HOW TO CHANGE YOUR CAREER IN YOUR THIRTIES

255b7a2d2e487295edaedfca0b2b5a2fI am not one for reinventing the wheel, so I thought I would share an amazing article that was sent to me by a friend a few weeks ago. On that note, I love it when you send me things, keep doing that – I read and watch it all.

At the end of last year, I was feeling lost in my career. I had spent so much time studying and had just exited a temporary contract that could not have been more wrong for me. Yet when I applied for it, it seemed so right. It was perfectly in line with my study – yet I was utterly miserable. I had a sinking feeling – what if I have been heading in the wrong direction all this time. I lay awake at night contemplating my next step – when we are not happy in our work, the negativity dilutes our happiness in every other area of life. 

I am pleased to say that only six months later I was offered a job that I actually do like. I no longer wake up every day with the sinking feeling that I would prefer to pull the covers over my head and hide. If you had talked to me a few months ago, things were very different. But I can definitively say that I have my shit together. Am I at my final career destination? Absolutely not, I have far more to give. But am I happy, definitely. I’m playing to my strengths and interests and this makes all the difference.

I was once given the following advice…if you aren’t sure what to do next, do nothing and turn inwards. I think this truly applies to a change of career. To prevent us hip-hopping from one job to the next and becoming more and more disheartened, we have to do a bit of introspection before driving forward. Sorry to be trite, but we have to know ourselves.

So, for six months I turned inwards. I did strengths testing, I assessed my past jobs to see what I liked and what my values were (posts on this here and here). I asked myself a lot of questions. And I am pleased to say that positive changes happened very quickly. I became much more confident in my abilities and was able to start asking for the work and projects I enjoyed. I was promoted to my current position and I have my eye on the next prize. Not long after this my manager told me that he considered my self-awareness to be one of my biggest strengths. I knew who I was, what I liked and didn’t like, my strengths and weaknesses. This gave me focus and drive toward my progression within the workplace.

Little did he know that prior to this point, I was kind of stabbing in the dark – more often than not, I was making poor job choices.

If you are contemplating a shift in your career and the gap between where you are and where you want to be feels gigantic, please read the post below and remember that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Why and how to change your career in your early thirties – and the women who made it work

Much love xx

Image Credit: syvende.tumblr.com

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Hi, I’m Katie. I am a kiwi neuroscientist with a love for consuming and creating content. This site is where I share my personal thoughts and the thoughts of incredible minds from around the world. PhD in Neuroscience, University of Otago.

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