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How to manage your career during massive change?

This is my response to this week’s question I have selected from the ‘Ask Fidelma’ questions submitted through my website. Enjoy.

Question:

How can I manage change in my career when there is massive change in the structure of the organisation and hold on to my values and what is important to me i.e self belief and self confidence?

Response:

Thank you for your question to my ‘Ask Fidelma’, no cost program. It can be an unsettling time during times of massive change in an organisation where you may feel fear of the unknown or threatened in your position. Sometimes the changes may affect your roles, responsibilities and how things are done. We need to allow whatever feelings come in reaction to the change whether it is anger, sadness, confusion or frustration and be with the feeling without judgement. My biggest lesson was that I wasn’t my feelings and that if I resisted the feeling – it would persist. It is about feeling it in the present moment and letting it go.

This reminds me of the little book ‘Who moved my Cheese’ by Dr Spencer Johnson – you can either move with the cheese or be like ‘Hem’ who denies or resists change as he fears it will lead to something worse. Or you could be like ‘Haw’ who learns to adapt in time when he sees changing can lead to something better. I read the book again recently and had a laugh to myself as I could see myself more clearly now and how I resisted change at different times in my career.

It may be an uncomfortable time and sometimes that can be good. It can be a signal that there is an opportunity to grow. Look at all your options, talk and discuss the changes with your manager. Trust that you will manage the changes in your career and believe there is an opportunity lurking here that you haven’t seen yet.

Stay true to yourself and remember it is your career!

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