These were the thoughts I had every time I thought about changing careers:
> What on earth will I do?
> Where do I start?
> What if I change my mind?
> Wouldn’t I be stupid to leave a secure job?
> Who will I be without my career?
> What if I’m unsuccessful?
> Is it a waste of everything I’ve worked for?
> What will my partner / parents / friends / employer say?!
> I don’t want to let anyone down.
> I don’t know how to do anything else.
> I should just carry on.
When I started considering something different, these were the questions that kept turning over in my head. It was overwhelming, I didn’t know where to start and I didn’t have anyone to talk to about it.
I didn’t know the answers to these questions. It took a while to realise that these were fears and were blocking me from moving forward. Gradually, I began to overcome each of these. The answer wasn’t in scouring job and recruitment sites.
The first step was in believing that I deserved to find a career that I was truly passionate about and that aligned with my values and the life I wanted to create for myself.
You too hold the answers to these questions, but they can be hard to navigate alone. Get in touch if you would like to start working through your fears to find your next career move.
Gemma Brown is an associate certified coach with the International Coach Federation, working with people to navigate successfully through transitions - be it career, relationships or life in general. Her belief is that when we confidently bring our whole selves to all areas of life, anything is possible. Transitions exist in both our personal and business life, and so often, the two fiercely overlap. Coaching with Gemma focuses on you as a whole, enabling you to identify your strengths, build confidence and to live a life with increased purpose and direction. Gemma is based in Cambridgeshire and carries out face to face coaching in the area as well as 1-2-1 coaching via Skype and Zoom. For more about Gemma, visit her 'About' page or contact her directly.