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Column: CEO of your career - Overcoming fear of transition

2023-03-13  Correspondent

Column: CEO of your career - Overcoming fear of transition

Ipupa Fadeyi

As you embark on your career transition journey, it is natural to feel some level of fear and uncertainty. However, it is essential to acknowledge that fear and learn how to overcome it to achieve your career goals. Fear can be a powerful emotion that can either hold you back or propel you forward.

Transitioning to a new career is a process, and it is important to be patient with yourself, as it may take time to find the right fit. Therefore, to overcome career transitioning fear, the first step is to define your career goals and identify the reasons for the change. Understanding your motivations for transitioning to a new career can help you focus on the positive outcomes and keep you motivated throughout the process.

Next, you need to develop a clear plan of action. A well-thought-out plan can help you feel more in control and less overwhelmed. Consider creating a timeline, outlining the steps you need to take and setting realistic goals for each stage of your transition. This plan should include details such as your target industry, skills required and networking opportunities.

Once you have a plan in place, you need to take action. Start by seeking out resources to help you acquire the necessary skills and knowledge for your new career. Consider upskilling, furthering your studies, attending workshops and networking with professionals in your target industry. The more you learn, the more confident you will feel in your ability to succeed.

Networking is a crucial aspect of any career transition, and it can help you overcome fear by connecting you with others who have successfully navigated similar transitions. Reach out to a mentor, friends, colleagues and industry professionals for advice, guidance and referrals. Building a support system can help you feel more confident and less alone in your transition journey.

It is also essential to manage your mindset and stay positive throughout the process. Whenever you feel fear creeping in, remind yourself of your goals, and focus on the progress you have made. Remember that setbacks and obstacles are part of the journey, and they provide an opportunity for growth and learning.

Stay persistent and resilient. Rome was not built in a day, and neither is a successful career transition. It takes time, effort and dedication to achieve your career goals – but if you stay persistent and focused, you can overcome any fear and achieve success in your new career.

As CEO of your career, always keep in mind that overcoming career-transitioning fear requires a combination of planning, action, networking, mindset management and persistence. In following these steps, you can conquer your fear and achieve your career goals. 

Fear can either hold you back or propel you forward, so choose to use it as a motivator for your success. 

It is never too late to become the person you secretly aspire to be.

*Ipupa Fadeyi is the Founder of IpupaK Grow You Mentorship. She assists young professionals and graduates to attain a career path aligned to their purpose to derive meaning and be the leaders they aspire to become.

2023-03-13  Correspondent

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