Pivoting Your Career
Lovelies, if you are considering changing your career, but the stories about making this transition are holding you back – please read on…
Several times a week I speak to women who wants to pivot their careers. They share their plans, we both get excited, and then they invariably give me a variation of: “But if I transition from [field X] into [field Y], I will have to take a pay cut, right?” or worse “I’ll have to start at the very bottom!”
Let me hold your beautiful face in my hands and ask you:
for the love of all thing holy, why oh why would you have to start over or accept a lower salary than you’re currently on?
Why do employers and (future) employees alike think that when you go into a new industry, suddenly you let go of ALL the experience you’ve gained so far? Why would you suddenly be at an equal footing with someone who has only just started working in general?
Have you not just spent YEARS learning a variety of transferable skills? Haven’t you learnt to communicate with a range of stakeholders? To collaborate with different people? To navigate the corporate world, to influence the right people, to make thins happen? To deal with whatever has come your way in your job?
And please don’t gave me the special snowflake excuse of “But THIS particular position requires very specific knowledge and expertise!” Sure, there’s a number of roles where you actually need in-depth knowledge on a certain topic. But the vast majority of positions – listen to me here!
DO NOT REQUIRE SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE OR EXPERTISE THAT ACTUALLY NECESSITATE YOU STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN.
In fact, I’d argue that you coming in from a different background actually helps you kick ass in this new field. You see things with different eyes, you bring a different angle, you have experience that adds to the depth of your understanding of this new gig.
How I know this to be true is through my clients. My WINners often make drastic career changes whilst working with me – industry-wise, type of organisation-wise, type of role-wise. Sometimes all of the above at once! And often whilst getting to a higher level and increasing their pay-check to boot. They manage to do so because they have come to see that they need not accept anything less – this mindset shift is where success starts!
So being paid less or even starting at the bottom just because you are starting in a different field? Don’t buy into the myth, ladies.
It’s a fallacy.
If you want help to communicate your potential and your worth, whether it is in your current job or in a new field, my program might be able to help you (if it’s not, we’ll tell you too!). Let’s jump on a call to see if there’s a fit.
Book a call with my team for a free coaching session and let’s see what we can do for you!