Each one of us at least once in our life goes through a phase in our career where we have to move on from our current job. The reasons could be many, whether it’s politics in the organization, pursuing a new career path, salary issue, dissatisfied for not getting a promotion or any other. Whatever the reason may be, good or bad, it is crucial to quit on a positive note. You need to be remembered by your departure.
The process of leaving your job is one of the most challenging stages in your career. Therefore, doing so without having clarity of what you are doing next can make you feel terrifying, exciting and also liberating. Keep in mind, your willpower will help you lead along the way, but not fear.
Below given are few tips that may help you thrive every step of the way, too.
Take stock and React
In the hustle of stepping into something new, will make you forget about this, which is a crucial step of the journey. Before jumping into next play, wait, think again and then react. What were your goals initially? What do you want to achieve next? What were the mistakes you did in your last gig?
You need to find out the things that were left by you in the last gig, be it the interest, time, skill set, or just a part of priorities. This will help you determine which specific areas to focus, why and how much progress you will be able to make. The most crucial thing is to know where exactly did you lack? After understanding, set certain strategies and try to implement them in your upcoming career path.
Stop taking stock
You may seem this contradictory, but this will be the best next thing for you to do. If you have just quit, it won’t be a surprise that you will have a lot of things in your mind. Our brain usually works on the things even when we aren’t working on it, therefore try to calm your inner voice and trust yourself that your brain is still doing some valuable thinking for you. But, it is a crucial step for you to get outside your head. You can’t just keep thinking about one single thing when you wish to proceed.
Be comfortable taking a mental vacation! Mainly try to stop thinking about the fact that you just did this enormous, career-changing thing.
Reconnect your people
It might do miracles if you take out some free time to go back to your roots and see people who matter you most in your life. Reconnecting with those people (friends, relatives, role models, old colleagues, or those who share equal values) is significant in your life.
Sharing them your dreams, struggles, future plans, frustrations, and ambitions, may help you discover many new things and understand more about who you are at the core. Remember, they will offer you advice or feedbacks, it may or may not be work-related but can be beneficial for you finding your next gig. They may also share with you their own personal experiences. This is useful because outside perspective and experiences can often provide valuable information that you would never have seen.
Freelancing can be a reason to kick start your career. It is also a great opportunity to learn more about yourself. When you do freelance, you learn to manage the full project life cycle, right from approaching clients to producing final deliverables. It is also useful for you to know which part of the cycle you enjoy the most.
When you take on side gigs, you need to pay close personal attention as to where you hit your stride and where exactly you stumble. Doing so will provide you important insight into what you should be looking to do next.
So there you have it: some initial yet important tips for navigating the great, great unknown. Stay patient if it doesn’t happen overnight, landing softly is quite a necessary process. But with a little bit of luck, loads of hard work, and a healthy dose of introspection, you will find your place. Believe in yourself and in the process. Know things that work for you. When your time is right, you will land exactly where you have to be.
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