Well, anything and everything that comes up for you as a result of doing the career planning exercises on this site. They all make a contribution to your thinking and reflection about your career change.
As you will see, there are lots of ideas and exercises on this site that you can try. You need to work through a good selection of these to build up a picture of who you are and what you want from a career.
Some of the exercises pose a simple question and ask you to reflect on it and write down your thoughts. Others are more structured and may mean going through a checklist, creating a mind map, asking for feedback from others or brainstorming with your Career Change Buddy.
With all the exercises and reflection you are doing, it is important to keep asking yourself:
'What is this exercise telling me? What insights about me are bubbling up here? What am I learning about myself?'
Your Career Change Project File is where you capture both the results of the exercises and your thinking about the results.
Whenever you add anything new to your Project File, flick through what is already in there. You never know when one of the exercises or your thoughts about it will just click into place with something else in the File and lead to a breakthrough moment.
As you work through the career change process and complete the
exercises on this site, it is a good idea to a summary sheet of some
kind to pull your thoughts together. Have a look at the one I suggest here. But feel free to design one of your own if you prefer.
Use what you have collected in your Project File together with the contents of your Career Ideas Log to identify your top career choices.
The Career Change Project File is potentially a wonderful reminder to you of what makes you a unique and special person, with your own particular range of skills, strengths and qualities.
You may find that you still refer back to it long after you have changed your career!
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