Career Change Is Not For Wimps! 3 Powerful Steps to Do Work
by: Ann Ronan, Ph.D.
Tough words..but I truly believe that folks who make career
changes should be applauded for their courage. The courage to live
closer to their authentic selves. The courage to put aside all the
negativity we hear about the economy. The courage to face their own
Most people will change careers 5-10 times in their lifetimes.
Not just jobs - but whole new careers. At the same time, we're not
taught how to go about this in the best way -how to evaluate what
careers fit us best - how to choose work that makes our heart sing!
If you are considering a career change, here are some tips to get
1. Know thyself. Give yourself time to really get in touch with
yourself. What do you value most in your work? What skills do you
really love doing? What natural talents and gifts do you have that
you must use to serve others?
2. Go on an exploration. Be curious. Ask lots of folks about
their work. Make a list of everything you've ever considered doing
-even if it seems outlandish. Then make a list of questions you'd
like to get answered about those careers. This website can give you
some good information about skills needed, education requirements
and salary ranges for many careers: http://online.onetcenter.org/.
As you get your questions answered, start making commitments about
what you WILL have in your next career. Narrow down your choices
until you've settled on one to target.
3. Go after it! Put together a job search campaign. Make a list
of at least 5 different strategies you'll use to go after your best
work. These can include networking, making a list of contacts to
call, online job seeking on specialized job boards, online seeking
of specific companies' job postings, sending targeted letters to
organizations you'd like to work for even if they don't have jobs
Set weekly and daily goals and get a support partner to help keep
you accountable to reaching your goals.
Changing careers takes good strategies, courage and support. And
it can be the most rewarding thing you've ever done. Congratulations
on taking this first step!
About The Author
Ann Ronan, Ph.D., Certified Career Coach and author, works
with professionals in career transition. If you'd like more
tips, strategies and support check out the 90 Day Career
Change Is Not For Wimps eCourse delivered to you by daily
emails with weekly telephone support calls - www.authenticlifeinstitute.com/CareerChange.htm
ŠAnn Ronan, Ph.D. 2004