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Is Now the Time for A Career Change?

There comes the point in everyone’s career where it is time to take a moment to re-evaluate; re-evaluate where you are now and where you would like to be. With everything going on in the world right now and with our current job market, that time of reflection might be now. If that sounds like your current situation, it can be unsettling. Most workers are hesitant to take that leap and move forward in another direction in their careers. Switching industries, moving to a new market, or doing something completely different, takes a lot of courage and grit. Here are a few things to think about if you feel that it’s time for a career change.

Why are you looking for a change?

You first need to ask yourself a few questions. Why do you want a new job? And what are you looking for in a new career or employer? There could be numerous reasons why you are ready to make a career move. You might be looking for an employer that offers more flexibility, such as working from home. Maybe you’re looking for a leadership role where you can make an overall more significant impact in an organization. Or you might be looking for a new challenge and ready to take on an entirely different role. Whatever your reasons are, write them down and try to find connections between them. You will likely find commonalities, which will help you determine what direction you want to head towards.

What’s the outlook of your new career path

If you have decided where you want to go with your career, congrats! That’s an exhilarating moment. But don’t forget to do your research. Is this new industry or sector volatile or stable? Does it have tremendous growth, or is it more stagnant? These are things you should be thinking of as you weigh the pros and cons of your decision. So, it may be the perfect time to make the leap into a new field! Some industries are experiencing extensive growth because of the pandemic. Here are the top ten jobs with the most demand in July.

Don’t be afraid to take the plunge

Many of us are too fearful of making a big career change; it’s challenging to convince ourselves to leave the comfort zone of our work expertise. If you are a seasoned vet in your field, it’s discouraging to make that leap. Robin Arzon, the head of Peloton’s fitness programming, was on Jessi Hempel’s Podcast Hello Monday. She briefly described her transition from being a corporate attorney for seven years to a career in fitness. One of her biggest points she discusses is people’s reluctance just to take the plunge and go for it. “Say yes before you think you are ready. I see so many folks hesitate to throw their hands up” and make that plunge, says Arzon. She explains that many of us wait until we become knowledgeable or trained; however, she expresses that we should not be afraid to jump in and learn as we go. In other words, there is never a perfect time to make a career move, but have faith in yourself and go with your gut!

The #1 Soft Skill That Will Get You Ahead During This Time

The #1 Soft Skill That Will Get You Ahead During This Time

You probably know by now that soft skills are crucial to gaining traction in your career. Traits like communication, honesty, and leadership will undoubtedly help boost your marketability and resume. However, there is one soft skill, in particular, that will get you ahead of your competition: GRIT.

Why Grit Is Important

Grit is so essential that psychologist Angela Duckworth has built a career on preaching it’s importance. Through her studies and experiences, she has found this soft skill to be a significant predictor for success. Angela shares in her TED Talk that, “Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. It is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working really hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it’s a marathon, not a sprint.”

How To Put It To Use

Carol Dweck, a pioneering researcher in the field of motivation, developed the idea of a “growth mindset,” which is believing that the ability to learn is not fixed, though can change with your effort. In other words, challenges should push you to grow and persevere, rather than slow you down and lead to failure. If you feel burdened by obstacles in your way, implement a little grit to grind through it and come out the other side a better professional.

For example, let’s say you’re interested in coding and know that it would help you earn a pay bump. However, it seems daunting to learn, and you don’t have the experience, so you’d be starting from scratch. Guess what? Your current talent and skills don’t matter. You have to start somewhere, and long-term effort and commitment will get you surprisingly far! So just start. Take an online course or enroll in your local community college.

One Important Caveat

Now, it must be noted that the soft skill of grit isn’t always the only answer. Yes, committing to a goal and putting in the consistent effort will get you far. Nevertheless, you must choose your goal wisely. As James Clear explains in his book Atomic Habits, “The secret to maximizing your odds of success is to choose the right field of competition.” He goes on to describe Michael Phelps and his incredible physical predisposition for swimming. Phelps demonstrates a fantastic example of grit and how it can be used to succeed; however, he is also genetically primed for that sport. He could put the same effort into becoming a distance runner, and because of his genetic makeup, he likely wouldn’t develop into an Olympic-worthy competitor.

In reference to your career, you are predisposed to excel in certain areas. Don’t choose a skill or career that you are not passionate about. If you do, the development process will be slow, arduous, and you likely won’t excel into a master no matter how much grit you deploy. “Habits are easier to do and more satisfying to stick with when they align with your natural inclinations and abilities,” notes Clear.

During uncertain economic times, career transitions, and personal development phases, grit is a soft skill that will continue to persevere. Wondering what other soft skills you should add to your arsenal? Read more about the most in-demand soft skills this year.