Making a career change can seem daunting when you know it’s necessary, but aren’t sure what the change should entail. It’s important to be as strategic as possible, instead of stumbling into something new that may or may not work out.
One of the first steps in exploring what is both possible and realistic is to ask yourself some strategic questions. In considering the following questions, try not to overthink your responses.
7 strategic questions
1. What do you like about your current career as it is today?
2. What don’t you like about your career as it is today?
3. Do you feel trapped by any of the things you don’t like about your career today?
4. If I were to tell you that nine months from now, you’ll lose your current job, what would you do for the next nine months?
5. If you inherited a million dollars, what would you do regarding your career (i.e. take an early retirement, take all of your vacation to travel and then return to work, go get training or education in another field, invest your money into some passive revenue streams or stocks, etc.)?
6. What is holding you back from the career you really want?
7. If you could change three things about your career, what would they be?
(Questions are adapted from the book, Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction, by Matthew Kelly.)
Getting started on your career change
If you know it’s time for a change in your career, especially if you’re experiencing burnout or health issues because of it, you must be intentional about making such a change. It’s too easy to let another week, month, or year at your current job slip by without really thinking about the career you’d like to have.
Answering the above questions is the starting point to a strategic approach. It’s part of the real work required to create a career that’s both satisfying and sustainable. Once you’ve given the above strategic questions some thought, take the next step by considering career coaching to assist you with the rest of the career change process.
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