How to change your profession and not spoil your life, advice career counselor
told UaUa.info why changing the profession in the middle of a career path is not an extravagance, but a completely justified decision. And she explained how to choose a new business, how to apply yourself to an employer, and how to believe in your strength, despite the lack of experience.
The stories of people who, at one point, radically changed jobs, and began to engage in what brings both pleasure and money, are admired, and make a little jealous.
Most of us might want to try something new. But we are sure in advance that nothing will come of it. We perceive our education, our profession, to which we spent 5-10 years, as a rut, from which it is difficult and unnecessary. We get used to seeing ourselves only in one role. But it happens that the soul asks for something else.
Many people come to me with the question: “I don't want to do what I did. How to understand what I want and find such a job? ”
This condition is called a professional crisis.Often women feel this way after the decree. The birth of a child in itself changes all the priorities. Plus a pause in work, when you can look at what you have been doing for so many years. After this, many understand that the exit from the decree to the old work is no longer inspiring.
This condition can overtake not only on maternity leave.
A professional crisis is a sign that a person has grown as a specialist, is closely for him. He already wants differently. But his work tools and professional outlook are still old. How to do something “differently” with them is not clear.
The crisis is maturing precisely because of the discrepancy between new desires and existing experience. I want something, but what exactly - until I can not understand.
We weigh our own skills and competencies, and it seems to us that they do not correspond to any of the known specialties. But, as a rule, we only schematically imagine what people of different professions do.
If you look at the list of vacancies, you can howl out of despair, so everything is outlined in this way. At the same time, each template has its own volume, and it must be identified. The same marketer - each company invests something in this concept.There are no two similar marketers.
Man is a piece, unique product. It is important to find in yourself this uniqueness, your own set of qualities, skills and desires. And look for work, based on this set, and not on what the market offers you.
I can’t figure it out on my own - use the help of a specialist coach. How coaches work and how they can help, read in the article What does coaching give: mom's experience.
Do not focus on qualifications - it is acquired very quickly, if it is not about something very complex technically. If you have always liked to write, but you have never earned it, you should not finish any courses for so long, read the thematic sites and literature, just take it and write, by experiment.
In order to "hear yourself" than you would like to do, just carefully look around. You walk down the street, sit in a cafe, go into some places - there are a lot of people around you, and they are all busy with something. Pay attention to what they do, how they do it. Would you be interested in doing this? Do you see how this can be done better or more interesting?
The same can be done on TV shows and movies.
Watch a movie and make yourself a profession. Here is the detective, this seamstress - oh, cool. But this is a professional cook. And I bake such cakes! Maybe try?
In social networks, go to any women's group, and write: “Girls, who has what profession? Share, please. " In two hours you will be given a sea of options, and there will definitely be something interesting there that will make you dig deeper.
There are very few people who approach the job search in terms of “What I want.” The majority immediately looks at who is needed in the labor market, and by whom their qualifications allow them to work.
Yes, anyone, really. Qualification is a flexible concept. If you were a good administrator in a beauty salon, you will be a good administrator in almost any area that does not require narrow knowledge.
Of course, it’s difficult for a locksmith to become a piano tuner if he doesn’t have any relevant experience. But, if there is experience, a rigid scheme: “Who can I be with my qualifications?” Loses meaning.
Professional skills - like a big 3D puzzle. When a professional crisis sets in, this puzzle needs to be disassembled into individual parts, and assembled differently.The same elements, folded in a new order, give a qualitatively different appearance.
Sometimes, you need to finish something, something to master. But you, still, never start from scratch.
When a cybernetic woman at the age of 30 goes to re-educate herself to a psychologist, her cybernetic past and friendship with figures will help her, because she will deal with research.
When the mistress of a nail salon at her age of 38 throws everything and starts a horse club, all her past skills help her: organization of the process, search for clients, work with staff, advertising.
The frequent question is how to submit such an experience in the resume. When you go to a new sphere, you don’t need to hide your previous experience. It is possible that the employer, knowing where you came from, will see in this additional benefits.
Our professional experience is not infinite volume. Some things always intersect. Organizational skills, analytical skills, communication skills with clients - they are relevant for most professions. Therefore, it is not worth writing a completely “bare” resume.
Write down all that you can, and look at this experience more widely, and not only within the framework of your profession.
For example, I worked in research, in PR, in the labor market, in IT. Due to this, I am now guided in a fairly wide range of issues, I can present myself, I understand the processes of attracting clients, in PR. All this is useful to me in consulting work. Nothing was wasted
Well, yes, my ability to glue envelopes, which has remained since the age of 14, suffers somewhat, but what to do.
In addition to existing professions, new ones are constantly emerging on the market. They appear at the junction of the desires and skills of some individuals. Someone decides that this is the thing he knows how best, he tries, and it turns out that his work is necessary and useful to other people.
For example, I am good at telling people how to find a job. I tell, and there is a profession - a career coach.
Collect your ideal work, like a puzzle. Its elements are things you like to do, things you can do well, and things you can pay for. Put them in a different order, and get different options for activities.
To check how suitable these options are for you, you just need to take and try.It is not necessary for this to open a business, or sign a contract with the employer. Take a small freelance job, offer it to someone to do for free. And you will see how much you need it, and people.
I had a period when I was actively interviewing work. I came to them in a business suit and with bright green dreadlocks.
Among potential employers there were quite serious organizations: a bank, a law firm. But these dreadlocks did not cause almost no questions. Only once I was asked: "What is it on your head?". And then they clarified: “No, you don’t think anything, I’m just a Soviet woman, I’m 32 and strange to me”. I was then 32 too.
Then I realized that you should not be afraid of who you are. Yes, I have such a state of mind, I have green dreadlocks on my head. But this does not negate my professionalism.
In Arzinger’s law office, which is one of the largest in Ukraine, the interview was conducted by the managing partner. On the walls in the office hung Temo Svirelli's paintings. I noticed: "Oh, sorry, recently died, such a good artist." And this man melted. Because who knows this Temo? And if I know - it means, to some extent, I am “my own”.
Finding employees is often to find "their" in spirit. True, this is a good job.Looking for a bad looking for labor for slaughter.
But we do not want to get a labor for slaughter, we want an interesting, good job. Therefore, employers need to choose accordingly. And, in any case, do not pretend to be someone else at the interview, do not hesitate to be who you are, or at some point in your path.
Even you were, relatively speaking, a loader, you need to find a way to make this an original, beautiful job offer.
People often do not even think about how much is behind their professionalism, what they are at the moment.
All our life, from 15-16 years old, we develop our professional qualities, work somewhere, invest as an expert an infinite amount of money, attention, strength, tears, humiliation of some people, when we do something that we I do not like. This all creates us as we are.
Do not use this - it's like that for many years to paint a picture, and then hide it under a rag. What have you been doing all these years - yes, nothing special.
Find yourself as a professional, fall in love with yourself. Stop devaluing your achievements, and give yourself a chance for a new interesting job.You have everything to handle.