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Are you Curious? The 5 Minute Career Coach Sept 2009
September 01, 2009
Helping Career Changers Around The World
Welcome to the September edition of The 5 Minute Career Coach!
I hope you have been having a great summer and have been able to take a bit of time out from the daily routine to relax and recuperate.
Time to relax
What works best for you as a means of chilling out and recharging the batteries?
We all need a bit of time off from the mad daily whirl – from
work, from family, even from planning a career change. On that score, maybe you have got to a point where you feel your determination to change career has gone off the boil a bit?
If that is the case, don’t beat yourself up about it. Sometimes you need to switch off the conscious striving for a while and this is when new ideas bubble away unconsciously in the back of your mind. When you switch back into gear, you can sometimes be surprised at what new possibilities emerge.
So what about you? Maybe September can be a
new beginning for you too, when you rekindle your career change plans? Or do you have another project you can knuckle down to and focus on as the days begin to draw in? What will it be and who will you tell about it so that they can keep you on target?
Whatever it is, I am right there behind you to encourage you as you make progress!
With very best wishes
What’s in this Issue
Quote of the Day
I love some of the quotes and aphorisms that you find in careers and self help books. So often they seem to encapsulate something I have struggled with in my own life or have seen coaching clients grapple with. I hope they can inspire you too.
Let’s face it, this is the only way you will really grow. If you only ever play safe and tackle things where you know you can succeed, you will never get that real sense of achievement that comes from knowing that you have dared and won!
So you think you can’t change career? Go on – I dare you to do it and prove all the doubters wrong!
Are You Curious Enough To Change Career?
Are you curious?
Do you wonder why things happen the way they do? Do you find it interesting to consider what makes you behave in certain ways? Do you like reading and talking to people to find out about other people’s lives and work?
I hope the answer is 'Yes'!
Why is that?
Because I think that curiosity is an invaluable asset when it comes to changing careers. If you are looking for a significant change of direction in your new career, then you need to be ready to cast your mind and imagination out like a wide net – and curious people do this all the time out of habit.
I often think of the career change process as a kind of diamond shape where the first stage is all about broadening out from the point where you now stand. Before you can even begin to pinpoint your
new career, which lies at the top of the diamond, you need to open up your horizons and explore the wealth of possibilities with an open and curious mind.
So what do you need to be curious about?
First and foremost about yourself.
Who are you?
If you are looking for a new direction in your career (and this often means in your life too) then you need to work out exactly who this person is who is looking for a new direction.
Ask yourself these questions:
Then be curious about the experiences you have had of work so far.
The world of work
When you have looked at yourself, it is time to turn your attention outwards and be curious about the amazing world of work – it is much more varied than you realise. Just take a bit of time to consider all the different ways people make a living.
What is stopping you?
Be curious about the obstacles that you put in your own way. Don’t worry, we all do it. We have all built up images of ourselves and of our world which in some ways help us manage on a day to day basis, but on the occasions when you are trying to make a big life change, these images can hold you back and keep your perspective narrow.
So ask yourself the big questions.
So get in the habit of asking questions – why, how, what, when, who? Don’t just assume things are as they are and that nothing can be done about it. Being curious about alternative possibilities is the first step to making them actually happen.
The Career Change Question
Coaches love questions because they can really get you thinking and can help you explore where you are and where you are going. So each month I pose a question for you to think about.
Don’t just give these questions a quick and glib response. Let them wander round your mind for a few days, or even weeks and see what answers unfold for you. They are designed to get you thinking in new ways and hopefully gain insights that may open your mind to new possibilities for your career and for your life.
or further away from the working life I want?
A simple question which just points out that the changes you want to make don’t necessarily arise from big, momentous actions, but in fact can be helped or hindered in the small, day-to-day
What is the impact of what you are doing at an everyday level? Are you just trudging on with your head down, repeating the same old patterns or are you making use of the many opportunities that are there if you just look up and out. Does you everyday routine keep you stuck or help you to take small steps along the road you really want to travel?
My recommended resource this month will be of interest to you if you have always rather fancied running your own business but think it would be too difficult.
Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love
I love the way Barbara talks about being Joyfully Jobless. No, she does not mean lying on a beach doing nothing – she means no longer having a job which shackles you to an employer you hate. The joy comes from at last being in control of your life, working when, where and how you want.
For me there are two important messages about self employment in Barbara’s book:
There is another way.
Her book is divided up into the following sections:
Getting to know your new boss
Doing your homework
Exploring your options
Turning passions into profits
Creating world headquarters
At the end of the book you will find 10 pages of further reading and useful contacts. Some of these may be a little out of date now, but they will still provide you with lots of good info and inspiration.
Barbara’s book is easy to read and gives you the feeling of having a warm and supportive friend walking alongside you and encouraging you.
So if you need convincing that being your own boss could actually be a real possibility, I recommend this book as a great starting point which will inspire you and leave you raring to go!
If you would like to
see more recommendations for books and similar resources, follow the link to the Career Change Books page
of the How To Change Careers website. Do keep popping back to it as I am adding to it all the time.
And if there are books and resources that have inspired you and that you would like to recommend, there is a place for you to do so on that page.
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