Are you feeling stuck in a career that’s going nowhere and doesn’t fulfill you? Do you want to try something new? Then you’re not alone. And if you’re also feeling nervous about doing that and you’re lacking the confidence to take the first (or any) step, you’re not alone in that, either. It’s hard to get out of your comfort zone, and it’s hard to start again – especially if you’ve been in a job for many years or even decades. However, if you’re not happy, then it’s vital you gain that missing confidence because working in a career you hate is just going to make the rest of your life miserable as well, and it really doesn’t have to be that way. With that in mind, here are some excellent ways to gain the confidence you need to change careers.

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What’s Your Motivation?

If you’re finding it hard to get started when it comes to a career change, it might be that you need a little bit of inspiration to give you the kickstart you need. So what’s your motivation? Why do you want to change careers in the first place, especially given how challenging it could be? Some people will want to change because they don’t like what they’re doing or it’s boring. Some want to make more money. Some want more freedom. Others might no longer feel the industry they’re in is one that links up with their ideals and opinions.

 

Once you’ve determined what your motivation is for changing careers, you’ll be able to keep that in mind, focusing on it whenever you feel a bit of a wobble during the change. The more you realize that changing careers is definitely the right thing to do because of your reason behind it, the more you’ll do to ensure that it happens, so you can be happier in the end.

What Are Your Transferable Skills?

Perhaps you’re lacking confidence because you think you’ll have to start from the very bottom of whatever career you go into and that means it’s going to take time to work up to anything – years, perhaps. Maybe you think you don’t have the skills needed to even apply for any of the jobs you want, so you feel you’re stuck and have to stay in the career you’re already in, even if you dislike it.

 

Although it’s true you might need some specific skills that relate directly to your new career (some careers need qualifications, for example, that you might not have), it’s also true that you’ll definitely already have plenty of other skills that you can use in a new career – you just have to remind yourself of them. Transferable skills are the ones that can be used in all kinds of situations and, of course, careers, and could include problem-solving, communication, leadership, flexibility, organization, time-keeping, and so on. Knowing you have these skills is a big boost to your confidence, especially when you start to see how useful they could be if you took an entirely new career path.

Get More Education

If you really want to build confidence, there’s not much better than gaining more qualifications and knowledge, so why not go back into education in some way to ensure that’s the case?

 

This is crucial if the career you want to go into has some industry-specific qualification requirements, obviously, but even if it doesn’t, going back to education to brush up on your skills or learn new ones, such as what is conversion rate optimization for marketing could be exactly what you need to feel a lot more confident that switching careers is something you can do.

Talk To Someone

Making big decisions alone isn’t usually going to be all that easy, and even if you do come to a conclusion, you might still be worried that it’s the wrong one. That’s why it’s a good idea to have people around you to bounce ideas off and ask opinions of – it’s always going to be your decision in the end because it’s your life, after all, but getting some other perspectives can be massively useful and confidence-boosting.

 

You could talk to friends and family because they’ll be able to help on a personal level, giving you confidence in your skills and understanding your passion for changing careers, but don’t forget there are professionals you can talk to as well. You could, for example, join a professional network linked to your new career option and talk to people working in that industry for some inside information – or you could just use a networking site like LinkedIn to connect to people and ask them questions. Getting the full picture and plenty of advice and encouragement is sure to build your confidence.