Many years go by and the light that we had found early in our careers begins to dim. Not all of us experience this, but some of us suffer through this. We are no longer as passionate about what we once before were so passionate about. We dream of a new career or starting our own business, but the fear of the unknown grips us. The fear is not limited to that annoying voice that seems to always caution us on moving forward; it usually is your family and friends.
You perceive giving up tenure and trying something new will take you so far out from your comfort zone that you cannot fathom leaving your current situation. You have deceived yourself into thinking that you would be safer staying where you are with benefits and a steady paycheck. Or, you will have to take a severe pay cut to begin a new career. But is this really true?
Companies are always looking at ways to trim the fat. They are always trying to figure out how to do more with less. Also, some companies are looking at past work experience that will compliment different professions. Employers are looking for candidates who can be trained with a proven record of progressive soft skills that are invaluable in today’s workforce. Most HR professionals know that layoffs are eminent in today’s workforce, so we prepare ourselves by networking, networking, and oh yes; networking.
Nothing is guaranteed, so go for it. This does not mean you quit your job because of a great idea. No, it means you prepare. You research and make sure the idea is marketable. If you determine that it is, then you do not have to leave your job just yet. You can keep your day job, but make your business a side business. Let this be your new part-time gig.
Before you start applying for a job in a new profession, know your salary requirements. You should begin to save by eliminating unnecessary expenses. This will build a cushion while you transition. Usually, the pay cut is not as severe as first thought, but there will be some time spent learning and growing. Your passion will get you through the day, but be realistic on how low you can actually go regarding your salary. This way, you will have some security while you work on learning or growing your business.
You should also be able to determine whether this is a hobby or an actual business, but give yourself time to see how far you can go in your chosen career or new business. By taking the leap, you can at least say that you tried, and did so with courage. I hope you try and try again until you succeed. Just because it might not pan-out does not mean you should just give up on your dreams.
Just MyMoxie two cents!