When you embark on a career change, either through your own personal choice or your hand is forced by redundancy, you will hear a multitude of advice. I personally felt overwhelmed with it and have narrowed it down into a few bullet points to help you out.
1. Find Your Passion
Ask yourself the 3 questions above. What gives me energy? What am I good at? What will the world pay me for?
This will get you out of the career-change starting blocks and get your creative juices flowing. If you would like to delve deeper, you could go full IKIGAI, which I wrote a blog post about a few years ago. If you are looking for a fast track version, use the Venn diagram above.
2. Do it with others
This is a time where you need to activate your support systems. Yes, I deliberately used the plural there. You will need to have people around you who play different roles, you don’t need to do this alone.
Think about the type of people that you will need. Is it a career coach (hello 🙋), a connector or a friend?
If you are still in a role, start to build your network NOW so that it is in place when you need it.
3. Act it out, rather than figure it out
You can’t figure out what you want to do by figuring it out. You have to act it out.
What if I told you that your CV is a list of things that you don’t want to do anymore? You’d stop giving it to people wouldn’t you? If you want to get interesting things coming back at you you have to change it up.
New input gives you new output.
4. Look for people not jobs
The job market is often referred to as an iceberg because most of it is hidden, especially the more senior you are. How often do you see adverts for VERY senior jobs? You don’t.
How often do you see that your arch nemesis has been appointed into a job that you could do with your eyes closed? What is it that they are doing that you are not?
I bet you that they are looking for people NOT jobs.
So get yourself in front of people (this is where your connector comes in). Email the 10 most inspiring people that you know, tell them why you find them inspiring and get yourself in front of them.
Work is one part of our life. It is an important part and one that we should NOT compromise on to get the life we want.
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