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But most people are still using outdated versions of career change and career strategy,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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Your First Step to Career Change

by CathyG on July 11, 2014

jobsearchCareer 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 to take these steps:

* Look inward to find out who you are.

* Identify your strengths.

* Find a career that matches your strengths.

* Apply for jobs in those fields.

* Live happily ever after.

Of course, an experienced career consultant will tell you this is hogwash. The best guide I’ve found is still Herminia Ibarra’s book, Working Identity. The book’s getting old and out of print but you can find it in libraries and online bookstores.

As Ibarra explains, most career change begins by looking out – not in. Here are the steps:

Come up with a few ideas that might work for you.redcheckbox


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Investigate those fields.


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Use your network to explore your idea.


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Get referred to other sources of info.


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Hit a few dead ends and realize your dream job isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.


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 Investigate more fields.


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Talk to more people.


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Run into an old friend at an airport lounge in the Los Angeles area. He says, “Gee, we’re looking for somebody to take a job in our Chicago office. You’re in Chicago. Interested?”


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 Your friend dashes off an email from his laptop. He tells you to call a certain number. You shake hands. You get on your plane for Portland. He gets on his plane for Tokyo.

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A few days later, you call the number. The job isn’t anything like what you’ve been looking for. But it sounds intriguing. You go on a few interviews that feel more like social chats with a bunch of old friends. Before you can return a call from your career coach, you’re on a new payroll.

So do you have to take a fatalistic approach?

Not at all. You can give serendipity a little push.

Keep moving. Talk to lots of people. Instead of calling strangers for “interviews for information,” use your network. Apply for LOTS of jobs. Develop confidence and radiate a positive, optimistic outlook.

I’m not being woo-wooey. More research shows that we like to be around others who are confident, energetic and upbeat. The more people you meet and the more friends you make, the more likely you are to hear the magic words, “Gee…maybe you’d like to consider our company.”

And the rest, as they say, will be history.

Teach Your Intuition to Send You a Text Message (Not a Post Card): http://www.midlifecareerstrategy.com/intuitionbook.html

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