Where is the road you are on taking you?- The Career Switch
Making a job transition can be a whirlwind of emotions. You may feel afraid of the unknown, excited for the new challenges ahead, hesitant if you are leaving a comfortable situation, or rushed to leave a position you are unhappy with. I know these feelings all too well! I recently experienced many of these emotions myself when I was making the transition to my career with Focus GTS.
Prior to the transition, I was in a fairly comfortable situation at my last job. I had a lot of flexibility in my schedule. I could come home for lunch or hit the gym during the day. I was making more money than I had in my life but I still wasn’t happy. I knew I wanted more from my career. I wanted to be a part of a team that didn't accept average and who strived daily to be better than yesterday. Ultimately, I wanted to be in a situation where I could hit my long-term financial goals.
If you find yourself wanting more out of your career, a good question to ask is,
“Where would I like to be in the next 5 to 10 years? Will my current job put me in a position to reach those desires?”
I did that. I asked myself these hard questions and gave my honest answers.
When I finally realized my current situation was not going to provide me the opportunity to achieve my desires, I made the decision to start my search! I knew what I wanted and I decided to go for it!
Having long-term goals is crucial. It’s ok if you don’t know where you want to be in the next 5 to 10 years. However, it is very important to set goals so you don’t spend the next 5 to 10 years coasting through time not achieving what you know you are capable of.
If you have long-term goals, it's important to access your situation and ask yourself, “If I stay where I am now, where will I be in 5 to 10 years? What is the best possible scenario if I stay?” If the road you are currently on, doesn’t lead you to your end goal, it’s probably time for a change.
When I started the interviewing process I had a couple non-negotiables I knew needed to be meet before changing careers. It is vital to know EXACTLY what you want. Setting non-negotiables beforehand will ensure you don’t settle for the next best thing. It can be easy to start lowering your standards for a new career especially if you are currently unemployed or unhappy/discouraged with your current position. However, it is important you are you are doing something that will provide the results you want and to be a part of an environment that produces growth in all areas.
When I had made the decision to join the Focus GTS team, I saw an opportunity that would allow me to reach not only my financial goals. I would also have access to people who had already reached these financial marks and were willing to help me reach those same levels.
Take the 5 people you spend the most time with and generally, you will be an average of those people. - financially, spiritually, health-wise, etc.
When considering the transition to Focus GTS, I saw an organization that would invest into their employees and strives to help them reach their full potential. I saw people who had already accomplished what I wanted and who were willing to help me duplicate what they had done. I saw a culture of people who would hold themselves and others accountable for their actions and goals they have in place.
What are you looking to accomplish in the next 10 years? Will your current job and the people you have access to provide you with the opportunity to accomplish these goals? These are the questions you should be asking yourself. When you have decided to make that change know exactly what you are wanting out of your next career opportunity. Remember, to stay true until you find the organization and job that will allow you to accomplish all you have set out to accomplish.