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HBR Guide to Changing Your Career

Publishing Year: 2013
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There may come times in your career when you realise that the work you are doing is not where you want to be. You might have another hobby that you wish to embark on, or you have exhausted challenges given to you by your current occupation. These feelings make you consider changing your career. But embarking on an entirely new career has its own scepticism. Has all the time invested by you been a waste? If we discontinue your current occupation and go on another journey, would you be able to successfully establish yourself again? This insight will take you through sections that talk about what aspects need to be kept in mind while changing or thinking about changing a career.

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Lesson 1. Realize that this job has now become boring.

After you have been in a workplace for some time, you start feeling stagnant inside. Everything seems to be so repetitive that it almost stops being fun. Nothing motivates you to get back to working the way you used to, when you had first joined the office. Whatever your strengths are, you slowly stop using them. You feel as if you are holding yourself back from working for this firm. You have time and energy to expend but you do not seem to be interested in investing it in your job. Your brain sends you constant reminders that you need to get up and go to work, but your body fails to listen to it. 

After one point, you are not working because you like it, but you are dragging yourself to your workplace. Every task becomes a burden, every order from the boss makes you cranky, and every minute spent on the workplace feels like hours. Everyday you go to sleep thinking, “Oh my god, I have to work again tomorrow.” Every morning you wake up sighing, “Jeez, I have to get to work in some time”. These are all signals that you have lost interest in this job of yours. The reception of such feelings also happens in a very strange manner. You never think that the job has become boring, rather you think that you have lost the spirit to work. You must realize that it is not you who has lost the spirit to work, but it is the work that has become repetitive and redundant in enhancing your creativity. This realization doesn’t come that fast. It takes time for you to figure things out, and come to the conclusion that, “Oh, I might have become uninterested in my job”. After this realization strikes you, you need to understand that it is completely natural to feel this way. You can’t eat the same food for the rest of your life in a positive mind, and so can’t you work the same job forever in a positive mind. 

Whenever such feelings hit you, you might turn into a spiral of self blame. This deteriorates your desire to work further and at one point, you break apart. This is something that you have to prevent. You need to sit down in a comfortable place and think for a while

  • Have I become uninterested in my job? Yes. It has been so long after all.
  • Does it mean that I have to start my career anew? Maybe or maybe not.

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  • Lesson 1. Realize that this job has now become boring.
  • Lesson 2. Why does this happen?
  • Lesson 3. Give yourself time, and think about it. 
  • Lesson 4. How do you disconnect from the previous job?
  • Lesson 5. Jumping to a new career
  • Lesson 6. How to change your career without changing jobs?
  • Lesson 7. How to approach your new workplace
  • Lesson 8. What do you need to know about the new career you are moving to?
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In the summary of HBR Guide to Changing Your Career book, there are 8 key lessons. These lessons include:

  1. Lesson 1. Realize that this job has now become boring.
  2. Lesson 2. Why does this happen?
  3. Lesson 3. Give yourself time, and think about it. 
  4. Lesson 4. How do you disconnect from the previous job?
  5. Lesson 5. Jumping to a new career
  6. Lesson 6. How to change your career without changing jobs?
  7. Lesson 7. How to approach your new workplace
  8. Lesson 8. What do you need to know about the new career you are moving to?

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