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 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 narrow point where you now stand. Before you can even begin to pinpoint your new career, which lies at the top point 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?
Some people are naturally reflective and spend time working out what makes them tick. But not everyone has this habit.
If you are looking for a new direction in your career (and this often means in your life too) then you need to think about exactly who this person is who is looking for a new direction.
Ask yourself these questions:
Then be reflect on 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's stopping you?
Finally 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.
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