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Don't Let Obstacles Stop Your Career Advancement

  • 17th Nov'22

Developing a career is a continuous, never-ending process. We are constantly evolving, learning, and growing. The journey is lengthy and fraught with difficulties. Understanding where you are now and where you want to go is all that is required. Then, all of the challenges you encounter along the way become a part of your journey toward learning. Overcoming obstacles in achieving career advancement is a must. The challenges you face in life are a given no matter where you are in your professional career. Accept them, welcome them, be clear about what you want, and take lessons from the challenges.


The following are some challenges you could encounter when overcoming obstacles in achieving career advancement:


1. Developing a new set of abilities


After spending years studying one set of skills, you can find yourself developing new abilities when changing careers. Even while it could seem like you're starting from scratch, some of your prior professional skills might still be useful. Even if your new employment is completely different from your previous one, soft skills like leadership, problem-solving, and communication can be useful in a variety of fields.


Talking about the overall benefits of having a varied range of skills may also help you market yourself. Some companies might be impressed by the breadth of your experience and the thoroughness of your work. For instance, if you've been a software engineer and want to transition to music production, your technological aptitude, capacity for logical thought, and ability to operate autonomously could set you apart from other applicants.


2. Research Paralysis


This has got to be my favorite as I used to have the ailment and suffer from it often! Some of us have a tendency to become paralyzed in our attempts to mentally map out every action from now until retirement. We never feel like we have enough information to make a decision, let alone feel confident enough to act because each step is accompanied by imagined disasters, a lack of accurate information, and frequent fear. Argh! The good news is that this strategy doesn't work. You will finally allow yourself to move forward step by step once you recognize that it is impossible to plan your full career change in advance. What is the next action you know you must take to advance? Think about that. And have faith that as soon as you take that first step, you'll be able to see the next one, and the next one, and so on, until you arrive at your objective.


3. Be prepared for rejections and disappointments


You will apply for a lot of jobs and promotions while advancing your career. When the "ideal" role is advertised, you put your heart and soul into applying for it because you are enthusiastic, hardworking, and go above and beyond. Expect that not every position you apply for will be filled, that not every chance you want will be presented to you, and that you will experience disappointment along the way.


The issue isn't whether you'll encounter rejection or disappointment along the path. Will you respond to them or react to them will be the question. How will you handle these setbacks, and how long will it take you to get back up and refocus on your objective?


Recognize this, anyone who has ever accomplished anything noteworthy has encountered setbacks and disappointments. Their long-term success was decided by how they handled them. Are you going to let your failures define you? Will you overcome them, gain knowledge from them, and permit yourself to grow as a result of them? It is always your decision.


4. Lack of mentors and role models


Some of us are fortunate enough to have savvy and encouraging family members, or perhaps we once had a cool teacher or a supervisor who had faith in us. But when it doesn't happen, or the individuals that support us don't understand the industry we want to work in. If so, you should get out there and broaden your network. This may entail locating someone to "formally" serve as your mentor (for more information, visit SCORE) or meeting individuals who are farther along in their chosen careers and picking their brains through encounters, in-depth conversations, and rapport. I also advise you to join an organization that has a strong emphasis on empowering its members.


5. Accepting a lower salary


While individual pathways may differ, it is usual to start a new career with an entry-level position. This can result in a pay cut if you were in the middle of another career. Even though it could be difficult, making a few short lifestyle changes will help you get through this time. Before you leave your current employment, prepare a budget. To help you plan your budget, you can look into the typical starting pay for entry-level positions in the career you want to pursue. Setting realistic limits for the size of a wage cut you may accept may also be beneficial.


If you are able to, saving money may also be beneficial. Having extra cash on hand can make it easier for you to seek a new job and, should the need arise, to deal with unanticipated events. Keep in mind that this pay cut may only be temporary. In many professions, pay increases with experience. You might boost your earning potential by changing to a profession with a higher average salary or a career that better plays to your talents, depending on the field you choose. Changes in pay may be difficult, but they may be worthwhile if they lead to a fulfilling job.




This was all about overcoming obstacles in achieving career advancement and challenges in career management. Everyone will in their professional lives, but don't give up and keep trying to discover solutions. A shift in careers can be wonderful, exciting, adventurous—whatever you want it to be! Therefore, don't let these barriers to career change stand in the way of your new course. 

You may overcome these career shift challenges and connect with the new career of your dreams by developing a career change action plan.


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