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But most people are still using outdated versions of career change and career strategy,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