Time For A Change of Direction?
Change is in the air! Job losses, industries completely disappearing and people realising that they want or need more from their working lives. So how can you reinvent yourself and try a different direction?
Changing direction at any age can be daunting, but it is possible. I am an example of that having spent years as a Radio and Event Producer, but now thanks to one very powerful conversation one evening over dinner, I am now and Executive Coaching and loving every minute of it. So, what can you do to redirect yourself? Firstly, you need to try and identify your strengths and talents. Have a read of the following questions, as they will help you to start to reflect on what you like and don’t like and where your skills really are.
What is the best job that you have ever done or when were you at your best at work? Remember this doesn’t have to be one job, there could be a few.
What were you actually doing at that time? What was your contribution to the job?
What strengths and talents were you using?
What sort of people were you working with or for?
When you are working through the questions try and concentrate on what you were doing rather than the job title or area that you were working in. You may surprise yourself and find that the things that you really do enjoy doing may add up to a job of its own.
Now I would like you to think about some of the external factors that you experienced in the roles you have just considered.
What was the work environment like when you were there? Very corporate or more relaxed and creative?
Were you working in a team or on your own?
Was your work schedule predictable and structured or was there a more fluid approach with added variety?
Also, when going through your skills and strengths, don’t forget to add the following:
What are your academic and professional qualifications?
Do you speak any languages?
What industries have you worked in?
What are the major projects that you have worked on?
What kind of organisations have you worked for? Were they Large, small, profit, non-profit etc?
When you have gone through this on your own, sit down with your friends and family and ask them if your answers resonate with them, or if they can add anything else to this that you might have missed.
Hopefully once you have completed this you will have developed a clearer idea of what all your strengths and talents are and also the kind of work environment that will suit you the best. One of the most important things to remember is that we are happier when we play to our strengths, so this is always a good place to start when thinking about moving in a completely different direction.