At a conference I attended, the keynote speaker was fumbling with technology at the beginning of her presentation. After figuring out the problem, she said, “the takeaway is just push the button.” While this wasn’t the main point of her presentation, it struck me on several levels.
How many things in our lives require us to push a button to get the process started? Coffee makers require us to push a button as do computers, televisions, phones, microwaves, and some ovens. Even the lights in my bedroom are controlled by a remote. If this many things in our daily lives require us to push a button, should it surprise us that changing careers would involve pushing a button as well?
Changing careers usually involves writing a resume, creating cover letters, online applications, and developing a strong LinkedIn profile. All of these tasks involve pushing buttons to get them accomplished. Researching companies is done through visiting websites which involves pushing buttons. Frequently, individuals look at getting or completing a degree as part of the process to change career directions. Researching schools and programs usually starts with online research. Applying to schools and completing the FAFSA form are also done online. So, going back to school to complete a degree also involves pushing buttons.
If you are considering changing directions, stop thinking about it and start pushing buttons to get the process started.