As we embark on a new year, it's a great time for reflection and setting new goals. For many women, this may include consideration for a mid-career change. It might be that you’re feeling unfulfilled in your current role, seeking new challenges, or looking to align your career with your personal values and goals, a mid-career switch can be a fulfilling and empowering experience.
Here are some steps to help you make a successful mid-career pivot in the new year:
- Reflect on your current situation: Before making any changes, it's important to assess your current job and career path. Ask yourself what you enjoy and what you'd like to change. Consider what you've learned so far and what skills and experiences you have to offer.
- Identify your values and goals: Take the time to think about what's truly important to you and what you want to achieve in your career. This can help you determine what direction you want to take and what kind of job or industry would be the best fit for you. You want to ensure that whatever you pivot to is something that really fulfills and in order not to feel stuck again.
- Research and network: Once you have a clear idea of your values, goals, and what you have to offer, you will need to start researching different industries and job opportunities that align with your vision. Network with people in these industries and ask for informational interviews to learn more about what they do and what it takes to succeed.
- Upskill and reskill: In order to pivot into a new field, you may need to acquire new skills and knowledge. Explore online courses, workshops, and certifications to help you build the skills you need to make the switch.
- Create a plan: After you have done your research and identified your goals, the next thing would be to create a plan for making your pivot. Consider how you'll balance your current job with your new learning and networking activities and set timelines and milestones to keep yourself on track.
- Be patient and persistent: Making a mid-career pivot can be a long process, so it's important to be patient and persistent, making sure to keep your eye on the prize and focus on what you're working towards, even when the journey gets tough.
A mid-career pivot can be a rewarding and exciting journey, and it's never too late to make a change. If you're feeling unfulfilled in your current role, take the time to reflect on what you really want and what you have to offer, and start working towards a more fulfilling and purposeful career in the new year.
I would be interested in knowing which of these steps you plan to take going forward.