Ditch it. Switch it. Relaunch it. Ditch? Switch What? Your career! That’s what.
A recentarticlesharedGoalcast 8 steps to a successful career change. I reflected on which were more important, but coming from a place of experience in HR Leadership. I must agree that all is important. No step can be omitted if you want to do what you love.
Need a job to survive? Get one. You’ve gotta survive but once that’s done, don’t take your mind off where you want to go. Don’t settle. Each step is a journey to success. Here I share the 8 points with my own twists to get you moving.
1.Reflect on Why You Want to Change Your Job
Been doing the same thing for many years. Want a change. Got married. Started a family and you want to be available for the initial growth of yourkids. Empty-nester whowants to go on a different path. To try a new thing. To go on a different direction. Or you need personal growth.
Whateverthesituation, reflect on why you want to change.
2.Think about what you would like to do instead
What do you reallylike to do? What brings you the most satisfaction? What drives you to jump out of bed in the mornings? When do you feel like you’re working hard but not feeling it? Not realizing that time is passing by? Think about it. Then do that.
3.Think How you Can Achieve It
What canyouDo to achieve it? Think about it. Is there a gap in the skills that you have and theskillsthatyou’ll need to get into the new career that you want? If you don’tknow go to the next step.
Go do your research.
If it’s a new career then find out what you need to be successful. Do you have the skills? Certifications?
Don’t know what you want to do? Search. Do assessments to get to know you.
5.Investigate the Job Market
Are there jobsavailable for yourdesired career? Are you relocating …or do you need toconsiderrelocating? How much does the job pay? Will it meet yourdesiredstandardof living? Investigate things like that.
6.NarrowDown your Options
Gather the data you researched about your career. Reflect on it. Analyze it. Picture yourself doing it, then make your decision. Select a path.
7.Create a plan
When will you be able to make the switch? Do you have enough money to make the change. If not plan it.
8.Create a Resume
Now it’s to time to create yourresumeto suit the jobyouwant. Need help there are lot ofresource out theirfrom career counselors, google, resume writers to templates online.
Consider your skills. Pull together those skills relevant to the job you want. Tailor your resume to match the job You want.
Need help to make the leap? Let’s Connect or do it yourself through gleaning through my new book Ditch It. Switch It.
Dream. Yep dream but don’t share it. Dream but don’t tell it. Dream but follow the path that lights the way.
Joseph the young lad dreamed, but through ignorance he shared with his brothers. They fought, connived, and buried him to rid him of his dream. Buried him they did but he grew to heights above. Twas exactly as he dreamed that they’d bow down to him.
So let this be your reminder to dream but keep it safe in that quiet place in your heart. At the right time, it will be revealed.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard
A sprint. A jog. A run. A walk. I sat on a bench in the park stretching. I watched health and fitness enthusiasts do what they love. I stretched more, then reflected on life. Where are we now? The tethered years fly by …up close slowly; looking back, it’s a flash. I then began scrolling, and there popped the question from a social media forum:
Describe Your Life in ONE Word
Curious, I scrolled through the list of responses. Some were positive, some nonchalant, while others were filled with a bask of the negatives. Here I share a few of the comments:
Does any of the above responses resonate with your life right now? Can you add any that’s missing? Do share. We would love to hear!
The hustle and bustle of the season. Families come together. The air is different. Nature speaks. Music and lights sounds in sweet accord. Travel soars. Food Galore. Delightful Gifts drolls stress for those in retail yet brings smiles as currencies are exchanged for sales. The beauty of the season can be seen through eyes of purpose.
I had the pleasure of sitting in on an intimate conversation with Reggae Music’s Matriarch Patricia Chin in an interview with G. Cole, as she celebrated 40 years of founding VP Records. She has promoted and released music for renowned artists the likes of Shaggy, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Beres Hammond, Taurus Riley, Romain Virgo, Etana, Elephant Man, Morgan Heritage, Lady Saw, Freddie McGregor, Dennis Brown and many more. Taking Reggae music from unknown to where it is today, she shared tips on how entrepreneurs and goal-seekers can achieve Success in today’s fast changing world. Here I share 24 of my personal faves:
24 Inspiring Tips For New Entrepreneurs
As life evolves, keep up. There’s opportunity for everyone.
Think outside the box – do what others aren’t doing
Always think of new ideas
Get into the full circle of business
Listen to the customer
Collaborate.Create partnerships. Help others
Think of market needs and how can you help meet those needs
Teach as you go along
Sometimes it’s not the right time. Be patient. Wait.
Continuous learning. Unlearn. Relearn. Just learn. Grow
The journey is hard but if you stick with it and have a passion you can make it
Competition is good.
Keep striving and try to do the best you can and you will make it
Do what you must. Learn. If you can’t speak the language find another way to communicate
There’s enough for everyone if we do it right
Let no one stop you. Go after what you want.
Have passion and a goal
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Surround yourself with positive people
In her line of business Pat Chin summarized that her greatest achievement was watching her artists evolve to stardom and notoriety. In her words “Music never dies. The sweetness is there still”.
From the list above, what works for you? Do share. We would love to hear.
A lesson will keep repeating itself until it is learned. Life first will send the lesson to you in the size of a pebble; if you ignore the pebble, then life will send you a brick; if you ignore the brick, life will send you a brick wall; if you ignore the brick wall, life will send you a demolition truck.”- Oprah
You spend most of your day doing exactly what you wanna do when you wanna do it.
Alana has a craving that she wants to fill real time but she can’t leave the house. She gets on her Uber Eats App, orders ice-cream. 20 Minutes later a delivery person shows up with a bag that she’s able to indulge and satisfy her craving.
Going to the airport and can’t be bothered with the parking headache? Enter Uber. You call a cab on your App and within minutes a driver shows up. You get to the airport and what’s more you do the reverse on your return.
A full-time employee messes up, they’re fired at will and an immediate skilled replacement is contracted until the employer chooses to fill the position long term. Alas often it seems workers in the Gig economy are ‘hired‘ to work on demand for a revolving period, then exchanged for a replacement for yet another short term. The perceived benefit —no payment of fixed benefits costs.
Gig Economy Defined
In a Gig economy, temporary, flexible jobs are commonplace and companies tend toward hiring independent contractors and freelancers instead of full-time employees. ~Investopedia.
We could go on and on. Convenience is the order of the day. We want it done and right away. In our microwave society everything is almost immediate. If that need is not met, we scream in complaint, throw a fit, become enraged, cancel orders and more.
A young millennial smiled in response to a news-reporter’s question. She spends most of her day doing what she wants… when she wants. She commutes around town charging scooters. This is a common comment from this generation. Autonomy is the order of the day. Gone are the days when they leave school and get a life-time job. They want autonomy. They want to work when they want to work because they enjoy tremendous flexibility, independence and rid themselves of monotony.
Susan Milligan in a Society for Human Resource(SHRM) article asserts that there are two types of gig workers. Those who have no desire to work full-time and those who are in the midst of a job search for full-time opportunities but will work to get an influx of cash while they search. I dare say there are still those who work full-time but need to increase their income to save for a specific goal, as an Uber cab driver shared with me in New Orleans. Her daughter needed to travel for a school event so she was driving at nights to give her the opportunity to attend.
As this phenomenon becomes more widespread, the downsides of a lack of sustained income, benefits, responsibility for their own taxes sometimes attracts stress. But it seems the supplemental income drives the benefits for temporary or long term gain. The ideal getaway can be had by doing some gigs on the side or on a sustained basis. No need to be turned down due to scheduling issues. They go when they want and where they want.
The Change. The Times.
Signs of the times. Caution to employers or older generations who want to hold on to tradition. A career that lasts a lifetime – work for years with the same company then move on when retired or sadly these days, are replaced by the rapid changes in technology and innovation.
As I have always cautioned, to stand still is to be left behind. Embrace the changes, do what you must and survive the long haul. Thoughts? Do share. We would love to hear.
Time. Overthinking. Distractions. Those were some of the thoughts from writers as they reflected on the issues encountered when they want to write. Here I share 21 as writers chimed in response to the forum question:
What do you struggle with the most when writing?
6.Focus on one topic / idea at a time
11. Knowing when to stop
12. Taking what you’ve learned and start another book
14, Losing traction
15. Sitting down to actually write
16. Starting but not completing a story
20. Being left alone
As a writer, can you identify with any of the above Struggles? Any missing? Do share. We would love to hear.