Everybody at one time or another in their career reaches a moment when you hit a rut. You have to stop, step back, and consider taking your career path in a different direction. This is a daunting challenge but will make you happier in the long run. To help you navigate out of this rut, here are a few ways to reinvent your career path:
1. Freelance Experience
Freelance experience is a quick and easy way to learn some new skills while still earning a living. Whether you are at the beginning of your career or taking a left-turn later in your career, one of the biggest challenges is getting that first opportunity in a new career. Freelance work is a great way to open doors, gain skills and experience plus meet some people in the industry.
2. Invest in yourself
Whether this is joining an evening class, doing an online course, apprenticeship or enrolling in a degree, invest some time and energy in yourself. This will not only help to refine your understanding in your desired career, but it is also a great opportunity to network. Information is key. Load yourself with access to useful resources that will help you reinvent yourself.
3. Start your own company
If you can’t find someone to employ you or the company you want to work for – start your own company. This piece of advice definitely comes with a health warning. It is not easy and should be undertaken with caution, but if you dream of being your own boss, make it happen. This is the most sure-fire way to reinvent yourself. Make sure you use all the contacts, connections, knowledge, skills and passion that you have identified in steps 1 & 2.
You have more control over your career than you think. These 3 dynamic steps will help you navigate away from your career rut and guide you towards your dream career. It is never too late to reinvent yourself.