Helping You Get Back Your Speed – 10 “R”s To Career Reinvention

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Whether you took time off work after having a baby or you took a break after battling an illness, it could be really difficult to hit the ground running on your old speed.  Getting back in to the working world can be a long string of hurdles. The working field changes rapidly. And keeping your mind and body up to date even while at it is incredibly difficult.

The “start over” experience is relatively different for individuals. It depends on your previous job and the level of success you have attained. However, some protocols still remain the same. I am a trained engineer, and I worked at a paint manufacturing factory in 2013. Making the decision to leave my “okay” job and become a speaker and a blogger was a really difficult task for me. I took the leap eventually in search of purpose. But even for the medieval explorers, straying into the unknown wasn’t easy.

If you’re trying to reinvent your career, or resume at a previously held position, here’s a list of helpful tips that helped me. They can also lead you back on track to becoming a more fulfilled working person. Here is what I’d love to call the 10-R step to career reinvention.

1. Reflecting

The entire process of career reinvention can be nerve wracking. However, reflecting on your previous employment will help you understand your current capabilities, wants and needs. This can mean seeking opportunities in a different field or sticking around in a field similar to your past.

2. Realizing

It’s important to realise that there are some goals that are simply not attainable or will take time to accomplish. This will help in reducing disappointment or psychological devastation if things don’t work out as planned.

3. Releasing

Release yourself of past expectations and mistakes and start new. Pondering on what you could have had, and where you would have been if you didn’t take the break doesn’t help your current situation. Developing the confidence to go back into the workforce is essential. It’s not just about whatever you did, now what matters is what you do next.

4. Research

Look for career positions that don’t have a high demand for recent qualifications to get your foot in the door. Doing smaller jobs means you’re able to work towards a higher position.

5. Recommendations

Use past references to assure future employees of your employee skills and characteristics. Using a good referee can mean the difference in terms of getting attention from an employer.

6. Reaching out

Networking will play a massive role to getting back into the working field. Reaching out to the right people will give you an abundance of opportunities to get into a career tailored to you.

7. Redefine

With limited knowledge of newly introduced tools in the modern employment world, use the information you have attained during your leave as an asset. Employers often seek after skills such as multitasking, patience and problem solving.

8. Redevelop

Develop new skills that will assist you in catching up to the rest of the working field. Whether its learning how to use excel or Photoshop, finding the necessary skills you need to acquire to perform in a positional capacity can help fill up your resume.

9. Risk

Living in unemployment can be difficult and frustrating; it can be easy to become complacent in your previous lifestyle. Unless you’re not bound to financial constraints getting a job is a beneficial financial and social tool.

10. Reignite

Take advantage of the feeling of optimism and drive that comes with career searching, The chance to do something you have longed to do after a lengthy break can help discover the ambition to apply for that job you wanted.


Written by Godwin Adoga.

Godwin Adoga is an inspirational speaker and art culture enthusiast with a keen interest in positive societal behaviour. He writes at

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