Thinking of changing your career as you are bored with your current job but do not know what you want to do?
No worries. Most people who are bored with their jobs feel lost. It is rather common to find people who do not know where their passion lies. In fact, there are just a handful of people who are lucky enough to know what they want to do for the rest of their life.
Evolved from a Fraud Specialist to a travel and lifestyle writer. From being a corporate top dog to being a nobody in the freelance world. Still carving my path into becoming a top-notch writer at the age of 26. I have personally made a 180-degree change to my career.
Here are 3 things that I found out on my journey of changing my career. I genuinely wish that I knew all 3 of these things before I changed my career.
Passion drives the world around
Passion is one thing that most people lack in life. A serious passion I meant.
If you lack that serious passion in life, do some soul searching. Question yourself what is the things that you really enjoy doing. Sit back, relax and think deeply.
Come up with a list of things that you enjoy doing. Do not just specify this list for any industry. Just be honest with what you like doing most in life.
Can you imagine yourself being a writer for life? Web-developer? UX Designer? Or, maybe, a cafe owner? Imagine what you want to do for a living out of passion.
Don’t let yourself be the biggest block to the change you want to be.
Don’t just think, act it out
There is no 100% in figuring the right answers. This article is not meant to guarantee you that you will find your path just by reading. If it was that easy to figure things out, I would not have waited until 26 to know who I wanted to be.
Answers are not there for you to stumble upon. It is a journey of self-learning. You can be highly-intelligent and has read every other advice about a career change but is still lost. That is fine.
Some people may never get the clarity to finding the right answers. It takes patience and lots of trials and errors.
For example, I did not know how I could change my career from being a financial fraud specialist into being a freelance writer.
What I did was to start with the lowest pay as a freelancer. I went on Upwork to apply for some writing jobs. My starting pay was as low as 5 USD an hour. That was by the way 6-times lesser than my corporate job. That’s cool. I am just going to try it out and see if it will work in time.
I most definitely swallowed my pride and stop having unrealistic expectations. Two-months into writing and I have earned 4 times my initial pay now. I am pretty sure that I am one of the few lucky ones. So, if you are not where you hope you will be, be patient. You will reap what you sow in time.
Find mentors and take courses
Changing careers is difficult especially when you intend to go for a 180-degree change. Again, swallow your pride and ask for help. Never do it alone when you are clueless about what you are going into.
Udemy is my new favourite place to take online courses at affordable prices. Be willing to part with some money to improve yourself in the field that you would like to join. The more knowledge you have, the better your starting pay will be.
If you are uncertain about the quality of online courses, go to a well-known university and sign up for a course there. There are so many resources on the internet these days that you can read the reviews of each course and its providers. Always be sure to do your due diligence before signing up for any course. You don’t want to end up learning the wrong things from paying the wrong people to teach you.
Look for people who are already in the field. You may not know one now, but maybe your friend does. Ask for help and introduction. You may be surprised at how helpful strangers can be as long as you are genuine with your request.
For example, I have once emailed a blogger that I truly admire to ask for advice on being a travel writer. He replied and gave me more than just pieces of advice. He motivated me to get into the line of business.
Another person that I am truly grateful for is Karyn Stecyk. I met Karyn at one of the self-defence seminars that I organized in Chiang Mai in collaboration with Core Combat Chiang Mai. We hit it off quickly and I later found out that Karyn is a well-experienced journal editor. She heard about my struggle with writing and offered to help me out. I see her as not just as my friend today, but also as my mentor.
Look for people first. Then, for a job. You will never know what insights you will find from others.
My personal experience
I love being a Fraud specialist but after 4 years of working in one of Forbes Top 100 companies, I still felt unfulfilled. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoyed catching fraudsters and preventing fraud. Often times, I do get the Aha! feeling when I solve a fraud case. However, there was still something lacking in that interest.
Outside of my core task, I was the Head of Columnists for my region’s fraud prevention newsletter. It was taxing, yet it was fulfilling. To think about it, I am grateful that I managed to cultivate some writing experience in my previous job.
One fine day, I woke up and asked myself what do I want to be. I remembered my childhood ambition. I used to want to be a lawyer, a motor racer, a photographer, a kung fu master and a writer.
Days went passed and months came. The picture became clearer than ever for me. The only passion that I have never stop pursuing is writing. I have had many ambitions in life but there were only 3 things that I have not taken a break from ever were martial arts, writing, and travelling.
As I said before, I knew I am not the greatest writers of all time. Heck. My writing skills are not even on par with my secondary school self. Thus, I have asked for help from my friends who are experienced to mentor me and sign up for online writing courses in the last few months.
So, here I am. A freelance writer aka digital nomad who is always on the go and a self-defence coach. I have found my passion and my life-long career at 26.