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Lessons I Learned from Making a Career Change – ‘Don’t Go It Alone’

Building a support team was one of the biggest contributors to my successful career change.  Like any big change or project that you undertake, having the right people on board will ensure you get where you want to go more efficiently and effectively.

Here are a few simple steps for setting up your support team:

Find people that will encourage you
Now is the time to have people on side who not only believe in you, but will support and encourage you to keep pushing forward, even when the going gets tough.  These are the people that understand why you want to make a career change, the impact that it will have on your life and a strong desire to see you get there.

Share your career goal
To make sure your support team is helping to propel you forward, you need to share your career goal with them.  Whether it’s starting your own business, moving from industry x to y, or stepping up the corporate ladder, it’s important that they have a clear idea of what you are working towards and what your timeline is (don’t forget that every goal needs a timeline).

Be accountable
Your support team is a great way to stay accountable, so make sure that you share your action plan with them and ask them to check in with you to ensure that you are ticking off your actions.  Just knowing that other people expect you to have completed an action within a set timeframe, is enough to motivate most people to get the job done.

One of the added benefits of having your very own support team, is new perspectives.  Sometimes we get so caught up in our own world, that we can’t see the woods for the trees.  So ask your support team for their ideas and perspectives, as this can really help you to overcome challenges, find new directions and lead you to success.