identity. However many people are unsatisfied and unhappy with the work their currently doing and have no idea how to embark upon realising what it is they actually want to do. The speed of change has exceeded our ability to adapt to it which has left people confused, directionless, demotivated and ready for change and consequently they have no idea in terms of how to navigate this change.
Many people also go into default mode based on their past experiences and work history and end up sleepwalking into another job they are trying to move away from, because recruiters contact them about similar roles that they already have experience in. They then feel frustrated that their stuck in a vicious cycle they can’t get away from because they see no other options ahead of them and are commonly heard saying “I know I want to do something different, I just don’t know that that is” Sound familiar?
The following questions are a good starting point to move yourself out of default mode:-
1. What don’t I want to do?
2. What do I want my life to look like?
3. What made me come to this decision?
4. What are my career drivers? Is it:
5. When were you really motivated?
6. What were you doing?
7. What was the outcome?
8. What kind of work feels meaningful and challenging?
Once you have answered these questions start thinking in small steps to move forward toward your objectives, learn to experiment and try new things out. Set yourself goals to work towards your target, make a target list of companies rather than apply for jobs on job boards or LinkedIn and proactively seek to speak to individuals who are in the sector you want to move into by accessing the hidden job market. One of my favourite quotes of all times “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results:” To create change you must work hard at discovering first what drives you, what your passionate about and what gives you purpose and motivation.