Are you feeling lost in your career?
It's too easy to get comfortable in a situation you never wanted to stick with in the first place. It's also common to get bored in a stagnant career that you've been waking up to every morning for the last 10 years. You don't have to settle for a mediocre career.
Many job seekers are still employed but considering a career change. A drastic transition to a new career can be a daunting thought if you aren't passionate about what you're doing. Discovering your passion and transforming that passion into a meaningful career is possible, and we've rallied some AMAZING career coaches to guide you through how to discover your passion and conquer this transition... well, they'll at least give you a few tips for getting started for your career change.
"When it comes to self-discovery, getting started is often the most difficult part. Many people have a variety of interests, passions, goals, dreams, and values. Understanding how these characteristics translate into a fulfilling career can seem impossible. I recommend starting simple, by creating a mind map.
Mind-mapping is a tool for analyzing many facets of one topic – identifying intersections, patterns, and themes within. It can also be a very fun and creative process, and may become as personalized as you want it to be! I recommend choosing a simple theme to work from. Examples might be “Purpose”, “Passion”, or “Profession”.
Then, build pillars or branches from the center. These pillars could be: Hobbies, Interests, Skills, Top Strengths, Ideal Work Environment, Core Values, Education, Role Models, What Motivates Me, Short Term Goals, etc. Ask yourself questions such as:
- In what direction would I like to take my career?
- What qualities do I consider as my strengths?
- What core values define who I am?
Stay positive, and be creative! As you build your mind map, you will start to notice themes, ideas, and patterns emerge. Look for connections or ideas that reoccur, and pay attention to what stands out. Use this information as a foundation to have a conversation with a Career Coach, who will help guide you towards next steps."
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"The key is to work from the inside out. First, get clear on your zone of brilliance by defining these essential components: passion + skills + impact.
Be ready to peel back the layers and dig deep into what you love to do and the experiences that feed you. Look for themes that undeniably point to what you care about and go out of your way to create.
Make a generous list of your skills and gifts. Don’t rely on assessments like StrengthsFinder, but focus on transferrable skills that will empower you to rock your work and be fulfilled in any career. Try writing stories about your accomplishments and then observing the skills and characteristics you demonstrated.
Finally, explore questions like, “What do I want the result of my work to be?” and “What kind of change or outcome is so important for me to help others achieve?”
It can be a long, intimidating road to create a meaningful career, but everything is possible. It all starts with self-discovery and believing in the power of your unique brilliance."
"Informational interviews are an amazingly effective tool for the career changer. By leveraging LinkedIn or your personal network, it’s become remarkably easy to find an individual who’s made exactly the kind of transition you’re considering, and who can give you the skinny on the ups and downs they’ve experienced.
Be bold! Reach out to the person you’ve identified, offer to buy them a cup of their favorite coffee in exchange for 30 minutes of their time and their insights. Be prepared with targeted questions:
- How did they make the move?
- Have they faced any obstacles or challenges they didn’t anticipate?
- Are they happy with the move they made? Why?
You will find that people are generally eager to share of themselves and their experiences, and willing to help others in their journey. And who knows, they might have a need in their organization for someone with your talents…"
"One powerful way to turn your passion into a career is to start with an exercise that I call: “Inner Child Reflection.” Spend some time reflecting on your childhood and ask yourself these questions:
- What did I love doing when I was younger?
- What made me feel free and happy?
- What excited me?
Once you answer those questions, dive deeper and identify what you loved most about doing those things. One example response would be: “As a child, I really enjoyed helping my mom bake cakes. What I loved most was moving around in the kitchen, mixing the ingredients together, creating my own unique cake designs, and seeing the smiles on my other’s faces as they ate.” You then want to see what is still true for you today – you know it’s your passion If it excites you just thinking about it.
After the inner reflection phase, you will move into career exploration to identify ways to turn what you love into a career. For the example above, a career as Pastry Chef or Bakery Owner may be a perfect career for you. Though it requires a lot of reflection, research, conversations with others, and creativity; it is possible to turn what you love into a career!"
"Your search for a meaningful career should begin by looking within. By examining the lifelong patterns of your career passions, personal values, gifts/motivated skills, and preferred work environments, you can distil your options down to those most likely to meet your current/future work needs. Be aware, though, that passions, values, and skills can be masked by other interests and strengths you possess, which means this process requires reflection and the willingness to dive deep.
Once you’ve identified and unmasked your preferences, it’s important to compare them with the types of jobs and career fields available in the labor market. Choose one or more as targets for your career change and use them as the focal point for your resume, LinkedIn profile, and self-marketing. A career change like this one requires a different approach to your job search, so it will be imperative to build out a new network on LinkedIn."
"First, have the job seeker go through an exercise that is very revealing and can detect patterns they may not realize. Take multiple pieces of paper and split them into four columns. The first column will start with your most recent company, and the second column, your most recent job title. The third and fourth columns are very important – make a detailed list of what you liked (column three) and what you didn’t like (column four), AND WHY, for each job. If you had multiple jobs for one company, do this exercise for each job title.
Take this exercise all the way back to your first job. This will help you see trends in bosses, tasks, colleagues, benefits, pay, organizational culture, and other items you liked and those creating issues. You can also go through each job and identify skills learned to utilize in creation of a resume. This is just the start of discovering your new career, but it will be the most important one."