Are you head down and tackling career change on your own? Perhaps you’re finding it tough to get the help you need from people around you.
Now I know that Grand Designs is all about the journey, the hold ups the stuff ups and the battles with budgets and weather. But I just wanted to fast forward to the finished masterpiece. I didn’t want to see the struggle to get there.
Doing the following three big things, which are actually nine smaller things, lead me to career change coaching. They helped me create and test a successful career change process that’s at the heart of how I work with my clients.
The first thing I tell them is that you can’t change careers sitting behind a desk.
Then we talk about ways to switch your search technique to ‘finding people not jobs’. This conversation is about how to get out of your head and into action.
If you’re stuck for ways to start talking to real people working in jobs or areas you‘re keen to explore, here’s what I suggest.
Looking for an effective career coach? I suggest these steps. They combine investigation and instinct in the hunt to find the person who’ll work with and for you.
Money. Sometimes the scary prospect of managing your finances can stop career change in its tracks. Will I earn less in my new career? If I take time off to figure out what next will I need to eat pot noddles for months?
Every new thing we try reveals something about our abilities and our interests. These insights can be priceless career change clues.
When I was changing careers I wanted to wake up and know exactly what to do. Pretty quickly, I realised that my longed for lightning bolt wasn’t going to strike. I needed to create the right conditions for career change insights. I had to stop waiting expectantly for an epiphany to arrive.
Transitioning from 9-5 in an office to making my own hours was one of the toughest things about going solo. I’ve learned to balance the competing demands on my time and energy in (mostly) sane ways.
Amidst the many insights my clients have given me, these six things stand out. Each of them says something important and moving about our shared aims and experience at work and in life.
Career change is a prime source of fear and uncertainty. It’s hard to let go, and even harder to trust that what’s coming next won’t bring you unstuck.
Sparky moments - we all have them. They happen when we cross paths with someone or something that connects us to what matters most. Sparky moments light up our eyes and prick up our ears.
This week three things have had me mulling on the use of ‘How are you?’ in conversation.
It has become more of a pleasantly than a question we expect an answer too. It is pretty much a redundant phrase that has transformed into how we greet one and another. But miss it, and we are missing a chance to connect, get real and support those around us.
This week I’ve had entrepreneur flu. A common yet taboo infliction suffered by business owners and freelancers around the world. I hope sharing my experience helps someone else to climb their way out when they hit this funk.
During January I strived to avoid buying or using any piece of single use plastic. Think all things plastic and destined for disposal - shopping bags, straws, take away coffee cups, water bottles, food wrappers etc etc. Here's what I learnt.