When a Layoff is Not a Bad Thing – How to re-invent your career.
If you’ve recently (or not so recently) been laid off, it is easy to fall into the trap of self doubt, self pity and low self esteem. What you should be aware of is that you’re not alone, as millions of americans have suffered the same fate.
Like them, ultimately you should look at it as time for self reflection, a time to take stock of your life and career choices, and quite possibly take this time to reinvent your career. It doesn’t matter how old you are, or how long you were in your previous career, what matters is what will make you happy and fulfilled. There’s no doubt that a career change, especially later in life, can be an overwhelming proposition, but it can be achieved one step at a time. Here are 6 things you can do, starting today, to reinvent your career:
1. Figure out your passion and find a career that will foster that.
Do you love working with kids? Search out non-profits that cater to children’s issues. Do you love to write? Hone those skills and market yourself to websites and companies looking for content. You can’t go wrong with following your passion.
2. Determine what you do best and search out positions that fit those skills.
If you can’t come up with a passion that will also earn you a paycheck, write down some skills you’ve developed over the years and do a search on job sites to see what pops up. You may find a job title or category you never thought of.
3. Access your network of friends and business acquaintances.
Hopefully you’ve embraced social media, and if not, now’s the time to start! Your network can be a rich resource for helping you jump to a new career. Many of your friends and colleagues probably know your personality, your work habits, and your strengths. They would certainly take a chance on you, or at the very least refer you to someone.
4. Get trained and educated.
If you never finished your degree, then you may want to consider going back to school to get proper knowledge for your newfound industry. If you’ve got your degree already, consider going after a Masters degree. There are also tons of industry specific classes and training programs available to adults, so do some research and see what’s available to you.
5. Take action.
This one is probably the most important one of all. We all daydream and wonder about how better our lives could be “if…” Well, the ones who act on those dreams are the ones who have success. Everything else is for naught if you don’t act.
6. Embrace the entrepreneurial spirit.
If the economic downturn has taught us anything, it is that no job is safe. We’re seeing a return of the entrepreneur in this country as many people are looking to blaze their own paths, and ultimately recapture control of their own lives. Take a gamble on yourself and your talents, and you may find that all of your dreams come true. If nothing else, you’ll feel good about the fact that you stepped out of your comfort zone and gave everything you have.