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Changing Careers: What do you want?

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When you have decided this is indeed the time to change careers, you need to be clear about what you want next.

Once you have determined that this is indeed a good time to change you career, the next step is to create your criteria. Grab your favorite pen or computer and answer these questions:

  1. Be clear about what is missing from the job you have now. What do you want that you don’t have?
  2. Decide on the life and work values that are top priority for you. What can you not compromise on?
  3. List the strengths and experience you want to use in your next career. What are you best at?
  4. What passions do you bring to this career?
  5. What do you definitely NOT want to do?

This probably isn’t a one-time exercise. Keep the questions and your answers handy for at least a few days and preferably over a few weeks.

  • Do your answers stay exactly the same?
  • Do they change a little?
  • Do they evolve?
  • Are they all over the board?

What do the answers to these last four questions tell you about your readiness to change your career?


If your answers continue to change radically, you may be stuck. Most of us think of stuck as having too few choices, but not being able to choose among many choices keeps us just as immobile. If that is happening to you, contact me right away to talk about my Career Exploration Program that helps you move from stuck to free.


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