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Have you been thinking about getting a different job lately? Or perhaps branching off in a new direction?

If so, don’t be surprised.   It’s no secret that many women change careers right about the time they turn 40.  There are plenty of good reasons why so many of us go through career upheaval at this point in our lives.  But I think more important than the “why” is how we go about doing it.  After all, once we Fabulous 40’s make up our minds to do something, nothing is going to stop us!  So we might as well do it right.

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Personally, I have managed to change careers about every 10 years.  Each time, I didn’t necessarily make a conscious decision that it was time to find a new job.  But I get bored easily and like to be challenged, so what better way to keep me on the edge and continue to grow?  

When considering a career change, start by analyzing your current career (or lack of it).  Sit down and make a list of everything you like and don’t like about your current job status.  Be honest!  Don’t exaggerate the good and don’t sugarcoat the bad.  Simply divide a sheet of paper in two columns and write for 15 minutes about the way things really are.

Next, write down everything you want your future career to look like, itemizing all of the perks, such as flexible hours, five weeks’ vacation, a lot of money, etc.  Then compare what you like about your current position with the bullet points that appear on your future career list.  Do you find any similarities, or are they completely different?

Now it’s time to take inventory of all the skills you acquired over the years.  List your experience, skills, certificates, licenses, seminars, etc. and think hard about how you could use your knowledge and expertise to create your dream job.

If you have a good idea of what you want your next career to be, you may find a gap between your current skill level and the requirements of the job.  Therefore, it’s crucial to assess which educational classes, licenses or seminars you will need to become proficient in your new endeavor.

If you’re still unsure about what you want to do, try researching different careers that you find interesting.  Review the information you have gathered, narrow down your selection to two or three that have the most appeal, and dive deeper into your research.

Love What You Do

To succeed in a new career, you must be inspired!   That’s why the career you choose must be something that fills you with passion and enthusiasm.  Of course, the money is important.  But the love for what you do will bring far more satisfaction and money in the long run.  The ultimate goal should always be to create income doing what you do best while loving the concept.

If you don’t know what gets your juices flowing, ask yourself the following questions:

        

  • What is my purpose?
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  • What is my unique gift?
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  • How can it play a larger role from now to the end?
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  • What will it take on my part to achieve success in my new endeavor, and what is the first step towards it?

Answering these questions is critical, because if you don’t know where you’re going, you will never get there.

Once you know where you want to go, the key to getting there is to devise a plan, see it clearly, repeat it constantly, share it cautiously, and shape it continuously.  Then nourish it constantly and let it grow.

Albert Einstein once said: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  You will never get new result unless you take new actions.

Stay tuned for next week as I share my own career changes, as well as my fears, hopes and steppingstones to success

All the best,

Yana



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