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At a Career Crossroads? The 5 Minute Career Coach April 2011
April 01, 2011
Helping Career Changers Around The World
Welcome to the April 2011 edition of The 5 Minute Career Coach.
What's in this Issue
Career crossroads - that is my theme for this month.
Have you reached a point when you know something has got to change in your working life? Maybe it is just growing dissatisfaction with your job or perhaps you know that you will be out of a job by the end of next month. The writing is on the wall and you have to make a decision about where to go next with your work.
But which way
will you turn? A crossroads offers a range of possibilities including some you may not initially consider. Skip on down to my article of the month to find out what your options could be.
With best wishes
Quote of the Day
You are never totally stuck. Even when an unwanted change is imposed upon you, you still have a choice about how you respond to it.
Facing the Career Crossroads
Are you at a career crossroads? Possibly so – that may well be what has attracted you to the How To Change Careers website and to the 5 Minute Career Coach newsletter.
So what options are open to you when you approach a career crossroads?
But let's be honest, that is not really facing up to the fact that you are unhappy in what you are doing. Something more needs to change than just another version of what you have been doing up to now.
So if you are an accountant, you could switch from a big City firm, so a smaller one with very different clients. If you are a teacher, you could abandon the classroom and look for a job where you are leading educational walks round a local nature reserve or visitor attraction.
So an administrator in a college or university might stay in the education sector but look for a new role with more direct contact with students
such as organsing a summer school. Or if you have worked in the conservation field, you could become an environmental consultant advising landowners how to make the most of grants that are available and helping them to adopt environmentally friendly farming practices.
Yes, that is an option. It takes vision and courage, but it is possible to start with something completely new. It may take a while to adjust to the new environment you transplant yourself into, but just think, you may discover a new you, you could find that you are able to flourish and blossom in this new arena. All it takes is a radical leap of faith.
A bit of everything
The word 'career' doesn't have to mean doing just one job, it can mean having many sources of income. And that is probably a more secure option these days. So it is actually possible to turn left and right and go straight on all at the same time!
Change how you view your situation, commit to looking
for the positives and the possibilities, be curious about what may lie ahead rather than assuming it will be bad. It is amazing what a difference a change in attitude can make.
So as you approach the career crossroads ahead of you, think about which of these options will work for you. You have lots of choice!
Your 5 Minute Coaching Session
Challenging questions are one of the key tools coaches use in helping clients to create change.
Each month I offer you a mini coaching session by asking you a challenging question to think about. The questions I ask are designed to get you thinking in new ways and hopefully gain insights that may open your mind to new possibilities for you career and for your life.
Taking a different perspective can make all the difference. Sometimes you may be just too close to see clearly so take a short flight in a helicopter and see what you can see.
One of your crossroads options is to consider creating a portfolio career. All very well, you may think, but how on earth do I do that?
Help is at hand with this great book by Barrie Hopson and Katie Ledger.
The book contains 10 steps which take you through a process that helps you decide if a portfolio career is really for you, looks at the
skills you can use, the values that will motivate you, the networks of contacts you have (or can create) to help you and explores the crucial money issue.
It puts you at the centre and builds on who you are and what you have to offer instead of you continuing to mould yourself into the shape that will fit one particular job or organisation.
Katie has travelled this route before you, having moved from the traditional way of working with one employer to her current blend of communications consultant, conference host and producer, presentation and media coach, author, blogger, presenter and mother of 2 young children.
Does a portfolio career sound like your kind of thing? Then read this book to find out how to make it happen!
And if there are books, websites and other 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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