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I switched jobs and it was the best decision of my life.

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I switched jobs and it was the best decision of my life.

How do I cope with entering a job and finding out that it is not suitable for me? How long before it is acceptable to switch jobs? Will jumping around different industries affect my employability in the job market? Believe me, we have all thought about these questions before in our early career journeys and never found the right answers for them. Today, we’re going to quell your anxiety (thank god!) and share with you a PERSONAL experience from one of our coaches, Michelle who found fulfillment in her career after switching to a new industry! 
 
Changing your career can seem like a daunting feat but staying in a job you absolutely despise could be even worse. Here’s how Michelle began her career switch: 

1. Why did I choose to make a career switch?

I could not envision myself as a data scientist many years down the road. It was more of a rational decision that I begin my career as a data analyst. After 2 years, I was no longer content with just doing the job. I wanted to do something that made me feel like I was willing to put in extra time and effort outside of the so called ‘working hours’ to get the job done. That was when I begin exploring the various options I could take. Given my extroverted and social personality, I decided to transition into sales as I strongly believe that I could do it. 

2. What factors did you consider when making the career switch?

3 factors came into my mind:

  1. Longevity: Will the skills/industry be relevant in the future?
  2. Interest: Will I like what I will be doing?
  3. Fit: Will I be able to perform at the job?

3. After the career switch, did you feel satisfied/fulfilled?

Yes of course!  I am glad that I did. It was a 180-degree change in job scope between data analytics and sales/account management. However, I was also glad that I started off the way I did. Being in the backend position before exposed me to the train of thoughts from a differing role which I find it valuable too.

4. What advice would you give to university students who do not know what they want to do yet?

Try out different jobs. I believe that every role you do will help you realize your own strengths, weaknesses, and preference. This includes a role in a corporate or a café.

5. What’s something you would tell your 21-year-old self?

Be more confident and just do it!

6. What’s your motto in life?

There is always a way to get it done, you just need to figure out what you are willing to trade in return.

Statistics have long suggested that working professionals will have up to seven careers in their lifetime.   Realizing that your job is not giving you as much fulfillment and happiness, as you expected it to be, can be disappointing. Rather than accept a role less than your worth, start searching for new jobs and research their roles. It’s time to do what makes YOU happy and go where YOU are appreciated. Our Coach, Michelle, is just one of many people who have successfully switched careers and found themselves in a better and brighter position! Your university degree or internship does not dictate what you have to do in the future, but instead is avenue for further career exploration. So don’t be afraid, and as always, if you need any more career help, Kinobi is always here for you. Get hired with us today! 

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