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But most people are still using outdated versions of career change and career strategy,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. 


Handling criticism on the job

by CathyG on September 29, 2014

Many years ago, when I was a college professor, we had a dean who could be more than a little temperamental. Department heads would come out of meetings swearing and upset. They rarely stood up to the dean. (If you’re not familiar with academic hierarchy, deans are like directors and department heads are more like section leaders or managers.)

manshoutingOur department head was an easygoing guy who had seen combat as an Air Force pilot. He used to come out of meetings whistling and he would laugh about them. He said, “This guy’s nothing compared to the flight instructors I had during my training.”

One of the strongest indicators of career success is the ability to respond to criticism, rejection and even harsh, hostile remarks, whether they’re justified or not. Some people easily let critical remarks wash over them. Others have reactions ranging from anger to depression. A few – very few, fortunately – make headlines when they respond with violence.

Dealing with criticism, along with frustration tolerance and likeability, are among the skills you rarely learn in business school, but they predict career success more than many other qualities. Yesterday’s New York Times featured on article, Learning To Love Criticism by Tara Mohr, on the way women handle criticism, nothing that women receive more personal attacks and often do not respond well to any type of critical remarks.

Mohr says, “Many women carry the unconscious belief that good work will be met mostly — if not exclusively — with praise.” Realistically, good work is often taken for granted; praise can come across as a little patronizing, even as a substitute for genuine work. For a long time managers were told that women (and many men) responded more to appreciation than to tangible rewards.

As women become stronger and men become more open about expressing feelings, perhaps some of the gender differences will become smaller or disappear altogether.

Read the article here and tell me what you think.


Online Education For Mid-Life Career Change

September 17, 2014

Tweet When executives and professionals think of mid-life career change, they often consider a return to school. We’re often programed to associate career development with formal training, and that’s not always a bad thing. Today you don’t even have to leave home to find a new career. You can go online for career change. In […]

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Thinking about leaving? Keep the thoughts to yourself.

September 15, 2014

Tweet Thinking about leaving your job for a new one? It’s rarely a good idea to share your dissatisfaction with anyone on the job – boss or colleagues. Use your own phone and email. Give the company exactly the amount of notice you’re required by the policy manual. In some companies an internal transfer requires […]

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Your First Step to Career Change

July 11, 2014

Tweet Career change often begins with a statement. “I hate my current job. I want a totally different environment. What are some steps I can take to make a move?” Alas, many career books give a false impression. They suggest that career change proceeds at an orderly and very linear pace. Typically, you are advised […]

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Why Career Change Is Like Weight-Lifting

July 11, 2014

Tweet Recently a prospective client sent me an email. “I need a new career. I’m really unhappy where I am now. But I want to work slowly. Can we spread out our calls?” Career change isn’t about speed. It’s about momentum. By way of analogy, if you want to go three blocks, you walk. Want […]

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Can this career be saved: Unreasonable boss

June 15, 2014

Tweet The New York Times has a weekly career column, The Workologist. The Workologist is a journalist, not a career expert, and he’s usually informative as well as entertaining. Let’s paraphrase the published letter. The writer (let’s call her Ashley) writes: “My boss gives me directions via short emails from his phone. I have trouble understanding what […]

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Career Change: Examples of People Who Did It

June 8, 2014

Tweet Good article about mid-life career change that really happened. In these cases, the people had a pretty good idea of what they wanted and just went after it. They also chose entrepreneurial ventures where they had more control. Click here for the story.

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Retirement at 65? 70? Maybe 90…

June 8, 2014

Tweet Here’s an excellent article about the need to postpone retirement in today’s economic and social climate. Many 60+ workers are finding their savings have shrunk along with their property values. The goal of “sell this house, buy a small apartment and enjoy the difference” has morphed to, “Hope we can sell this house someday.” […]

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Mid-Life Career Change: Interviewing For Information

June 7, 2014

Tweet How do you learn about different career options? One method involves interviewing for information. If you’ve been working awhile you probably aren’t sure how to go about this step which can be key to a successful career change.

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Midlife Career Change: The Value-Added Strategy

June 6, 2014

Tweet Today’s Wall Street Journal includes an article, A Real Estate Career With Wall Street Cred. The story describes people who quit their jobs to become high-end real estate agents. For anyone seeking a midlife career change, this article offers some strong examples. For instance, Daniela Sassoun was a private banker in Switzerland. Jack Drapacz has […]

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