The importance of friends and focus during career transitions

Networking, I must admit, can be exhausting. However, I derive a lot of value from it because attending networking events during the last year has really opened my eyes to the options available to me as I make the transition from scientist to writer. On top of that, I’ve met some really great people who do amazing work.

The problem I have now is that almost everything seems like an interesting and viable opportunity, and I am still unable to commit to a particular career niche in writing.

Remember that friends are in your network, too.

The other day I met with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while, and I told her my dilemma. What a breath of fresh air it was to share my story with her, and hear her own story about navigating through the career change landscape.

Even though I am no closer to deciding where I should focus my efforts, I came away feeling re-energized, and ready to keep plugging away.

Lesson (re-)learned: As an old saying goes, “Make new friends but keep the old. Some are silver, some are gold.”

Beware: lack of focus is exhausting.

One thing that became very apparent when I met with my friend was that having a focus when changing careers is beneficial.

She, too, is in the midst of moving onto a different career. But unlike me, she always had a sense of the direction she would like to go. As a result, she has been able to focus her networking efforts on progressing further into her new chosen career niche, whereas my attention has been divided between the different options I want to explore.

Should I just pick something and focus on moving forward faster? Perhaps. But I know I’ll eventually get to that point anyway, and right now I’m still happy to keep exploring.

If you’re like me and you’re still in the non-committal, keep-your-options-open phase of your career change, just be prepared that doing so can be exhausting.

In the meantime, thank goodness for friends to lean on! займ на карту сбербанка срочномонеза займ личный кабинетзайм на киви кошелек круглосуточно

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