Career change…..it makes me anxious We’ve all felt it. That nagging sense that the work we are doing is no longer (or perhaps never was) right for us. Next stop: PANIC. The thinking goes something like this. “I don’t know what else I could do…. No body else will employ me….. Oh well, maybe it is not so bad after all….. I’ll stay another few years and just see what happens.” Here are some useful things to know about change and some suggestions for taking the fear out of it. Change in the workforce happens and will continue to happen. For example, those entering the workforce now can expect to have seven or eight significant career changes in their working lives. Change is a process with recognisable stages. Once we understand the stages we can see that we are actually progressing through them. The stages can be described as: 1. ending 2. neutral zone 3. beginning For some of us security and stability in relation to work is very important. We also know that security and stability are in short supply in the workforce. We can however create some of that security for ourselves by Knowing what our transferable skills are, Being able to articulate them, Keeping up to date with who needs those skills Thinking of ways to harness our skills in a new way. Perhaps it’s time to think of career change like we think of change in the rest of our lives. We don’t always relish the change (particularly if we haven’t sought out the change) but we do understand that when we start a new course, move to a new neighbourhood or travel somewhere we’ve never been before we will: Learn new things Meet new people Change our priorities Develop new interests and pursue new ideas If we can take some or all of the above and put it into a career context, it’s not so threatening. In fact it can make the prospect of a career change actually look exciting.