Maybe you have a job, but you don’t enjoy your career. On the other hand, maybe you’ve lost your job and you can’t bear the thought of going back to the same old stuff. It’s a tough economy. Should you make a change now? How?
Nicholas Lore, author of the bestseller Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success shared his insights about this topic in a recent interview with me. Take a listen to the interview to benefit from 30 years of his coaching experience.
In the meantime, here are a few highlights from our discussion:
- Don’t delay designing your future career just because of the economy. At the same time, it’s good to be practical. Keeping a job that pays the bills until you determine your best career fit is a smart idea. If you’re out of work, you may need to seek another job in your current career area to earn income while you create your new path. Regardless of your employment status, it can take two months or more to explore not only what you want to do, but also what fits well with your skills and abilities. If you prepare yourself, you’ll be ready to make a switch when the economy improves – or even sooner – when that great opportunity suddenly arises.
- Face your fears. The biggest hurdle most career changers face is their own internal dialogue. You have the power to manage your fears by investigating them and transforming them into actions. Listen to the interview to hear more about Lore’s perspective on this.
- Create a vision and become a career detective. Use online resources and books (my professional opinion is that Lore’s offerings are terrific) or a career coach to help you get insights and determine not only what you desire, but how your abilities fit in the world, and what actions you might need to take to enable your next move.
- Don’t let circumstances rule your world. For example, Lore finds age doesn’t matter. He has countless happy clients who prove that you are never too old to do what you love (within reason – after all, becoming a rock star at 60 may be possible, but it’s pretty unlikely). Even if your intended field is shrinking, Lore says that when you really want something and you have talent for it, you can find a way to make it happen.
- Build your network. One of the best ways to change careers is by developing relationships with decision makers who can possibly hire you into your new field. Once you’ve decided what you want, creative marketing and networking can land you the job.
- Go for it! Lore contends that if you only have one life to live, don’t settle for a career that’s not as big as you are.
For more information and free resources, check out Lore’s awesome website www.therockportinstitute.com and his coaching company, The Rockport Institute, founded in 1981. For a DIY approach, look into Lore’s two worthwhile books, Pathfinder and Now What? The Young Person’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career. If you already own a copy of Pathfinder, take note, an updated edition is due out this winter. Personally, I can’t wait.
In the meantime, best wishes for career happiness and much success.