13 Steps to change your career when your goal is meaningful work (that pays well)
What if your goal isn’t just to make a career change? What if you want to spend your 8-10 hours a day doing something meaningful and that you can get excited about? Oh and BTW, I’d like it to pay me well (and allow me to contribute by helping people in the way I want to)… Is this too much to ask?
In a world where this is not normal, I can understand how it seems impossible. But it’s far from “too much to ask.”
This type of career change does however require a drastically different approach.
One of the biggest reasons that finding this type of work is so hard is because there’s not a clear path to making this type of change. At least until now….
Now, I say process a little bit liberally, because, in reality, this is a very squiggly line type event.
It’s forwards and backwards, and up and down, and all over in order to get to work that matters to you – work that’s much more meaningful, more fulfilling, just better for you – all the way around work that fits.
At the same time, still, there are pieces that everyone goes through to be able to get there. It rarely happens by accident.
So, I want you to know what the exact steps are that we use with every single person behind the scenes, but also that people that we’re not even helping go through as well.
Here are the 13 steps to a successful career change:
- What’s your goal?
- Assess strengths, experience, and assets
- Assess what you’d like to keep (address issue of not having to start over)
- Assess what’s missing in your career
- Create Ideal Career Profile
- Design a Career Test Drive to prove that’s the right direction for you
- Develop a job search plan (terrible name – need to come up with something better)
- Develop target list of Companies/Roles or both
- Begin your search/build relationships (networking! yay!)
- Interview like a badass
- Negotiate your offers
- Accept your offer and happy dance
- Scrap all your training and join the dark side
I go into detail on each of these steps on the audio below.