The 7 Hidden Hurdles to Career Transition

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Are unseen forces limiting your success?

As a career transition coach, I am confronted with many different career change scenarios:

  • College grads who have never had to work and are unsure how to go about making a living in a tight job market
  • Education professionals like teachers, who may find themselves unexpectedly  out of the only job they’ve ever known their whole life
  • Long time loyal employees who have plateaued in their careers and need to make a change to avoid burnout.

While there are numerous reasons and thousands of scenarios like these, there often exists, what I call the “hidden hurdles.”

These hurdles are not immediately apparent, but they are powerful factors that operate in the background, limiting a successful career transition.

Let’s take a look at these now. Many of these actually overlap, because they spring from one place.

Are one of these 7 hurdles preventing your success?

  1. Procrastination –  putting off ACTION towards things you want to do
    • Do you wish for something, but never “go for it?”
    • Do you continually find excuses to not get around to it?
    • Do you use the “I’m too busy” excuse to avoid doing it?
    • Do you have a vague avoidance of an end result?
  1. Perfectionism – your standards are so high, you’re not able to complete as much as you need to
    • Do you say “aw, I’m not good enough/smart enough/experienced enough to do that?”
    • “I’ve been working on this for a year, but I’m still not ready”
    • “I can’t do this, until I’ve done ________ first”
  1. Get bored easily – once the excitement wears off, you’re ready to move on to a new project
    • I’m tired of that already
    • “I tried that, it didn’t work”
  1. Overwhelmed – sometimes a new undertaking can be scary or complex, and you can get confused on how to approach it
    • “I don’t know WHERE to start!”
    • It’ll never work, there’s too much ______________ involved
  1. Fear of being different or original – you may be used to always “going with the flow” and may now need to go your own path
    • Are you afraid of what others will say?
    • Are you worried about being the first one to try something?
    • Are you scared you might not be up to the task?
  1. Defeatist or not motivated – been beat down or negative about something you want to do
    • Are you thinking “oh, I’ll never be able to pull this off”
    • “they’ll never hire me, I’m too_____”
    • “Forget that, last time I tried that, it was a disaster”
  1. Fear of change – this is the BIG ONE that overlaps all others
    •  the fear that you may fail – or even succeed – when attempting something new

You can see why I call these hidden hurdles: they operate on a subconscious level.

Your subconscious is just protecting you

There are some of the first things I look for when someone can’t seem to grasp their career path or can’t put a finger on what the obstacle is that is preventing them from action.

Until you realize you have one of these hidden hurdles – and face them squarely – you may be crippled from taking effective action.

Your subconscious mind is powerfully programmed to protect you. It wants you to do what you’ve always done, it may resist you making a change – even a good change – and try to hold on to your old ways.

If you have been frustrated in your job search, in your career change or making the step to a new career, think about what reasons you have been telling yourself for not succeeding.

Take a look at the examples I give under each one of the hidden hurdles above to discover if any of these hidden hurdles are your stumbling block.

Then, if you need assistance, let’s face them squarely together.

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