Are you dis-satisfied with your career and thinking about making a change? Perhaps you have been in the same job for many years and just want a change or you realize that they profession you chose earlier in life was not what you were passionate about.
If this sounds like you, chances are you:
- Want a change
- Don’t like some aspect of what you do
- Can articulate what you are good at
- Have a good idea about what you do not know
- Are not sure how to go about figuring it all out
It is all a bit confusing, because the possibilities are endless and you don’t know where to start.
Here lies the quandary. There are many ways to recast your career. How you do it will be unique to you. Are you taking a sharp right turn by changing some of what you do or how you do it? Or are you taking a 180° turn and re-inventing yourself?
To be successful in either approach, think about whether you can do it alone, with some help from your mentors or if working with a career coach to deliver results. Bottom line, you will work harder than you ever thought with deep thinking, reflection and researching your options that have been narrowed down through the process.
I think that people underestimate how long it takes to figure out what you want to do with the rest of your life. Let’s be clear – no one can tell you what you should do in a matter of minutes.
Someone may guide you based on career assessment work you have completed. Many of my clients take the Strong Interest Inventory to find possible career fields other than where they are working today.
One approach I use in career coaching is to explore how intersections of your strengths and preferences open up new career opportunities to explore. When you find that sweet spot there is nothing more satisfying.
Just know that no matter how impossible it may seem to get to the place you want to be, you can do it. One step at a time.