Whether you need a shoulder to cry on, or a helping hand, your friends and family will generally always want what is best for you. And when it comes to changing careers, they can also be a great source of information, advice and motivation. In fact, they may have figured out you need a change in your career before you did.
Here are three reasons why talking to your family can help your career:
- They know you
After all these years your family and friends know you better than anyone. So, use them as a sounding board to talk about your ideas. They’ll have a good understanding of what you’re passionate about and may help you unlock some new options you hadn’t considered.
- They’re a resource
Your family and friends are the closest and likely most invested network you have and they may be more connected than you realise. You can ask them to reach out to their network for you. Who knows, it could lead to an introduction that could set you on your new career path, or at the very least a conversation with someone that has done it all before.
- They’ll keep you motivated
Your family and friends will be there to talk out any fears you may have about money, time, or stability. They’re also likely keep you motivated through the highs and lows.
Three questions you should ask your family and friends if you’re feeling stuck and unsure of what to do next:
SEEK’s Resident Psychologist, Sabina Read is a big advocate for having genuine and open conversations with family and friends about your career. “Often the people we spend the most time with who know us best, they can help us identify things about ourselves that we’re not aware of,” says Read.
Sabina recommends asking the below three questions to close family and friends and ensure that you are listening with open ears to what they have to say.
- What do I do well?
- When do you see me at my best?
- When do you think I’m most energised?
Our inner voice can often be the most critical and the loudest, so it’s important to seek out other ideas and perspectives, you never know what these conversations might uncover.