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Taking Down Common Barriers To Your Dream Career

When it comes to embarking on a dream or chosen career, many women feel they cannot get away from their current path. This feeling of entrapment can happen for a variety of reasons. The most common likely having something to do with money. In current times it’s easy to understand any hesitation to shift careers, as the economic landscape is shaky at best.

That said, there could be emotional and psychological benefits to landing your dream job, especially during tough times. Either way, it’s important to understand what fears and obstacles are holding you back. Depending on what they are, you could be in a position to make a career move. Check out some common barriers to chasing a dream career. 

Getting Over Fear of Lack with a Solid Plan

When financial obligations are great, rocking the proverbial money boat doesn’t seem like a smart move. This is especially true for those people who have children and dependents. Naturally, we all want to provide for our families in a secure and efficient way. This can cause us to wander far from the dream path. However, taking steps to improve your financial outlook can be done without shoving yourself overboard.

Having poverty or lack mentality could be an ingrained fear, stemming from childhood. Therefore, it takes focus, perseverance, and a solid plan to overcome it. I recommend learning all that you can about financial planning, debt reduction, and saving. Know that there are quality resources available to help you make financial changes, including changing jobs or careers. If you can invest in programs like the Debt to Success System and other financial gain methods, now would be a good time to do it.

You can also take inspiration from women who found a way to start businesses during difficult times. With job loss and lack of security looming over our country, Being creative and using your skills to make money on your own could pay off more than you might think, as so many consumers have committed to supporting small businesses.

Building Credibility and Skills

It’s common to be told that you don’t have the experience or right piece of paper (certification or degree) to move up in your own industry, let alone in one you’re not working in.  Many are also told that they are too old to change careers. In these situations, making a move can feel impossible.

However, the truth is that there are always ways to build cred and skills. Returning to school or even taking single courses can help build your confidence and launch you into a new career path. Furthermore, working part-time as an intern or volunteer could be a valuable experience. And, if you have enough time, you could do this while you work at your current job.

Knowing You Are Valuable at Any Age

Though at some point, you may simply want and need to stop climbing the corporate ladder, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on a dream. There are countless examples throughout history of people who never achieved what they wanted in their youth and went on to fulfill a career dream later in life. Honestly, women who have raised families and gained unmeasurable experience in life are among the most valuable people on the planet, no matter how old they are. Know that these skills are needed in many industries such as healthcare, education, and charitable organizations. Basically, you could make a shift gradually or fulfill your dream by doing something part-time. 

Shifting Fear of Failure 

Doing anything new can leave us vulnerable to making mistakes and even failure. Unfortunately, this can kill a dream of making a career move. I am all for minimizing risk in life, but, sometimes, we can’t escape it completely. There is a saying that I have always tried to remember. It says: “Nothing in life worth having comes easily.” That means we have to take risks and work for what we want. And, yes, failure may come, but staying there is up to us. One of the best ways to shift fear of failure is to focus on your reasons for wanting change. What good things it can bring and what it can do for you in terms of fulfillment. 

Understanding What You Want

Though they have an unsettled feeling about their job/career, many women don’t really know what would make them happy. Or, perhaps, they are afraid to admit what they’ve wanted for years. This is an indication that some soul-searching is in order. Think about what makes you smile naturally and feel overwhelming joy. Maybe it’s nature, animals, children, art, or giving. This exercise can be significant in choosing a career path. You may not have to think too far outside of what you’re already doing. For example, if you’re an accountant but want to work with animals, perhaps, you could shift your expertise in numbers to working for an animal foundation or zoo. You get the idea.

If you want to find the perfect career, it’s important to remember that each decision you make builds experience and knowledge, so nothing is wasted. You may worry that you are going down the wrong path, but if you are supremely focused on your goal, you will make progress toward a happier and more fulfilling life and career. 

 

About Madeline

Madeline is a mid-west mom of three who spends most of her time refilling ice trays and changing toilet paper...just kidding. She is a high school guidance counselor, all around funny gal, and a writer. Her first book, Be Happy Already!", is in the works.

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