Has your career taken you in a direction that you did not anticipate?
When you find yourself in this predicament, it elicits feelings of disappointment and discouragement. These feelings are hard to shake.
However, a mindset reset can make all the difference.
Take Time to Reset
Before moving on, give yourself time to reset. Do things for yourself. Give yourself the time to feel disappointed and discouraged, but avoid dwelling on those feelings too long. There’s a grieving process that’s important to moving on when you are faced with unexpected changes. But, the key is to acknowledge it, feel it, and start moving forward.
Acknowledge It for What It Is
When you find yourself grappling with the why and how of an unexpected career change, acknowledge it for what it is: a turn. Change happens, and often it is out of your control. It is part of life. Yes, it’s unexpected and disheartening, but not the end of the road. It’s your chance to determine your next path. Have you been feeling dissatisfied by monotony? Take this opportunity to re-evaluate your career and goals or make the changes you’ve possibly wanted to make for a long time.
Allow this unexpected turn to take you on a new, exciting path in your career. Be open to new possibilities.
Take the Opportunity to Learn
What would you have done differently prior to this unexpected change in your career? Were you happy where you were or do you desire something more? During an unexpected career event, step back, reflect, and evaluate your future. Learn from the past and use your knowledge to set goals for the future of your career. Figure out how you can improve your leadership skills and expertise to make yourself more marketable and valuable to companies.
Focus on the Future
The most important part is to avoid dwelling on the past. Learn from mistakes, set goals for growth, and keep your focus on the future. How are you going to meet your goals? What do you need to do to get there? Keep pushing forward and only look back with the intent to learn from the past.