Sorry for the absence, it has been a really busy and challenging time due to the middle school transition for my oldest. Although the last two months have been action packed, I have found myself spending quite a bit of time moving past being the go-to coach for my friends, to now getting referrals from them to also coach friends of friends. Interestingly enough, one topic has come up consistently in the conversations I have had with these individuals: How do I find a job that is more emotionally fulfilling and rewarding?
Since Fractured Brilliance serves as my online repository of advice and resources, for myself, my family and friends, on topics I find myself continuously having, I naturally thought it would be a great idea to add my advice around career transitions to Fractured Brilliance. Therefore today, I am officially launching a Career category to the blog! In this category, I will post articles on career development, leadership advice and much more!
Perhaps you are asking what kind of professional background I have and why do friends turn to me for advice. Well, let me share the backstory to how I became the friend that coaches. I started my career in the fashion industry. A few years into my roles in corporate sales and marketing, I transitioned into the nonprofit sector, focusing on community engagement and the development of diversity inclusion programs, where I spent nearly a decade, before deciding to get a Master in Public Administration (MPA). After graduate school, I transitioned into higher education administration and focus my work on leadership development and diversity inclusion components.
Over the last decade, I have coached hundreds of mid-career professionals through career transitions and have provided guidance on program development and diversity inclusion tactics. This experience has allowed me to now have a great handle on practices that I can share with many of my colleagues and friends. Therefore, when people ask me, “How do I find a job that is more emotionally fulfilling and rewarding?” I say the following:
You already know what you want to do and it very well may be something new, unheard of and needed!
One of the most difficult aspects of identifying new opportunities is narrowing down the possibilities. Most people know exactly what they would like to do with their career, but often times think that their dream job is not a real job and rule it out. Yet, new careers are created and niche markets carved out on a daily basis. For instance, Uber and Lyft are two of the leading transportation companies today and they don’t own any cars. The idea of ordering a cab service through your cellphone, from a company that owns NO cars seems totally normal today and an obvious opportunity, but when the founders floated the idea out loud, I am sure a few people looked at them like they were crazy! I say, take that crazy idea and put a name and a timeline on it!! It is likely that your passion services a new market and resolves an old problem in a new way.
Identify the skill set you need for the new role and get them!
That’s right! Let’s make that job real. Do your research and identify what skill set you would need for the job. Put those on a list and smile as you check off all the skills you already possess—take this as affirmation that you already have what it takes to make this dream job a reality! Take the skills you aren’t able to check off and transfer them to another list which will become your must-have items for your next job. Why? Because….
Your career is a journey not a destination
Often times, as we are exploring different industries and jobs in an effort to identify our passions, we feel our careers are scattered and lacking direction. However, using this lens to view our careers completely disregards the circumstances that have motivated us to seek change. If we instead looked at every experience as a contribution to the list of skills referenced above, and as necessary steps in our careers, suddenly we begin to feel less lost and better guided by our intuition. I advise you focus on acquiring a diverse array of skills for your ideal job, as opposed to mastering one or two skill sets, and do this knowing it is all a necessary part of your journey.
One last piece of advice…
I come across many professionals who do not pursue their dreams with a sense of urgency because they see it as a plan B they will turn to later on in the future. However, I gently remind these individuals that if they are in a job they do not love and are not excited to come to everyday, then they are already living their plan B! Together, I am sure we can create a plan to make that dream job happen.
Until next time my brilliant friends,