For the last decade, I've been on a career-shifting roller coaster. I've leaped into my future with gusto, often at the surprise of family and friends who now joke that I'm working my way through careers via a process of elimination.
And, to make these leaps, I had to believe in myself and not the myths others told me about changing careers. Over the next three posts, I'm going to share with you the top three career change myths I was told and how I busted them wide open, and you can too.
A little about me – I used to change career, a lot
So you've got a clear picture of just how much I've shifted careers since graduating from university in 2009. Here's a brief rundown of my own career changes: Antique jewellery expert for four and half years, publishing editor for two and half years, and a corporate communications specialist for two and a bit years all before setting up my own business five years ago. And, for full disclosure, I had seven different employers in total to boot, and if you take promotions and role changes into account, the total of jobs across all those sectors climbs to double-figures. I am a self-confessed serial career shifter.
So, if you're in the process of thinking, dreaming, or even planning a career change but are feeling the fear and the doubt, then I get it. I've been there. And, I've pushed through it, and you can too.
I've learned important lessons along the way too, which are more often than not wrapped up in the myths that we're all told about making a career shift. And what makes these myths seem so weighty, so real, is that they're not just told to us by our bosses, colleagues, friends, and families they're believed by them too.
But, if you're going to make a change, then overcoming the well-intentioned advice of friends and the condescending imparting of 'wisdom' from more experienced colleagues is one of the most tricky and most important things you have to do.
I'm here to help show you the facts from the fiction. So let's get cracking, bust that myth that says you've got to stay in a job a year. It's time to bust the top three career change myths wide open. And, I'm the living proof that they're not fact, just fiction!