A Writer’s Adventure Pt. 28


When in transition from one career to the next, it’s important to keep your head above water. From experience, I’ll admit that allowing yourself to be victimized by circumstances is not, in any way, fruitful.

Of course it’s easier said than done, but my hope is to help you understand your mindset when attempting to change, whatever it is, you wish to change.

For example, the last couple of weeks were terrible for me. I hate negative talk, but let’s call a spade a spade. While I’m fulfilling my dreams, I’m looking for supplemental income to pay the bills.

Though I’ve been hired, yesterday was the two week anniversary of my interview. As I work on my patience, I used the time to apply for other part-time work to make money.

After thirty applications, I have an interview today. Persistence does pay off. I got up at five each morning, got on the job site and went after jobs that would suit my current situation.

Here, I think, is where people would get frustrated and that’s where the self-assurance comes in. It’s very important to keep your big goal in mind when searching for jobs.

At the same time, when your bank account is screaming to be fed, it’s hard to resist applying for every job your qualified for. The danger in this is that, if you don’t keep your mind on your goal and you focus on just getting money, then you’ll entrap yourself into a bad situation.

When your self-assured, you keep yourself in check. You rely on your self-confidence and knowing what you want to see yourself through.

For instance, you want to transition from fast food to the banking industry. Your resume is posted on a popular job board and other restaurants are looking are contacting you. What do you do when you hate where you work and the change seems so great, you’re willing to switch to a different company just to ease the pain.

The danger is that, eventually, the new restaurant job will be like the last restaurant job, then you stew in regret. If you’re going to be mad and disappointed, then it may make sense to stay where you are until you build the skills needed to transition to the next field.

At least then, you’ll gain more control over your destiny by not starting over with a new company, doing the same job. Transitioning is tough, but if you are proactive, you can make the transition successful, without many mishaps.

Being proactive means staying on top of your game. When you’re trying to transition, you take advantage of free training programs, you network with others in the industry to gain insight on what’s to come, so you can best prepare yourself for the long haul.

It can be done, but it’s done best, when you believe in yourself and what you’re doing. Lack of faith makes the road harder to travel.

What qualities do you have that make you a self-assured person?

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