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What should I do with my life?

Wednesday, Jan 24, 2018
by Cory Steinhauer

Career Coaching

Love Monday’s? Is Sunday evening a time of dismay? Dream of something more? If so, it’s time for a career change. And, you’re not alone! 

63% of people are seeking a career change… but they just don’t know where to start?

It may sound daunting. You may be concerned about financial commitments, loss of job security, not having the right skill set or even fear of the unknown. But if you don’t challenge yourself you will never know what you can become.

Negative thoughts don’t create positive results.

What do you really want? What impact do you want to have? What are your priorities? Big questions abound. But all you need for pursuing your passion is a plan!

Step 1: Self-reflection. 

What your strengths and weaknesses? What about opportunities and threats? What do you enjoy about your job? Write a list of the things you do in and out of work that you delight in.

Do you see any patterns? Now, how can we apply these to a purpose driven career?

Money alone doesn’t motivate me. Having a purpose does. 

Step 2: Understand the possibilities.

Your planning needs to be based on information, not assumptions. If you’re serious about exploring a purpose driven career then learn about your options. You cannot build a career strategy with misinformation. Careers changing the world are infinitely more diverse than you realise. Social problems are complex and so are the solutions. Understand this, and you’re already ahead of the pack.

“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” – Seth Godin

Step 3: Test your ideas.

Once you developed an idea of how to action your passion, and you’ve done a bit of research, tell your friends and family. They may raise points you hadn’t thought of, or be able to offer a contact that would help you get your foot in the door.

“Growth and comfort never coexist.” Ginni Rometty

Step 4: Develop your plan.

Got knowledge and a vision? It’s time to build your plan.

Weigh up all the considerations (remember your SWOT in step 1) such as how much cash you’ll need to finance your transition? If study is involved, when do courses begin? You need to identify what tactics you can employ, how much time you can put towards the effort, and map them out into a plan to put on your fridge. What is it you should be doing daily, weekly, monthly etc. to make your goals come to life?

Do something today your future self will thank you for.

 Step 5: Experiment.

You’ve done the thinking and the planning. It’s go time.

A good way to try out your dream job is to give it a test run. That could be an internship, a volunteer position, or a part time gig. There are options that don’t require a long-term commitment. It doesn’t matter which route you take, as long as you take one.

Opportunities don’t happen. You create them.

Step 6: Action.

The time has come. You’re ready to follow your passion. Making the change can take time, so don’t rush it. Your passion will sustain you through the transition period and beyond.

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” J.F. Kennedy

Make the change today.

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