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  • Writer's pictureAnjali Raj

3 Reasons Why People Struggle to Change Careers

"I wish I could do something completely different!"


That's a phrase I have heard often during my discovery calls with potential clients and during coaching sessions.


A lot of people want to change their careers but very few actually end up doing it. Many feel like they should but don't know where to start and sometimes, changing your career is not the answer.


The 3 most common reasons I have come across where people struggle are


1. You can't actually see yourself succeeding in the new path you want to take. Sounds weird but yes this does happen. If you hear yourself say "I need a change!" without being able to provide any detail to yourself or your coach as to what that change will look like, what success will look like, where you see yourself going and so on, then its important to work on that first even before throwing the towel in where you currently are.


2. You can't see it being financially viable. This is a serious concern for many, especially if you are in a high paid job that gives you the monetary security. Change is hard but you can plan for it. While sometimes it takes a trigger event to push you, changing careers need not always be an in-the-moment decision. You can work on getting financial security.


3. This is the big one! You are afraid of what your family, friends or colleagues will think of you. In my coaching sessions, this is usually the most difficult struggle. If you are a high achiever, in a well paid professional job, this is even harder. However, it's not the end of your dreams. It's about working on and understanding what this change will offer you and the people you care about. It's also about setting boundaries with people.


These 3 are not by any means the only issues, but these are the most common.


If you are looking to change your career path and are looking for support, drop me a message and let's talk.




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