In the latest episode of “Hard work-ah with Pete the Job Guy”, Pete interviews Nikos Westmoreland, Director of Business Development at Jimerson Birr and they center their conversation around the idea of change, particularly in one’s career. Before sitting down with Nikos though, Pete gives 3 tips to consider when thinking of a change. The first is to evaluate your reasons and why you are considering leaving. Ask yourself: are you running away from something? Get to the core of why it is you want to leave your current role. The second is to establish what it is that you are looking for and define the criteria. Is it the company culture, a new industry, the healthcare benefits, increased salary, or tuition reimbursement? Define what it is for you and what you really want. The third is to fully understand the job and the company. Find out what a day in the life of the job looks like. Know the ins and outs of the company from their mission statement and company culture to their financials and stability. Pete’s final advice is that if you always stay in your comfort zone you will not grow. Fear, uncertainty and discomfort are your compasses toward growth.
As mentioned above, Nikos is the Director of Business Development at Jimerson Birr and is new to the law field and company. Being that he is new to this industry and company, he knows first-hand what it’s like to make a pivot in one’s career and embark on a new adventure. Below he offers tips and advice for others wanting to change paths in their career.
Perspective on Value of Personal Growth
As we mature in any position, the value we place on certain factors changes over time. At different points in our career, money or rank are the most important factors and at other times quality of life and a good work-life balance are more important. Nikos has found that for himself he is the happiest when he is achieving the most and that more positive things come his way when he is in that zone. We spend so much of our waking life at work so it important to do what inspires and drives you and if you need to step outside your comfort zone to get to that new step in your career, reconcile with your doubt and focus instead on what you can become.
Getting Past Doubt
You are the master of your thoughts so you can decide what thoughts you accept and what thoughts you push aside. If you have an “I can’t” mentality then you won’t. Reframe your thoughts to be supportive of your goals. While we are usually most comfortable with where we are, push past the doubts and fears that are holding you back and focus instead about what you do know. For instance, certain experiences you currently have can apply to your new career so focus on those transferable skills.
Advice to Help Through Change
If the reason you’re not making a change is because of uncertainty or fear, it’s important to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Being new in an industry can be a good thing – you are hungry and invigorated and can view things through a fresh perspective. While there can be fear, on the flip side it can be really exciting to embark on a new career. Focus on the positives.
Advice for Younger Self
Nikos advice to his younger self is simple: Slow Down. While he wouldn’t change anything in his past, he does believe he missed out on moments in life in his constant quest to advance his career. Enjoy the ride you are on instead of constantly thinking about what the next step will be. While career growth and advancement are important, also don’t miss out on the sweet everyday moments.