If you’re unhappy in your job and also single, you may not think this is the best time to begin a career search or career transition. Maybe you’ve told yourself, “This isn’t a good time because it’s just me. There’s no one to lean on and offer support, financially or otherwise.”
I want you to know that this is not true. In many ways, there is no better time to work on your career than when you’re single.
I’m a certified career coach and I work with people like you who are in career transition and in need of guidance and support. There’s a special place in my heart for single career seekers. It wasn’t so long ago that I was single myself and experiencing the same exact fears and feelings as you are.
Even though it may not always seem this way, there is an enormous amount of help and support out there for singles wanting to make a career change. It’s a great time to learn, grow, and explore your many talents and personality traits. Here are 4 reasons why it rocks to be single and on the prowl for a fab new career!
1. You have more time to focus solely on your career search.
Being in a relationship requires time and commitment. You want to spend quality time with your partner. When you’re single, you have more time and energy to focus on your career search. And let’s be honest, more freedom to make any choice you want to in terms of the location or type of job you choose.
Partnered career seekers have more to consider when making a career change. So see your single status as a blessing because it is in many ways. You’re free, you’re available, and you’ve got all the time you need to discover the job of your dreams.
2. Career transition can teach you how to better manage your finances.
Sometimes when we make a change in our careers, our pocketbooks can feel the pinch. Maybe you’ve quit your “real job” in favor of a part-time position that can tide you over while you go back to school. Maybe you had to step down to an entry level position once you switched to a new industry where you had less experience.
The good news is, the money crunch is only temporary while you’re in career transition. You can work through it, and still manage to splurge on something you’d really enjoy every now and then. What’s more, being in career transition really teaches people how to be smart about money. It can help you identify and clarify your priorities in order to manage your money wisely.
3. You’ll learn a lot about yourself.
Career transition is one of those experiences where you can’t help but learn a lot about yourself. By engaging in a transition you are committing to stepping out of your comfort zone to make a change. You will learn what’s important to you, what obstacles hold you back and the enormous strength you have to go through this major change. Everybody proceeds on the path to self awareness at their own pace. If you feel like people are putting pressure on you to make a decision or get everything right, remember this. It’s your life. Only you will know when the right time is to start that new job, move to a new location or whatever you want to do.
4. Career networking is a great way to get out there and meet new people.
Networking in order to land that new job is about putting your most professional foot forward. But you never know, you may also meet some new friends in the process and expand your social circle. I’m not suggesting career networking is a way to meet a prospective partner, far from it. But networking is a great way to put yourself out there and overcome any fears you may have about meeting new people.
The great thing about career transition is that during the exploratory phase, you’ll become acquainted with parts of your personality that you may never even have known existed before. It’s a sure fire way to get closer to finding out what really will make you happy in life.