3 Tips For Making A Career Change
The Three-Step Process To Supercharge Your Career And Ride the Wave of Change
Within today’s ever-changing and disruptive business conditions, the surf is always up. Widespread changes are now occurring regardless of the industry or market and business leaders will need to change how they approach their careers in order to meet these new demands.
How can business leaders stay competitive, continually develop new skills and explore a career transition in light of so much disruptive change?
Author John Wessinger, who has written a new book called RIDE THE WAVE: How To Embrace Change And Create A Powerful New Relationship With Risk, outlines the process from his book and describes the three things business leaders can learn from the archetypal surfer about how to explore a career change.
EMBRACE THE CHANGING CONDITIONS
No industry, market or employee is immune from change. Technology has made business more open, more transparent and given everyone – including customers and organizations – more choice. With that comes skills that are needed one minute and gone the next – just like waves in the ocean. Companies have had to adapt quickly, and it has exposed employees who have held onto the old ways of doing things. Embrace this change that is happening, accept it and use it as a way to identify what skills companies need now, which ones you have and which ones you need to develop for the future.
ADOPT A PROGRESSION-BASED MINDSET
With the conditions changing so rapidly within industries, the skills needed are becoming more technical and more specific. If you are of the mindset that your skills are fixed, you are going to struggle to build new skills. Surfers have what is called a progression-based mindset. Much like a growth mindset, they think of their skills as always progressing. In business we think of our skills as fixed and we look for new jobs that align with that skill set. We need to think about our skills as always progressing if we want to meet the new demands of disruptive markets.
EXPLORE RISK AND USE IT AS A COMPASS
One of the biggest obstacles holding anyone back from making a career change is the risk involved in doing something new. The uncertainty of a new role, having new coworkers and anticipating the future success of an organization can be daunting. It can keep even the most talented and skilled professional from exploring a new opportunity. Instead, see the risk involved with this change as a positive sign. Greater responsibilities or having to work with more talented teams can create extreme levels of stress and anxiety. But, it could also do something your previous job could not, take you to the next level in your career.
The business leaders that embrace change, adopt a new mindset and take on the risks involved with a career change, will not only survive, but will thrive in the new conditions.
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