New You, New Career: How to Start Again

A new start is never easy and if you find that your whole life is changing all at once, it can be very, very stressful. Whether you have suddenly been suddenly redundant, suffered a life-altering injury or personal issues got in the way of your job, starting again is always possible to some degree. Everyone has something to offer, even when you don’t know which direction to turn in.

One of the most stressful things about starting again is not knowing where you stand financially so finding out where you can get some money from is your priority. Though money is often a taboo subject, even amongst friends and family, you need to talk things through with the people you trust most.

To begin with, you should always see if you could benefit from compensation or claim on your insurance. If you have suffered a serious injury, you should also talk to a law firm like Finkelstein, Meirowitz and Eidlisz, LLP who will be able to represent you and get the best results.

Another way of beginning to combat your new financial situation is to get back to work. Now, if you have suffered a life-altering injury, this may be a lot easier said than done. However, there is always something you can do and if you can turn something you do for fun into a way of making profit, you are already onto a winner.

Before you get started, here are 3 things you should think about to guide you towards your next career. Whatever your condition and personal circumstances, it all begins with this.

What are Your Strengths?

Figuring out what your strengths are after a life-changing incident can be difficult. Instead of falling back on everything you knew about yourself before, you now need to start with a blank slate and think about what your strengths are now.

There are a couple of ways of going about this and there are a few types of strength worth considering. For a start, thinking about your character might seem unimportant when you are thinking about a change of career, but your character will tell you a lot about yourself and what you are suited to. You should also consider what your soft skills are, as well as most obvious talents.

Don’t worry about experience for now. When you are starting again, it is unlikely that what you are going for will be something you have done before. This means that you need to have a more holistic approach to which jobs might be more suited to you. Think about your career path more generally first and then rule things in or out according to this wider list.

You should also ask your friends and family what your strengths are. People are generally bad at assessing what we are like because we don’t really have much of a frame of reference: we’ve always been ourselves, after all. Friends and family will be able to give you a more balanced view of your strengths and some of the things they come up with might even surprise you.

Encourage your friends and family to give you as much specificity as possible when they feedback to you. This will help you to see where patterns emerge and get a better idea of what most people think. If you are feeling brave, you could also ask old colleagues for help, though do remember that if you left under a bit of a cloud, they might not be so impartial!

Once you have a better idea of what your strengths are, it is a good idea to create a sort of self-profile. This will help you to look at yourself more impartially, and see where your strengths might fit. And now you can start thinking about trying something new.

Time to Try Something New

When you have a better idea of what your strengths are, you will be able to see which jobs might be suited to you now. Remember that it is never too late to start again and trying something new, even at a late stage in your career, could be the best way to find fulfilment.

The first question to ask is: are my skills transferable? All jobs come with some transferable skills from communication skills to management skills. However, some jobs also require a set of skills you may not have developed in your previous career but have gained elsewhere. For example, if you are part of a sports team, you will have developed skills in the sport you play as well as teamwork and social skills.

Trying something new is your chance to go for the career you have always wanted, but it is also an opportunity to test your skills in another field. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself and assume that you will have to go in all guns blazing straight away. Lots of jobs will allow you to build your career up slowly as you gain experience.  

Be Your Own Boss

Starting a new career in a new office with new people might be a little bit too much new for some people. For you the answer is simple, but it might be a bit daunting to start with: work for yourself. Entrepreneurs can come from anywhere and it could be the perfect route for you.

When you are your own boss, you can go at your own speed and develop your skills without feeling the pressure of other colleagues. This route isn’t for everyone, but if you have a skill to share, all you need to do is set up a website and start networking to use that skill as a freelance business. Writers, artists, business consultants and all kinds of other professionals can be very successful working from home and this will give you a chance to work as much or as little as you like.

By focusing on what you can do, what you want and where the opportunities are, you can set yourself a reasonable goal and get going again. Try to see this change as an opportunity. However, hard it is to leave the life you had behind, there are so many exciting times ahead. All you need to do is grab them.

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About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, CEO of Inspired Marketing, Inc., is a small business marketing coach who teaches women entrepreneurs how to monetize their message so they can make more money from their expertise. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog, Entrepreneur-Resources.net.

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