Great, in this series you can hear from people who’ve made the leap. I hope it inspires you to hear from others as well as giving you an insight into the brave and wonderful changes that people have made.
Read on to be introduced to Nikki, our first interviewee!
Changing your career at any time presents challenges to overcome and opportunities to grasp hold of. It also offers you a time to reflect on more than just what job you do to put bread on the table.
To make a career change successful it helps to take time to think about your life overall. Consider the lifestyle you aspire to, the commitments you have, the experiences you can choose.
Introducing Coaching with Nikki
What do you do now / what’s your role / business?:
Health and wellness coach.
What did you do before you made your career change?
Teacher of Design and Technology.
How long did it take you to make the leap from thinking about making a change to actually making it?
I’m still in the process. I started retraining 2 ½ years ago. Then it's been trial and error building my business, ready for the official transfer over. I feel like I've still got some learning to do but I'm confident it'll work out. It's been an emotional journey filled with personal growth.
Why did you make your career change?
Part boredom, part challenge. I felt ready to start another chapter of my life. I also wanted something that would fit into my new life as mother. I wanted to offer support for working mothers like myself.
What’s your favourite thing about the changes you made to your life?
Freedom and personal growth. I feel like my new career best suits my skill set and desire to help others. I love the freedom of being my own boss and all the learning I've done along the way.
What have your biggest obstacles when it comes to making a big career change?
The fear of success. I feel my responsibilities as a parent have held me back, alongside my fear of rejection, humiliation, failure. But this is something I'm working on. My hunger for success outweighs my fears of failure.
What has been the biggest success of your post-career change world?
Personal development and getting to know me better. Setting and meeting challenges. Meeting new people and receiving new opportunities.
What’s an average freelance day like for you?
Currently it's based on creating leads. I’m working on material to sell.
What skill(s) do you feel have helped you the most from your old life to your new one?
Communication skills and being creative. Being tenacious too.
How have others in your life responded to you making this change?
I'm quite private so not many people know. Those that do have been supportive.
Has your work-life balance changed since you made your career change?
I'd say my understanding of work-life balance had changed. It's impossible to have a balance currently but I understand that. I appreciate I currently need to work harder and smarter to launch my business. I don't take work as seriously as I did previously. My health is far more important.
How does your career compare now to what it was?
I'm still teaching but I have more fun working on my coaching business. I’m looking forward to giving up teaching and concentrating on coaching.
What does the future look like for you? (Would you be open to another career change in the future?)
I’m open to all possibilities as I don’t fully know what the future holds. I don’t believe I’ve got to stay in one career for the rest of my working life. I don’t know where coaching will lead me.
If you had one top tip for someone thinking about making a career change, what would it be?
To listen to your gut feeling.
Also, if you're a really cautious person, get some experience in the field you'd like to move to. Speak to others, attend networking event, read up on the new career. I'm sure you'll have many skills which could easily transfer into a new career. Speak to someone who’s made a similar transition or is thinking of transitioning too. Form a tribe because you'll need the support. Surround yourself with positive people. Speak to a careers adviser and know you're not alone.
What’s one thing you wish you knew before making your career change?
Things don't always go to plan, but don't worry, it's all part of the process.
Where can we find you?
Find Nikki on Facebook and Instagram - Coaching with Nikki
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