A year ago, I resigned from my Strategy/Bus Dev role in Oil & Gas.
I just had a baby, and my goal was to redesign my life with more intention.
I didn’t want to have to physically go into an office every single day or have to dash out and commute through Lagos traffic. I just wanted to watch my baby grow and have my body heal from the amazing miracle of pregnancy and childbirth.
I also wanted to do work that mattered, where I could clearly see measurable growth and impact. At the time, my work was no longer appreciated and it felt like I was doing task related activities not result driven activities, so I resigned (with nothing in sight).
In 3 weeks, I got an offer for a non-technical role in a tech startup, which I absolutely love.
Here are my 3 killer tips for transitioning careers successfully:
1. Know your Why, i.e. your “ideal” end goal
To switch to a career path you like/enjoy/want, it’s a no-brainer that you would need to be able to identify where you want to go. The question, Why do you want a change is a key question you’ve got to be able to answer. I believe very much in owning one’s journey, so a career transition should not be about what is “popular”, it should be what matters to you.
2. Identify your current skills and gaps (if any)
Take some time to conduct a skill self-assessment, think technical skills and soft skills. List out what you currently do well, and list out what you’ll need to learn, and figure out how to fill this gap to get you closer to your end goal.
It might take a month, 3 months, or 6 months. Don’t get overwhelmed about it, just try to follow through. Remember, do not be afraid of growing slowly, be afraid of standing still.
Whatever yours is, it might mean getting certified in a course or getting trained before you can make the switch. Embrace it and take action.
3. Take a chance on yourself
I got my current role by talking to a friend. It was a very basic chat. Yo! I’m looking for xyz and the rest is history. So overall, I’d say believe in yourself, put the word out. Closed mouths don’t get fed.
Don’t let the fear of the unknown keep you from enjoying new happiness instead of familiar misery.
Wish you all the best with transitioning!