Want to change your profession, but don’t know how to find an alternative one? Here you will explore some common but erroneous patterns of making a decision. If you don’t want to make the same mistakes and pay for them for years, listen to the 11-th episode of the Sensibly Happy podcast.
What you’ll discover
- What are different ways of changing a profession.
- Industry standards and requirements. Are they effective?
- Positions’ description for a profession – don’t be fooled by it.
- We can’t match ourselves to the position without really knowing ourselves.
- We can be unique and still valuable.
- No matter if we are employees or entrepreneurs and, of course, depending on quality of our work, we can be more or less happy. Any person who is willing to think, sometimes should deal with a question, “Is the profession that i’m occupied in brings me enough joy? Was it a proper choice and shouldn’t I change it?”
- If sometimes you have that idea of changing your current profession, you definitely ask yourself next question, “If I want to change something, what should be my next profession? How to identify myself? How to understand what could I do in this life to make money and how to be happy by doing that?”
- It’s not about the money, it’s about balance: to do what you like to do, and to have enough resources in return.
- For most of us the initial decision about our profession from our past wasn’t the best match between professional requirements and our skills or preferences. And that’s why most of us are still searching for that profession or business that we can switch to.
- You already understand that the occupation you have right now is not what you want to do for the rest of your life. And you realize that you are strong and smart enough to change something.
- What profession should you choose? What criteria to apply? Unfortunately, in most cases, we don’t use too sophisticated approaches. One of the most common cases is when a relative/friend tells us about an open position and we just decide to try it.
- Another case is when we hear the job insights from other people around us and get interested in it. And sometimes we investigate a lot of different professions weighting pros and cons. Only after that we make a decision. Analyzing those major cases, we can definitely say that we don’t spend too much effort when choosing a long-term occupation.
- After having decided who should we become next, we spent several years in that sphere. And we are figuring out that there are a lot of different disadvantages which we didn’t know about in past. Of course, we know that the experience that we have obtained on that last position made us stronger, and it will help us in the future. But still, after several years, on a new position, in a new profession, we feel that something is wrong and we should change it because it’s not what we thought it would be.
- I believe that the major issue is that we think using patterns that industry provides us with, we think in a frame of profession. It’s almost impossible to be unique and to have open positions described specifically for you.
- Here’s an interesting story about one women underwear brand, which is called Spanx. And what is interesting about that brand, is that the story of creation of that brand showed how outdated was the whole sphere. The founder of the company, Sara Blakely, tried to sell the idea to different manufacturers, but they didn’t want to get how good it was. Most of the manufacturers were outdated and weren’t able to think outside of the box.
- You’ve decided to change your profession. You go to one of the job websites and you see the requirements for a candidate. And you think, “Oh, no! I don’t know as much as they expect. I still have a lot to learn!” There is a list of knowledge and experience that a person should have. But you know what? In most of cases, it’s a fake!
- Each company has its own specific scope of work, but still, they use more or less the same list of requirements and look for a diploma, and by that they are choosing employees who fit the industry standards. Matching an employee to the position by industry standards harms both company and employee.
- How to compare ourselves to those standard requirements? And how to make a decision if we fit that position? The answer is, we can’t! We can’t until we explore ourselves better.
- To make a decision about changing a profession wisely, we should know ourselves better. Collecting information about ourselves is like a homework. We do have enough time to do this. We can do it constantly, and it doesn’t take too much focus or energy from us. Exploring ourselves is a background process which brings joy.
- Why to explore ourselves if industries have standards and we should match them? Because those rules and standards were mandatory before the world of social media, and now you have an amazing chance to be someone unique and valuable.
- Professions put us in a very limited frames denying our uniqueness. And by finding our niche, by committing to particular professions only, we reject part of ourselves. And this is a certain path to become less happy.
- You can be the one who provides something new to this world by being a unique combination of different interests and preferences, and not by following profession’s outdated standards.
- If you recognize yourself as a real performer, and the only blocker is your current duties, you have two options: the first one is to change something in your working place; and the second one is to change the working place. Otherwise, you will keep struggling, doubting, and being demotivated.
The task for the next week
Remind yourself about 3 interviews that you have passed, and then try to recall questions that you received during those interviews.
- How many of those questions and those knowledge requirements were related to real duties on a position?
- Did they show you real priorities in your working place?
- How many duties have you received after being approved for a position without the preliminary description, or without a discussion of those duties?
- Was the description of the position accurate enough in comparison to real positions’ duties?
- How substantiated is to think of a new profession based on the position description on job boards?