Do you have those days where you feel like you've just "had enough" with your current job and are ready to jump right into a new career that you've been dreaming about?
We all have those days. I know I have.
I remember when I was on a career path that became very unfulfilling, and I was ready for a change. I loved working with students as a mentor, and I decided I wanted to become a teacher. I was ready to quit my job that day to pursue a teaching career.
I didn't know it at the time, but I probably wasn't all that ready to take a teaching job right then and there. I hadn't considered essential questions like "how do I get credentialed?" "what is a typical teacher's salary?" "how do you find a teaching job?" and most importantly "will I even like being a teacher?"
Just those questions alone made me feel overwhelmed and lost. I knew I wanted to work with students, and thought teaching would be an ideal career, but I didn't know where to start. After some further consideration, I decided I wasn't ready to quit and become a teacher quite just yet.
However, it was important for me to find out the answers to my questions about becoming a teacher, so I decided I would find ways to "try out" being a teacher before spending too much time and money pursuing a career I didn't even know if I liked yet!
Fortunately, there is no shortage of opportunities for volunteers and tutors to help students in need. I took advantage of these opportunities, and I volunteered as a tutor with a local non-profit organization, in addition to attending informational sessions, and interviewing friends and contacts who were teachers to find out more information.
Ultimately, my research and volunteer experience paid off. When I was finally ready to take the leap into a new career, I had so much useful information that prepared me for the challenges ahead, and a strong network to help me in my new career. Not only that, but I now had experience to know that teaching would be a career that I would enjoy.
What career are you ready to "test drive"?
When you're feeling stuck and looking for clarity in your career direction, it's common to hear a lot of advice centered around "Following Your Passion." It's optimistic and idealistic advice, but also can keep you feeling overwhelmed and lost when searching for your next career direction.
While it's possible to find a career that suits your biggest strengths, values and interests, finding a career that fully embodies your life's "passion" can create a lot of pressure and stress, and with it a lot of blocks towards discovering a truly fulfilling career.
Check out this week's Career Chat, which uncovers the blocks that are created by "following your passion," and how to overcome them.
In our careers, we need "Fans" to help us find our way and achieve the career success we desire.
Fans are anyone who will buy into YOU.
Professional contacts, employers, and friends who will recommend or hire you for jobs don't just buy what's on your resume, or what job skills you have to offer, but they want to buy into who you are inside and out. These fans want to buy into what you're passionate about, what excites you, and what you can do that can make them feel the same passion and excitement that you have.
As you search for your next steps in your career, don't put too much pressure on "Networking" to find that next job or career path. Instead, focus on an approach that's easy, effective and authentic - "Make Fans."
This week's "Career Convo Live" discusses how you can effectively find "Fans" that will open up a world of possibilities in your career.
Do you sometimes feel as if all of your peers are living different lives, succeeding where you are struggling, and ahead of where you thought you'd be in your life and career?
In this week's video, learn how common it can be to fall into the "Comparison Trap," and how to avoid it so you can discover the road towards a fulfilling career that is unique to you.
In this week's video, learn about the power of Informational Interviews and how they can bring incredible benefits to your career at any stage.
If you're looking for a way to gain more career clarity, discover career or job options, or obtain a promotion and a raise, you'll learn how Informational Interviews can bring all of that to you and more!