Miserable At Work? How To Make A Career Change

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Miserable At Work? How To Make A Career Change
"I'm miserable at work and have grown to hate my job. I want to do something completely different. I need HELP!" wrote Beth a 54-year-old lawyer. She was in need of career counseling to find a new direction. When I asked her, "What do you want to do for the rest of your life?"


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Changing careers

You and you alone are responsible for creating your own future. 

Time to give serious thought to this life-shaping question: What exactly are you going to do with the rest of your li...


Start with honest self-assessment

  • Analyze your current skill set, training level, and accomplishments to date. 
  • Write down the aspects of the work you liked and what tasks or things you disliked


Change from careers

  • Use your transferable skills. You have acquired abilities from previous positions.
  • Use your strengths. Incorporate your talents into any position you choose to ...


The top seven transferable skills

  • Technical
  • Communication – verbal and written
  • Critical Thinking
  • Multitasking – Time management and Organizational skills
  • T...
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    Mind Mapping

    Mind maps are the best way to visually and textually organize your ideas, projects, thoughts, and tasks in a way that gives you a structure and sensibly links related concepts.

    • Mind m...

    Pillars in the Career Master Plan

    • Current job or role: This is what you are doing right now.
    • Career Goals and Dreams: List your short-term (6-9 months) and longer-term (1-3 years) career goals and dreams.
    • Your Big Why: Know why you want to do the work. 
    • Core Values: What are your top 3-5 core values that you are not willing to compromise?
    • Limits and Boundaries: What is it that you are not willing to do? Whom do you not want to work with?
    • Top Strengths: A strength is a combination of your talents and skills.
    • Desired Strengths: These are the gaps you want to fill in your skills and talents. 
    • Education investment in Yourself: Are you going to conferences, joining a master-mind group, or hiring a coach?
    • Execution Strategies: For instance, you may start a business, a side-hustle, a website.
    • Role Models
    • Ideal Client or Company: It is critical to know whom you want to serve with your work.
    • Ideal Professional Self: A 25-word exercise where you describe your ideal professional self. 

    To switch careers effectively

    ... and achieve a positive outcome, you need 4 things: clarity, courage, confidence, and competence.

    Without these, you’ll most likely struggle hard and fail.  

    “The Pendulum Effect”

    Don't run from your career because you've broken down in it. Running away will not solve your problems – they’ll just be repeated in the next career.

    Make your situation better by repairing broken relationships, finding your voice, growing out skills, and becoming more competent. Then, when you do leave, you’ll be able to achieve the next level of success.

    Develop a financial plan

    ... that will support your transition.

    Do solid research and explore your desired change with your accountant and financial consultant and experts in that career, to understand clearly, without emotion, the financial requirements necessary to support you through what can be years of transition. If there’s no money available, wait until you can access some.

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    Traditional career paths

    They are now fading, giving way to portfolio careers, hybrid roles, gigs, and virtual arrangements.

    This is causing frustration for job seekers who are pursuing unconventional job changes, wh...

    Start before you’re ready

    In this ever-changing marketplace, chances are you’ll never feel 100% prepared. 

    If your next step is unclear, the best way to find clarity is to move forward. Your view of the situation and potential solutions will be clearer when you're in the middle of it rather than when you’re on the outside looking in.

    Follow your fear

    Pay attention to those activities that feel scary - they're usually your next stretch goal waiting to be tackled.

    You might make mistakes, but your other option is to do nothing and remain stagnant.

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