Career reorientation and a new beginning: Get off the dead horse!

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Which profession suits me is a frequently searched term in Google. Many people are looking for a job that fulfills them. Because in reality it is more difficult to implement this, we show you here why new beginnings often fail and what they can actually do to make it work - even for a fresh start from 50. Career reorientation and a new beginning: Get off the dead horse!

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Learning from the Fairy Tale

Our expert for professional reorientation is Tom Diesbrock. In his post about self-efficacy he says: “Princes in fairy tales are more likely to be directors who actively take their lives into their own hands. Many others are more like extras who passively wait for something to change. "

He makes it clear what a career new start is all about: that you take your life into your own hands and actively pursue your goals instead of simply hoping for impulses from outside.

Do you believe in fairy tales?

But why don't more people do it? Diesbrock has the reasons for this in a series of articles Best of HR –® with the title "10 Reasons to ride a dead horse”Listed. One can see how absurd and pretended some reasons are.

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Many people prefer to stay like Sleeping Beauty in the fairy tale castle and hair on the saving prince who cuts through the thorn hedge than to become active themselves. But honestly, do you believe in fairy tales? Just!

Social factors

But it is not only the pig's own inner guilt for the misery, but also the social environment and the mentality can successfully lead a willing professional translator successfully from his project.

Incidentally, a thesis that Robindro Ullah vigorously contradicted in his blog post in response to my publication of a text on the subject at RP-ONLINE:

Pig dog or environment?

However, I do not quite agree with the contribution. I have not yet had the experiences that Simone Janson describes in our group ... It may be that it looks different in other companies, but actually I thought I would work in a conservative shop ...

Then I ask myself smoothly: What does it look like in reality? When, for example, I apply for a degree in the humanities of the Deutsche Bahn? Because as a rule it is not really easy. However, one must also say that some people simply have little desire for something new!

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Dear dissatisfied advancing than translating!

This is what the majority of Germans also look like: In a survey among employees, the consulting company Gallup 2010 found out: Good 66 percent of Germans do duty according to regulations and count the hours to holidays and holidays.

And even 23 percent has quit internally. Fully motivated, whole 11 percent are still working. But why do these workers have no consequences? Why do not you just dare to switch jobs?

Professional new start from 50

Even in the allegedly difficult age from 50, a fresh start is still possible and sometimes even easier than with 30 or 40 - because the family obligations no longer exist.

However, job seekers have to outbid with other pounds than young converts and play their professional experience on the job market. Then, according to the unanimous opinion of various experts, they have a good chance of finding a new job.

Best of HR –®-Author Katharina Daniels shows in her two-part series very beautiful, such as one Restart in the food center succeed.

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There are successful cross-borderers

In fact, there are many examples of successful career changers. For example, the former ÖTV chairwoman and later chancellor adviser Monika Wulf-Mathies began her career as a historian and came as a newcomer to politics and business. From 2009 she was manager at Deutsche Post DHL and has been a consultant to the board since 2009. Today she says about her career: “You need commitment and hard work, willingness to perform, pleasure in work, determination and persistence, willingness to take risks, a healthy self-confidence, assertiveness and willingness to make decisions, and not to forget: happiness!”

Many of the others have managed to go into unusual ways: the political scientist Johannes Lenz, for example, came to the communications department of an advertising agency, the historian Stephan Zeilinger became a lawyer in a law firm and the mathematician Robindro Ullah put it into the personnel department of the Germans Train.

Newcomers are laughed at

This shows: crossings are anything but rare. Nevertheless, people who continue to do something different after their education are still considered exotic and have a correspondingly hard time.

They are ridiculed by straight-line careerists, suspected of being a former colleague, and not taken quite seriously by so many people. Already at the Casting they have to be better than the others, and they will have to prove themselves again in the professional life.

The ideal is straight!

Reason for the suspicion: Still in Germany a schnurgerader cv is considered the ideal. You do a vocational training or take a university degree to a certain profession - and you then practice it all your life. Whoever deviates from this ideal must be bad in his job - or he is simply an unreliable employee.

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The reason: Personals like to remain on the safe side - because if the decision afterwards turns out to be wrong, they could easily come into explanation. However, companies have to rethink their thinking: new tasks and occupational imagery are now partly faster than technological development. This also requires greater flexibility and willingness for lifelong learning.

Courage to reorientate

Tom Diesbrock continues with his conception and advice: Tomorrow's brain is designed in such a way that we like to hold on to the familiar and tried-and-tested, but we are afraid of something new.

Therefore, we prefer to keep a safe job than to try something new. People who enter precisely this risk are therefore more committed and courageous.

Professional reorientation in 3 steps

In another Article series shows Diesbrock, who himself has stopped studying medicine and now works as a coach, how to approach the professional reorientation purposefully and in a planned way and what this has to do with the digital transformation.

And it gives courage to anyone who wants to start all over again: “Today the brain is seen as lifelong capable of learning. If you decide to study Japanese at 70, you have the hardware to do it. ”

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  2. Reinhard

    Believe that the text will give lots of courage. Think that a lot of people would already like to do a new job. But the uncertainty keeps them in the old job. Even if he has long since failed to fulfill. Especially the profession should at least be carried out with enthusiasm. There are usually 1500-2000 hours per year that want to be lived. I wish all those who feel that a change is a lot of passion and courage.

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Reinhard,
      thank you for the nice comment. We are happy when we can encourage people. I see it in a similar way to you: the fear is great. Especially if, for example, there are mortgages on the house and a family has to be looked after - all factors that make a change difficult.

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