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Changing careers, especially later in life, can be daunting. Many people stay in their current roles out of the sheer fear of trying something new. If you are feeling stuck in an unfulfilling job role or are never achieving that promotion they keep promising, it is time to get “unstuck”.

And yes – it is absolutely okay to make a huge career change! There will be bumps in the road, but your pursuit of happiness and career fulfilment means taking measured risks.

Let’s pause there for a moment.

1. You are not alone.

The Global Reshuffle has seen millions of workers globally relooking their careers. And with the world going hybrid and largely remote, there is no better time to take advantage of potentially better positions that have opened up.

2. You can make a successful change at any age

If you are asking yourself “if changing careers is “worth it” or a “good idea” (as many of my experienced clients ask), just look at Vera Wang, who is well known on every catwalk and only began designing at 40. Or the famous Colonel Saunders, who, without his epic career change, we would not be licking our fingers full of delicious Kentucky Fried Chicken.

So If the only thing keeping you in a dead-end job is the money, it’s time to take the leap and make a change, and with the right career coaching, the money and fulfilment will follow.

How to Make a Career Change When You Have No Clue What’s on the Other Side of the Door

When one door closes, another is sure to open, but how do you know which door to pick? The trick is it’s not about job portal searches and interview skill preparation that will come, but first, you need to have clarity on your end goal. Changing careers requires a mindset of self-awareness and a willingness to embrace the journey of exploration. A career transitioning coach can help you work through your long-term aspirations and goals and devise a plan to help you find the right door for you.

Being ready to make the change will get you to the starting block and know that you are ready to leap, let’s look at the key steps to ensuring your career journey is a success.

4 Steps for a Successful Career Transition.

#1: Allow time for discovery  

Getting a great career starts with knowing yourself. Knowing what drives you will help define your career destiny. It’s equally important to know the blockers that have previously set you back. Doing a thorough self-assessment, will give you a chance to reflect on your previous career and define the habits and skills you need to catapult your career.

#2: Get the support you need.

The path to career fulfilment starts with a growth mindset. But it can be difficult and lonely to be your own cheerleader. A cheer squad requires a team. Hiring a career coach will ensure you feel supported and held accountable throughout your career transition.

#3: Have a clear strategy for success.

You need to have a proper plan in place. Have a clear view of what steps you need to take to achieve your goals. A career coach can help keep you accountable and ensure you stay on track. As well-known Realtor Grosser says, “opportunities don’t just happen; you create them.”

#4: Expand on your goals. 

Change is a constant. As you progress on your journey, you will need to continue to develop, pivot and grow. Have realistic expectations of the timeframe it will take you to achieve success. A good career transitioning couch will help you focus on the skills you need to develop to continue to position yourself for success.

That’s one of the first things well set out to do when you partner with Amelia Brooke Career Coaching. We’ll explain and offer different approaches that factor for specific needs we’ll explore together.

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Choosing a career coach is an important decision. Even when speaking with Amelia, take your time to qualify things. The success of the relationship will extend out of the quality of your early engagements.

Amelia Brooke career coaching practices throughout the UK and Europe. Schedule an exploratory call with Amelia to gain a better understanding of how your career can gain value from her experience and expertise.