Managing Your Job Transition faster & more efficiently
Changing jobs can create a lot of unrest in our lives, even when the change is for the better. The jobs that we leave behind once occupied a big part of our lives, creating our everyday sense of rhythm and flow, possibly putting us in contact with friends and acquaintances who may not be a part of our lives after we leave, and even helping to form our sense of personal identity.
Also, a job transition can bring up a lot of questions and concerns about the future. Will we continue to be able to live in the ways that we’re accustomed to, or will we have to tighten our belts? Will we get along with our new co-workers and boss? Will we have to get accustomed to new sleeping routines, new commutes, new responsibilities that we haven’t had before?
If you’re in the midst of a career change, or seriously contemplating such a move, you may be thinking a lot about your life in general and weighing its pros and cons. We tend to get into a certain groove when working a steady job, and this affects not only our daily routines but also our mental habits. Suddenly, when that job is no longer there, there’s space in our minds that can be filled with so many things: hope, fear, excitement, anxiety, and lots of practical concerns. Unfortunately, the stress caused by transitions – or, particularly, by the lack of a job – can make it difficult to think clearly and make careful decisions concerning our future courses.
It’s important to create some space in which you can weigh your options and explore your feelings about each of them. If you’re leaving one job and still trying to find another, this can be a fruitful time to really look at your desires and interests. Sometimes the anxiety of being in transition urges us to settle for jobs that we don’t really want. The insecurity that can arise during this period of time may cloud your judgment. You may be operating on faulty beliefs about yourself and your choices. Maybe you are more qualified than you think. There might be several jobs out there for you that offer the same salary that you’re used to – or even better. Allowing yourself some downtime and quiet space can enable you to see the reality of your situation clearly, undistorted by any fears that may be coming up.
It is very helpful, to talk with a job transition coach who have been dealing with similar transitions, or who have done so in the past. Many of us experience the same kinds of emotional upheaval during times of change. You might move through excitement, anxiety, confusion, and peace as you keep stepping forward. The emotional support that you receive from others who are making a similar change as you are – or considering it – can make a big difference. After all, you aren’t just in the process of switching jobs but are actually altering the way that your life looks in fundamental ways.
Your “job transition” coach or career coach can also inspire you to keep striving for the kind of work that you really want, and help you to resist the temptation to slide back into old and familiar ways of making a living. Transitioning into a new line of work can make you feel anxious at times, but most things in life that are worthwhile involve risk. You can’t know what you might achieve until you dare to take that leap.
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