careerchangeboxGet ready for Career Change 3.0 

Are you using Version 1 of your word processing software?

Or browsing with an aging version of Explorer?

Or talking on a land line with a cord and a rotary dial?

I bet your answers were, “No, no and  hell no!”

But most people are still using outdated versions of career change and career strategy,
based on beliefs going back to the 1950s.

Introducing Career Change Version 3.0

Your parents or grandparents changed careers with Version 1. This version operated like a computer program. You’d enter your interests and aptitudes (based on a pencil and paper test) and out would come a list of job titles. Too bad you couldn’t get excited about becoming a florist or a funeral director.

Version 2 was a little more sophisticated. You might take some assessments but you’d really get into heavy-duty navel-gazing. You’d ponder questions about what to write on your tombstone and dream about your ideal career … which seemed very far away.

Version 3 changes the way we think about career change.

  • Nobody gives a hoot about job titles.
  • Research shows that most people don’t change careers in a linear fashion and what’s more, they never did. We replace “vocational aptitude” with “joyful serendipity.”
  • Your career change is all about creating, managing and capitalizing on serendipity.
  • You’ll probably get coached or seek out consultations – not counseling, unless you’ve also got personal issues.
  • Your next career might be a business, a sabbatical, or a totally different role in the corporate world.
  • Sometimes the BEST way to figure out your career challenge is to focus on some other area of your life.
  • Contrary to popular belief, a geographical move might transform your career.

“Same career, same job, new challenge?”

“But what if my strategy isn’t about finding a new career …I’ve got to choose between two offers, decide whether to accept an offer in Outer Montana, or deal with this totally ludicrous performance review.”

You’ll still get better solutions when you work within the Career Change 3.0 model.  The old advice to, “Play the game and follow the rules” might still apply – as long as you recognize that you’re playing a new game with rules that might have changed as recently as yesterday.

If you’re SERIOUS about making changes, decisions or moves … 

To begin, claim your free report, Career Change Secrets Most Coaches Won’t Tell You. It’s designed to help mid-career professionals take their first steps to making any kind of change. You’ll see why the old myths don’t work now (and some never did). And you’ll learn more about me and how I work with clients like you.

If you’d like to work with me one-on-one, please visit this page to learn how I work. 

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Mid-life career change doesn’t always mean moving to a new job. Many people successfully find new, satisfying jobs as they reach their fifties and sixties. However, you can empower yourself by reducing your reliance on the job market and the whims of employers.

Starting a business can seem scary (and it should). Unfortunately, media stories tend to escalate those fears. The truth is, even if 90% of all businesses fail, many of those businesses are *first* businesses. Many people learn from their failures and go on to become successful.

In any case, the twentieth century ideal of a  “job with benefits” may not be a realistic option for many of us. If you’re happily employed now, it’s a good idea to begin getting ready for entrepreneurship. Even if you never need those skills to start a business, you will be a stronger contributor as a corporate executive or manager.

(1) Discuss your plans only with trusted advisors who are not connected to your current company.

(2) Leverage your company’s resources. You might not want to use the tuition plan to pay for coach training or entrepreneurship, but you can grab lots of training in skills like speaking, WordPress, HTML, graphics, finance and more.

(3) If at all possible, begin by taking courses on entrepreneurship and small business at low-cost community colleges; some will be more valuable than others but you’ll begin to get in the groove. You’ll meet other business owners and get inspired by their energy.

(4) Investigate your local Small Business Association (SBA) and talk to a business advisor. These seminars and advisors vary dramatically in quality. Some people said they’re useless but I know others who built a whole business just with SBA advice.

(5) You should be able to get a business plan together with a course or SBA consultation. You can use your start-up funds to get the business going with a website and other marketing tools.

(6) Hang out with other business owners. If you’re in a city with a coworking space (google coworking + your city) find time to work there when you can. (I’m a member of Philadelphia’s IndyHall and can also recommend Benjamin’s Desk here.) These spaces extend the idea of working in a coffee shop: you pay to spend a day or several days with your laptop and notes. You don’t have to keep moving and it’s safe to leave your computer while you go for a break.

If you work at home occasionally, take your laptop and spend a day. Most coworking  spaces have evening or weekend events for members and sometimes their guests.

Coworking people are friendly! They’ll give you lots of informal help and most important, you’ll get a sense of what works.

(7) Don’t be surprised if your entrepreneurial endeavors turn into a corporate job. You’ll be more confident and poised when you’re facing an interviewer. You’ll also impress someone who hired you for a project  when the company’s HR department might have deep-sixed your resume.

Some people are relieved when they get a corporate offer; others value their independence.

Here’s an article about entrepreneurship and the new retirement: http://budurl.com/seniorbiz

And you can download this info product (just $7) that outlines the different kinds of online business models, along with tips for avoiding the most common mistakes:  http://budurl.com/bootup

Of course I’m happy to work with you also, to evaluate options and come up with a plan that helps you reach your definition of success. When time is tight and you can comfortably invest in one-to-one consulting, often this step makes sense to move faster. http://budurl.com/careersession

 

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