Don’t sell yourself short
Resist the temptation to take a junior-level position just to get your foot in the door -- even if you can afford it financially (lucky you). “I had a client who once hired a young woman into a position that was really junior to her capabilities,” Heathfield says. “She asked her boss for a promotion and raise at least once a week, and he reached the point where he was like, ‘Why did I hire this person?!’... Perhaps they don’t have a few of the skills specific to that industry, but they have 10 to 20 years of other experiences.” Phew, so coffee fetching is officially off the table.
Family matters (sort of)
If your family depends on your current job, ask them for their support -- but don’t put their needs first. “I have one client who moved to the US for her spouse, and made a choice in career out of sacrifice for her loved one,” says Leticia Warner, co-founder at Embodied Minds, which specializes in public speaking and life coaching services. “It led to a lot of resentment that she didn’t even realize was affecting her work and life.” Instead, Warner says, quiet fears of letting people down and go after what you want. “Another young client had studied finance at her parents’ request, despite an interest in fashion, which they wouldn’t allow,” she says. When the client finally ditched Wall Street for the garment district, she wasn't only happier in her professional life, but with her parents too. Two birds, one stone.