How to Get in the Right Mindset for Career Change

From time to time, all professionals come across slumps that freeze the progress of their careers. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom who is nervous about returning to work, a person coming back from a long sick leave, a fresh graduate who is unemployed, or simply someone struggling to find their mojo at work, I can completely understand what you are going through at the moment. The one thing which I almost always advise all of my clients who are struggling to make positive changes in their careers, is to work on their mindsets. How you perceive this situation is far more important than your skills, experience, and PR in your industry. With the right kind of mindset, you’d be able to transform your career and climb up the ladder of success in no time!

In this article, I will share with you the 3 simple steps that you can take to change your mindset and make positive changes in your career. These are:

Start Questioning Your Negative Thoughts

Chances are that the main reason you are stuck in your career is that you allow negative thoughts to engulf your mind. “I’m not good enough/I don’t deserve the salary I get/I feel like I’m not worth anything/I don’t think I would be able to handle that promotion” – These are some of the thoughts that you MUST ban from your brain. And if they start haunting you at work, start questioning them. Think about all the things that you have accomplished so far. Have faith in your training and education. Beat negative thoughts with positivity!

Understand That Failure is a Part of Life

Coming across failures, be it getting rejected for a job, not being able to hit monthly targets, etc. can slow down the progress of welcoming positivity into your life. To tackle this challenge, you must understand that failure is a part of life. Even the most successful individuals have to face failure every now and then, so stop beating yourself over it.

Expect Good Things in Life

Last, but not the least, you must start expecting good things in life. Don’t be discouraged by the lack of progress. Understand that the seeds of efforts you are sowing today will make a huge impact sooner or later.

By keeping the 3 things mentioned above in mind (and acting accordingly), you’d be able to transform your mindset and ultimately, your career. Best of luck!

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Rediscovering Your Passion!

Remember the simpler times in school when we were asked what we wanted to be after growing up? The diversity of the answers was on a different level! Some of us wanted to be pilots, some wanted to become police officers, some wanted to be doctors, some painters, astronauts, firemen…and the list goes on. Many people are lucky and determined enough to transform their childhood dreams into full-time professions. However, others are not. Because of the ever-changing landscapes of the world, many of us were not able to follow our passions.

The good news is, it’s never too late to rediscover your true passion and start struggling for your dreams! Over the years, I have helped many people rediscover their dreams with my counselling, and it’s safe to say that most of them are doing extremely well for themselves. And more than anything, they are happy!

I can help you out as well. By following these easy tips, you can rediscover your passion:

Reevaluate Your Decisions

The first step that you must take is to reevaluate all of the professional decisions that you have taken so far in your life. Were they worth it? Did they result in happiness? Are you content with your life? If not, then it’s time to learn from your mistakes and think about the future!

Identify Your Passion

After having identified your mistakes, it’s now time to identify the very profession that you are after. Make a list of all the jobs that you picture yourself doing. Do you want to become a chef? Or do you see yourself working as a business analyst? Identify whatever it is you are REALLY passionate about.

Make a Game-Plan

Once you have identified your dream profession, it’s now time to make a game-plan. Devise a strategy, and determine the steps that you’d have to take in order to achieve your dreams.

At the end of the day, it boils down to what you really want. It’s great to chase your dreams and work towards your passion, but it isn’t always such a great idea. So, think a hundred times before you make any big decision, and stick with it!

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Salary Negotiations!

The job search process is a wild roller coaster of intense emotions that can leave you feeling drained. Salary negotiation is perhaps the scariest part of the process!

A lot of people have trouble when it comes to aligning their compensation with the current trend in the market and often make the mistake of neglecting market research and selling themselves short.

I’m going to share with you 3 crucial dos and don’ts of salary negotiation so that you don’t end up making the same mistakes


1. Do your homework.

A study conducted by Jacob Jolij and Maaike Meurs of the University of Groningen showed that music has the power to alter our perceptions of the world. This means that listening to happy, uplifting music can actually make you feel happy. So, blast away some uplifting beats in the morning as you get ready for an interview or listen to them on the way to your destination. Finally, remember to keep your chin up, no matter what! What’s the worst that could happen? You may get rejected but that’s not the end of the world.

So, stay confident and you’ll eventually land the job of your dreams in a reputable organisation!

2. Do wait for the perfect moment.

Don’t abruptly ask for the salary package in the first round of interviews. Avoid initiating the salary negotiations yourself and wait for the right moment. The key is to be patient and let the employer bring up the subject.

3. Do beat around the bush a little.

In case your (potential) future employer asks you about your current package and/or the exact figure you are expecting, avoid giving a straight answer. Instead, tell them that it depends on the exact nature of your responsibilities and the duties you will be expected to fulfil.


1. Don’t have unrealistic expectations.

It’s tempting to ask for a salary higher than what’s being offered in the market, but don’t ask for too much. Go to the interview with realistic expectations, present your demands, and take it from there

2. Don’t give in easily.

Employers deal with hundreds of candidates on a monthly basis. They know their way around an average person’s mind and are very convincing with their words. Don’t let their intimidating body language and big words overwhelm you. Maintain your stance and keep negotiating until the very end.

3. Don’t forget to be courteous.

It’s easy to let your emotions get the best of you during salary negotiations, but it can be quite catastrophic and you could even end up being rejected. Be courteous and maintain a soft tone and respectful manner while discussing your package.

In the end, remember to stay confident and keep your chin up no matter what. Prepare a strong argument and rehearse answers to expected questions. Remember, salary negotiation is not about winning or losing; its main purpose is to come to a middle ground that will keep both the employee and employer happy in the long run.

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Tapping into the Hidden Job Market

Selling yourself outside of “Seek”


Have you ever wondered how people get jobs that have not even been advertised on seek or anywhere else?

Or heard about a company “creating” a role for them?

It is called, the “hidden job market”….

Well this is how…..

They are marketing themselves to companies they want to work for OR know companies that may utilise their skills. They walk into the company itself and introduce themselves, hand in a physical resume and leave their contact details leaving a GREAT first impression.

I can tell you now, I know that when I was recruiting, if someone came into the office, took the initiative and met with me for 2 minutes, I would remember them, especially if they stood out!

Sometimes if a business knows they are busy and need more staff, but don’t have the time to create the role, write a job description or write an advert for seek, they will hire these people.

They often put the resume in a pile (yes but not as big as the seek pile) and will call them next time they have a need that sounded like you. It saves them time and money and it puts you at the top of the list!

So next time you are trying to think outside the box, think about the “hidden job market”. Confidence, a well-constructed Resume and some kicking butt is all that is required for this plan of attack!

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Self Care – Career Coaching

Do you make time for you?

If so how?

What I mean by this is… when was the last time you did something fun? When was the last time you slept in without an alarm or had some alone time reading a book or watching a movie?

If you can’t think of when this was, then you are not doing enough self-care. Without making YOU a priority, every other aspect of your life will suffer, and you will not be able to commit 100% into the change that you are seeking.

For many women seeking a career change or returning to the workforce, this is actually the biggest issue I see. Making YOU a priority and self-care an essential part of your day or week is critical in making time for you to be in the best mindset you can be. When we take care of how we feel and look – it radiates…career confidence is key!

So next time you see an opportunity to put self-care at the top of the list or a priority in that moment… DO IT!

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