You love the company you work for. You believe in the business practices of the company you work for, the commute isn't long, you get along well with your coworkers, and the pay is great. But, there's something missing in your current position that's making you question yourself. You want to try something new, but don't want to leave the company.

There's nothing wrong with outgrowing your position at work. Whether your role isn't challenging you or you're just not being fulfilled by it anymore, you're craving something new. Perhaps there's a different department that you're interested in but you don't have any experience in.

Although my job isn't exactly traditional, I have moments where I want a change. The most recent skills I've wanted to acquire are SEO skills and practices. While you might not have any prior experience, that doesn't mean you can't learn the skills required for it.

Here are a few steps to take so you can learn the skills necessary to change roles.

Ask questions.

You may be bursting at the seams, ready to jump in and expand your knowledge. But you don't know what type of knowledge you should be honing in on. Thankfully, you have people who you can talk to about it.

If you're associates with someone in that department, ask them if they wouldn't mind answering a few questions about what they do. Even if you don't have a relationship with anyone there, introduce yourself and get the information you need. Alternatively, find a mentor online.  

If possible, take a business trip with a travel credit card. You can learn from others to either inspire your move or inspire your own job. You can also use the opportunity to network.

However, it's important to remember you are a beginner. I've been approached for guidance on getting a site started. A few of those instances ended with people giving up because despite my advice, they got ahead of themselves and couldn't get their sites where they wanted them to be. Remember, everyone starts out not knowing.  

Use your time wisely.

Now that you've asked some questions and have a feel of what to do, it's time to take some action. However, on top of trying to learn a new skill, you also have to work. And depending on how many responsibilities you have in your life already, finding time for your new skills might seem close to impossible. But it doesn't have to be.

There are endless apps and software available for you to get the most out of the time you do have. If you're interested in the marketing department, then listen to marketing podcasts and audiobooks. You can do this while you're commuting to work, cleaning your house, or working out.

Any idle time you have where you're not using your ears, dedicate it to learning. Even if that isn't your learning style, it's still immensely valuable for helping you get one step closer to your goal.

Find more time.

On the other hand, we tell ourselves that we don't have any time to work on ourselves because we don't want to cut some things out of our lives. This connects with how bad you want to leave your current role and what these skill sets mean to you. Fortunately there are ways to find time.

You may want to start by limiting or even deleting all social media apps from your phone. You can also download apps that block websites or track your usage both on your phone and on your desktop. You may be surprised at how much time is spent reading the news or answering emails.

Volunteer to help on a project.

There's only so many podcasts you can listen to and videos can watch before you have to practice what you've learned. If your workload isn't too heavy, offer to lend a hand to a coworker on that department's team who's working on a project.

Not only will they be grateful for your help, but it'll also give you a chance to get a taste of that environment and the type of work they do. You might find that you're a natural at it -- or that you're not. EIther way, it'll help you manage your goals and put your own skills into perspective.

While you might not have the skills you need now, if you follow these steps, you'll be closer to where you want to be. When a position opens in that department, you'll be ready to make the lateral move. Even if one doesn't open up, if you're always eager to help, that department's manager might just offer you one anyway.  

Published on: Sep 27, 2018
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