Follow Your Bliss...Or, Safe, Smart Career Change?
By Patricia Soldati
Hello Fellow Seekers!
I don't know about you but I'm pretty tired of hearing about how you can "follow your dream in three or four easy steps. I've seen plenty of people leap before they sufficiently looked --and end up dissatisfied or broke, or both. I've also had clients come to me after reading a hot, new book or attending a workshop. And they still can't figure out what it is they want to do for a living.
Of course not! You can't think your way to a new career - or, at least you can't 99% of the time.
The truth is that career change is no walk in the park. It takes focus, a smart strategy and guts.
Anyone can start their career change effort with vigor. But keeping your fires burning for the duration of your journey is another story. Given the roadblocks and the absence of any hard deadlines, it's just the kind of "priority that can fall through the cracks of your busy life.
The key is to create an environment of accountability. Here are four ways to do this:
A Smart Strategy
The old adage "look before you leap is perfect advice for prospective career-changers. Keep your day job and let your paycheck enable you to take all the time you need to discover new work options and test them out. Once you are clear that a particular path is right for you - craft a good plan to get there. At a minimum, your plan will include new training requirements and timing, building a new network, and a communications strategy for leaving your current employer.
Successful career-changers know two things: First, how critical the courage factor is to their ultimate success; and, second, that it's not possible to feel courageous 100% of the time. By its very nature, the career-change journey is a wiggly road. When your courage is on the wane, try these approaches:
Finally, remember that we are indeed, a "free agent nation. Safe, smart career change is possible and thousands of people just like you have successfully re-invented their working lives. Without question, you can, too.
May you thrive in work -- and life!
About The Author
Patricia Soldati is a former President & COO of a national finance organization who re-invented her working life in 2001. As a career strategist, she uses her considerable business savvy to guide burned out corporate professionals into soul-satisfying work, safely and smartly.