Looking for new career ideas? Are you
feeling frustrated in your job, but just don't know what else to do?
Have you got a good idea of the kind of work you don't want but not a
clue about what you do want?
Read on to find out about 8 ways you can
explore new career ideas and come up with the elusive answer to your
career change challenge.
One of the main reasons people struggle
with career change is that they fail to think outside the box. Their
ideas are really just more of the same. Here are some ways to help you
to begin to think laterally. Start by looking inwards and then focus
Don't just look at the skills you have gained at work, but consider
what you do in your spare time too. What talents have you been able to
grow through your interests and community work? How could you use these
in a job?
Given that many people fall into jobs in an unplanned way, take time
now to think about what you really enjoy doing. Go right back to when
you were a kid. What really gave you a buzz? What jobs would allow you
to feel that same excitement?
What have you done that you are proud of? Again, not just at work.
Maybe the part you played in putting on a local drama club production
gave you a real sense of satisfaction. What does that suggest about the
kind of work that would be satisfying for you?
Just what makes you tick? Do you know what kind of person you are?
Being in a job that fits your personal style is like wearing
well-fitting shoes. What kind of work would allow you to feel truly at
5. People watch.
Take a look at the people around you, both friends and casual
encounters. What jobs are they doing? Look at parts of their job, not
the whole thing. What aspects of their work appeal to you and what do
you think you would dislike? What does that tell you about the work
that would be right for you?
6. Work shadow.
If you have a few ideas that sound interesting, then see if you can
fix up to volunteer somewhere where you can get an inside view. Or
shadow someone for a day, for an hour or even just meet up with them for
coffee and a chat and then pick their brains and dig below the surface
of the job to find out more about what is involved. Check whether it
would be worth investigating further.
7. Be a career researcher.
Just watch the world with job seeker eyes. There are 100s of jobs out
there that never appear in any careers encyclopedia. Be alert to the
jobs referred to directly or indirectly when you are reading the paper,
watching TV or listening to the radio. See if you can identify a dozen
new career ideas every week that you never realized existed before. One
of these could be just what you are looking for.
8. Turn off your inner censor.
So what are you waiting for? Start exploring today!
Just for a while switch off the 'yes, but' voice in your head. Allow
yourself to explore ideas uncritically. Open your mind to the enormous
pool of possibilities out there and look for something that really
captures your enthusiasm. Just what would you do if anything was
possible? Once you feel inspired, the 'yes, but' responses are much
easier to challenge.