Try considering a powerful career question.
“So why are you doing what you are doing in your career?”
This question can benefit your career change and provide new insights on your career path.
I heard it from the founder of CD Baby, David Sivers, in his book, Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur.
It really got me thinking…
When you answer this question, you may find that you have been:
- Imitating Others
- Following Someone Else’s Path
- Going with the Flow
In fact a decade, two, or three passes, and you might find that the career path you have been following is one that someone else convinced you to take and maybe you just never got off.
This is not necessarily “bad”, but you might find that your career is a reflection of someone else’s dream..not yours.
Or taking a look back you might even find that the career path you are pursuing is full of little distractions versus the pursuit of your big dreams.
If this sounds familiar to you (as it did for me) and leaves you scratching your head, then don’t worry.
The great news is that whatever career path led you to this point put you exactly where you should be.
The other bit of good news is that your particular experience is the launching pad for your next career step.
There is a hidden major benefit to your experience, and it contains the key to your career plan.
Most are relieved (as I was) to find that you don’t have to “throw the baby out with the bath water”.
Leveraging your work and life experience becomes the basis for your career change.
There are many ways to do it but here are a couple tips to get going:
1.) Consider the skills you have picked up a long the way. Maybe you developed insanely strong Excel/Access skills, become a master chief at home, or have Jedi contract negotiation skills at Corp…whatever it is starting creating your list now.
Your unique skill combination is what you can offer in a new career on day one and might provide an advantage.
2.) What people have you touched a long the way and how can you serve them? No matter if you are in Accounting, Sports Management, HR, etc… you have had some successes and developed relationships.
Consider (and ask) what their problems are today and how you might help them in the future. Their pain can be your career opportunity.
You can leverage your experience, skills, and what makes you happiest for the career path of your dreams.
To Your Crossroads!
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