Are you stuck in a rut at work? Bored? Feel like you’re on a career train to nowhere? Need a change?
If you answered yes to any of the above, you’re not unlike many professionals I come across in my work. People get busy with the routine of their jobs and sometimes wake up years later and wonder what happened to the time, realizing they’ve been going through the motions without enjoying what they’ve been doing. Other times, people stick with a profession they are not passionate about because it is just the path of least resistance. It’s hard to choose change, and it’s even harder to bring about change.
Recently, I mentored someone through the SMU Digital Accelerator program – let’s call him John – who was very successful in choosing to rebrand himself and change both industry and function. John was with a large IT staffing and consulting company for a long time, and had taken a role in IT infrastructure project management to gain broader management experience and increase his promotability. John realized one day that he really wanted to get back to his early-career roots of UX and to a role where digital transformation was important, but his company had him locked on another career path. Through soul searching, self-assessment, and self-reflection, John knew he needed to make a change. He successfully rebranded himself, focusing on his core strengths and interests, and he landed his dream job with a large financial services company doing exactly what he wanted to do: delight customers with an incredible user experience.