Are you fed up doing work you don't really care about? Are you looking to do something more meaningful but aren't sure where to start?
As a Personal Growth Expert, I continually work with people helping them find a more meaningful career path whether that's finding a brand new job or starting a new business. It can be done!
I'd like to share with you my eight tips to kick-start your career change.
Understand what really makes you tick.
We are all unique; we all have different motivators, values and passions. In order to find a job or career that you truly love, you need to get clear about what makes you tick! Ask yourself the following questions: What do you find comes easily to you? What are you drawn to doing? What activities would you do if money were no issue?
What are you naturally good at?
List five people who you trust and respect. Make sure they are from different areas of your life. Ask each of them the following questions: What do you perceive to be my greatest strengths? What do you like most about me? If you needed help with something, what would you call me to help you with?
Build your career blueprint.
Before you start scouring the internet in search of a better job, it's vital that you create your career blueprint, as this will help you to know which jobs you'll be best suited to. Get a blank piece of paper and create six columns.
1. List all of your interests and passions.
2. List yours skills, talents and abilities.
3. List all your job likes and dislikes.
4. List your favourite types of working environment.
5. List your ideal job benefits.
6. List your ideal working location.
Get your ideas down.
Start exploring your options. DO NOT hold back! Let go of ANY limiting thinking and just let your ideas flow, both the logical and pie-in-the-sky. When you've finished, ask yourself which three ideas are really jumping off the page? Which three ideas really excite you and why?
Do your homework.
It's time to start exploring each of your options. Do not close the door until you've fully explored each one. Find out as much as you can about each type of work. The best way to find out what a job is really like is to get some hands on experience. Go and volunteer, get your hands dirty and see how this influences your decisions. Most importantly, use your career blueprint to establish whether this career/job is really right for you.
Time to get in to action.
It's time to create your plan of action. Think about all the milestones you're going to have to tackle during your transition to your new career, from funding, training, research and so on. Break your goal down in to milestones so you don't get too overwhelmed. Your aim is to then take just five action steps each week.
Making any life-change can be tough, so it's important you create your tribe - a team of people who can support and help you along the way. List all the people in your life that you believe can assist you on your journey, from family, friends, neighbours, old work mates or even a coach or mentor.
Start right now.
What are you waiting for? Don't waste your life enduring a job that bores you to tears! Make this year the year you change direction. Start TODAY! If you're in need of help finding a new direction in 2015, get in touch www.thegameoflife.co.uk
Louise Presley-Turner is a Personal Growth Expert and Author of two books. Louise's unique style of coaching has produced some amazing results, helping people to define their goals and turn their lives around with amazing success. Get your FREE life evaluator and life planner now at www.thegameoflife.co.uk