Navigating the Currents of a Career Change

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Sometimes making a change of direction can be daunting. So daunting that you sort of freeze up and say to yourself… well, maybe I’ll tackle this next month. Then next month becomes 6 months. And maybe even a year goes by before you look up and notice that you’re still drifting. You still haven’t made that career shift you were dreaming about. The solution is to create a plan to move forward. Last night I led a group of career explorers through a discussion of how to create such a plan. I took…

Breaking the Ice to Get Informational Interviews

“Informational interviewing” is a time-honored method of career exploration. Clients who are just getting started doing this kind of research usually ask me about how they should make contact and what they should say to break the ice. Should you make contact by email or by phone? There’s not a magic formula to follow, but what you decide to do can depend on…

Part II: “Setting Out to Explore” using the CareerFinder™ Method

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Changing careers can seem overwhelming when you don’t have a logical plan to follow. Sometimes I wonder… if someone had handed me something with step-by-step instructions like The CareerFinder™ Method back when I started exploring, would it have taken so long for me to shift gears? I wonder if it would have been a shorter and easier transition. Maybe so, but going through what I went through certainly helped me to understand that this is a better way!

Okay, so yesterday, we looked at the external researching process. Today, we want to look at how you get what you need in order to where you want to go. Once you’ve done some research on what the market wants, you need to compare that to what you’re missing. You need to…

Part I: “Setting Out to Explore” using the CareerFinder™ Method

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When setting out to explore, it is wise to keep your mind and heart open. To explore means “to search into or travel in for the purpose of discovery.” Columbus set out to discover a possible new route to the Far East. What he unexpectedly found, instead, was the “New World,” or what we know as the North and South American continents. We urge you to consider all the angles and be open to the possibilities as you investigate, inquire and research during this particular step. By the end of the journey, you might or might not be surprised by what you find. However, one thing is certain… if you allow fear or nay-saying – the “buts,” & “I can’ts” – to cloud your vision during this part of the discovery process, you will never come to see what lies ahead. Joseph Campbell said it well: “You must…