Step One: The WhyThere are a lot of barriers that prevent more people from leaving where they are and doing what they really want to do. And if you’re going to push through and overcome them, you’ll need a strong motivation. This is step one in your career change and I call it your "why." Why rock the boat? Why change at all? Change isn’t easy, so there needs to be a compelling reason in order for you to follow through. Otherwise, you risk not solving anything and ending up with the same problems, but under a different roof. Every big change in life needs a big “why.” Some of the major reasons for the change are lack of fulfillment and boredom. These two are the main ones. A desire for more money is important too. When doing career exploration, it comes down to these three things: Interests, Strengths, and Priorities. Your new career needs to line up with these three things.Essentially, we are asking...What are you interested in? What are you good at? What matters the most to you?
Step Two: The WhatIn order to recognize your next opportunity, you need to be crystal clear on what you are looking for or you’ll never find it! Using the ISP model, here are a few questions you can ask yourself to get clarity.For interests, ask yourself:
- In thinking about what you currently do or have previously done for work—What do you love most about what you do? Our goal here is to isolate the good things that you do like, so we can carry those over into the next career. When you are in a job that is not aligned with your natural interests and talents, that’s when you get burned out. So I’d recommend listing these out and then look for trends. What do all of the things you love about your job have in common?
- What do you NOT want to continue doing? Our goal here is to identify what doesn’t work for you in a job and hopefully leave that behind in the next career. If this list is much longer than the first list, then that’s a sign you are definitely not in the right job! What we’re doing is trying to design your ideal job and then get as close to it as possible.
- What motivates you to perform well on the job? This is very different for people. It could be money and commissions, it could be praise and recognition, it could be doing something of service to others, there’s no wrong answer. There’s just you. There is a career for every motivation. And it’s important that you find a career that rewards you in a way that is meaningful to you so that doing your best will effortless.
- What do you feel are some of your top strengths? Don’t over-think this one. Just list out five or six things that you think you are really good at. It could be in managing projects, scheduling, managing people, troubleshooting tech problems, anything. As a side note, many people really don’t know what their strengths are and this is normal. This is because they come so naturally to you that you really don’t even notice them. Often times it takes someone else, whether it’s a career coach, a co-worker or even a career counseling assessment to point it out.
- What do other people say that you are really good at? Think of this way: What do other people come to you for? What are you the "go-to" person for? Other people very often see things that we don’t. Again, it often takes an objective viewpoint in order to fully understand our strengths.
- Are there any skills or interests that you have that weren’t being utilized? Chances are your current job isn’t fully utilizing your talents. What do you love that you don’t get to do at your job? If this list is small, your current job might not be too bad of a match for you. If it’s a long list, then you are definitely in need of a career change because you are not using most of your natural talents.
- Salary & benefits
- Location/ Length of commute
- Company culture
- Satisfaction from the work
- Insert your own???