Change careers / Reinvent yourself
Re-inventing ourselves or changing careers may be necessary for personal and / or professional growth. But so many of us, particularly lawyers, are resistant to change meaning the process can feel extremely unsettling. Especially, when those little voices in our heads keep telling us that ‘we can’t afford to do it’ or ‘it took so many years of study to get this far, if I change careers my qualifications will all go to waste’. Then of course, there's the added emotional barrier of worrying about how others around might react. Therefore, it’s small wonder that when we think about venturing down a new path most of us will be guilty of procrastination with many of us eventually talking ourselves out of doing it.
One of the single biggest reasons why people give up on their wish to change careers is because they simply go about it in the wrong order. For example, many of you will have undoubtedly already spent hours browsing job boards without any clear idea of what you're after (a bit like searching for properties on RightMove before you've even decided between a country house or city pad and without a clue regarding what's within your budget!). Whilst some of you may have gone one step further and spoken to recruiters who politely told you to get lost.
So, before you spend even more wasted hours desperately switching between job boards and LinkedIn or preparing yet another version of your CV I recommend speaking to me about career coaching. My tailored sessions will help you do some 'proper' self-reflection so you can answer those all important questions: What's going on in your unique world? How is family life? How is work? What about your health and well-being? What is your current financial situation? What do you really like doing outside of work?
And most significantly what needs to change? Are you after better work/life balance? Are you feeling bored and want more responsibility? Are you struggling to build a workable relationship with a colleague? You may conclude that despite your initial thoughts / feelings you don't need to do anything as radical as changing careers. It may be more appropriate to discuss your career-related concerns / frustrations with your line manager. Alternatively, switching employers may be a more suitable solution, albeit in the short to medium term.
Returning to work
For so many lawyers, returning to work after a lengthy career break can be an extremely daunting prospect. Lots of you may not know where to start, or if you are anything like those professionals who are considering a career change you may risk going about it completely the wrong way (see above). That's precisely why working with me, either on a one-off basis (please go to 1-2-1 Careers Consulting for more details on what's on offer) or via a more comprehensive coaching programme, will boost your motivation levels whilst enabling you to become more resourceful.
I will enable you to gain more clarity and assess 'all' your options before reaching a decision, after all returning to work doesn't necessarily mean doing the same job you left before taking a break. Indeed, for many returners the process might also involve an element of re-invention or even setting up a portfolio career. Either way, the process can be both lengthy and complex meaning there's a real risk of putting things off for another day or completely losing focus.
Once you've made a decision, I can work with you to plan the implementation stage and help you to set 'realistic' and achievable goals.
If you're a lawyer considering a return to work and would like to find out more about how working with me can re-energise you and help facilitate your journey back into work, please complete an enquiry form to set up a complimentary 25-mins no-obligation chemistry call with me.