I changed myself when I changed profession
I have been working as an in-house accountant and I loved it. Numbers are a safe and predictable sanctuary, and give me less and lesser interaction with human.
I became just like my profession at that time. I like predictable events, well planned activities, and really bad attitude when it comes to interact with people, even with my loved ones.
At some point in my life, I changed profession to Human Resources. Very limited access to numbers and lots of access to uncertainties, I mean human. A few years later, I was doing okay, I had good performance evaluation, good networking with all levels of employees, and promoted to Communications.
Bear in mind that good performance didn’t come cheap and easy. Here are 5 things I changed from being an accountant into a human related profession:
1. Know who you are
I took a formal psychology test when I joined human resources, but I also took MBTI (Myer’s Bridge) free test online from the Internet. I didn’t use it as a valid guidance; I just needed to know where to start. After all, I was an Accountant; I need something reliable to start with.
I am an INFJ, a naturally social introvert and able to expand my human skills such as empathy, compassion, etc. So basically, I am already have the right ingredients to be in human related profession and develop the traits in order to excel professionally and personally.
Check out what’s yours on this free MBTI test: https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test and know what you need to develop for your future professional and personal life.
2. Know your customers
Whether it’s a full of numbers job or healing people job, your customers are people.
You have to put in your mind every time that people are people. Regardless of their nationalities, beliefs, races, people are facing the same every day life only with different degrees.
Some people don’t know what to eat for the day; some people don’t have more money to pay for medication, etc. Some people are on top position today and tomorrow maybe not. Nobody can getaway from this life, we will experiences the same things and feel the same about everything.
Understand that before you identify who are your customers. At the end, your job is about selling something. Find what they already have, what they actually need, and what can make them feel better.
Keep THAT in your mind all the time.
3. Expand knowledge on your new profession
I read, watch, and ask lots of topics about human, such as empathy skills, history of nations, and my own beliefs.
I know that maybe some of us are restricted with our own culture and beliefs. If you want to expand your knowledge, you must PUT ASIDE your restrictions and prejudices.
Here’s how I do it: “it’s not about me, it’s about getting more knowledge that I know will be useful for me in the future.” Do that EVERY TIME.
4. Learn and Learn and Learn
I learned the hard way many times, but I’m grateful for that. I went on a meeting with top management of a manufacturing facility trying to promote my training programs and they said, “You should know your product better. Come back to us when you are ready.”
I had a break down, of course. But then I got up. I learned about my program weaknesses and go extra miles to minimize it. I went to each direct manager under the top management to understand their needs, long nights of conference calls with the training experts overseas, and revised the program.
I didn’t succeed on the 2nd meeting, of course, and the 3rd meeting, the 4th, who’s counting anyway! But I made sure I learned from my mistake and fix it.
And that attitude of willing to learn is a precious attitude when you change your profession.
5. Networking with the correct people
I know it’s such a famous word, a highlight from almost all communities around the world.
The best networking is to connect with the correct people. You MUST be able to identify the pillars; you know, those people whose voices are heard, informal leaders, among the rest of the people. Know who they are until certain level and develop attitude that goes well with them.
I know it sounds manipulative, but I will call it positive manipulation.
For example, there is this local manager whose voice is being heard by the employees from all level. But he likes to talk about himself on anything from A to Z and never reply my job-related email.
I came to his office once a week just to have an easy 15-minute chat, basically about nothing or himself. And politely reminded him about my email that he needs to approve. It took a long time until he finally did what I ask him to do with my emails. But he did it. And I got a good feedback for my performance evaluation about my work from him.
Networking is good, but do it with the correct people is better.
Those things I developed works well on my professional and personal life. I have good network, informal teachers who are willing to share with me their valuable knowledge, new good friends, and a support system.
I never think about those things when I changed my profession. But I gained a lot more than I expected when I adapt during my changing period.
Currently, I’m on a life-changing period again and I’m so excited. Wish me luck, folks!
Do you agree with me? Or you have other opinions? I would like to know what your thoughts!