How to Handle Challenges Faced Due to Career Change


Taking a new career is not an easy walk. Whatever has tempted you to take the step, be ready to face challenges. As you will be treading on a new path, you have to consider turns, curves, and bumps that are on the way. Moreover, changing a career will send you back by many years. You may also find no takers for your skills and experience. You will find yourself at a crossroad from where success will seem far away. As you are turning over a new leaf, you have to do everything from scratch. Right from drafting your resume to marketing yourself and finding employment, you will be all alone. Though you will be eager to prove yourself, convincing hiring authorities for one chance will be like cutting a road through a mountain. And even when you are given a green signal by the employer, several challenges will be craning their neck that will bewilder you and make you regret on your decision. Here are some of the challenges you will face during a career change and how to handle them.

Low income

When taking a new career, the first difference you will notice is a change in your income. Since your previous experience is not considered, and you are offered an entry-level position, your income will be highly impacted. And when your income is slashed by a good margin, you will find difficulties in meeting your needs. The only way to face this situation is to cut short with your personal needs. You can give up smoking, eating outside, watching movies, and spending on attire. Bear with it for a few months and prove yourself so that your new employer is forced to increase your salary.

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Competition

Since you are entering into a new field, you will face stiff competition from the younger generation. To match with their energy, knowledge, and skills, you will have to put in extra efforts. And when you are unable to do so, you will get frustrated and feel yourself lost. Your woes will further inflate when you hear them using jargon in verbal and written communication. As you are alien to these terms, you will begin thinking where the hell have you come. To face this challenge, you can start befriending young colleagues and learn their style. You can share your experience and try to learn from them. You can bring change in your lifestyle and enroll yourself in a gym to improve your  stamina and energy. Alternatively, you can also wait after office hours and learn on your own if you really want to make yourself suitable to the new working environment.
Competition


Distance and Time related issues

Since you are entering into a new field, you will face stiff competition from the younger generation. To match with their energy, knowledge, and skills, you will have to put in extra efforts. And when you are unable to do so, you will get frustrated and feel yourself lost. Your woes will further inflate when you hear them using jargon in verbal and written communication. As you are alien to these terms, you will begin thinking where the hell have you come. To face this challenge, you can start befriending young colleagues and learn their style. You can share your experience and try to learn from them. You can bring change in your lifestyle and enroll yourself in a gym to improve your  stamina and energy. Alternatively, you can also wait after office hours and learn on your own if you really want to make yourself suitable to the new working environment.

Distance and Time Related issue

Retraining

As the field is new to you, you have to be trained. Even the company understands this fact and will help you by providing training. However, learning new technology can be tedious for you. As you have already crossed the age where grasping new things was easy, you will need more time to learn than what the company expects from you. The only way to make yourself suitable for the job is by taking classes outside. You can also take help from experienced people within the company. Furthermore, you can utilize weekends and off-days for learning.
Retraining

Entry-level position

At an age where you must be leading a team or holding a managerial position, working at an entry-level position can be challenging for you. Not only your position, but also your paycheck will be far below by the young graduates starting out. Though your age and previous experience may demand respect, you will receive none at a new workplace. You may also have to report to younger boss and take orders from him or her. You can cope with such challenges thinking yourself as a fresh graduate. Don't bother yourself about your age or the position. Instead, enjoy the new work environment and take inspiration from the younger generation and everything around you.

Entry Level Position

Shifting from one field to another is never going to be easy. There are bound to be challenges you have to face. You may not even like the present working scenario since there could be many changes in the way you used to work during your younger days, and the present generations do nowadays. So, brace yourself to face the challenges and enjoy your new career.

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