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Change Careers Confidently

 Break out of your rut.
 Have the courage to make the change you crave.
⤷ Change with confidence and no regrets.

Too many employees are unhappy and they don’t know how to break the cycle:

1. 2/3 of employees are disinterested or indifferent in their work and workplace.
–Gallup Research
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2. “Workers stay in unsatisfying jobs or industries due to low confidence and/or the challenge of breaking out of a career rut.”
–Moneypenny
3. “80% of people who left their roles between 2021 and 2022 regretted the decision.”
–Paychex

What are happy employees doing differently?​

1. 20% of people changed careers successfully.

2. 1/3 of people are enthusiastic and involved in their work and workplace.

3. Successful career changers have confidence and a good plan to change careers.

Are you ready to be happy at work?

With an updated mindset and a good plan, you can change jobs and enjoy your work too!

A successful career change includes the following:​

How do we do it?

Six-Step Proven Path to a Successful Career Change

Like any major life change, there’s been a well-understood process for performing a successful career change for decades. Here are the time-tested steps to guide your career change journey.
But don’t take our word for it…

Here's what our clients say:

George clarified his career direction.
George confidently found clarity in his career path and chose to narrow his focus to strategic communications within his company. Not only did he direct his focus, but he also quickly overcame burnout and achieved a work-life balance.
Ayeesha left her nine-to-five job and started a portfolio career.
Ayeesha was trapped in a nine-to-five job. She longed for something that resonated with her purpose in life. Her journey is a testament to the power of self-awareness, growth, and the unwavering pursuit of happiness.
Karen changed careers and started a business!
Karen got out of the rut, got her best job ever, and even got married!

About Dylan

As I found myself passed over for promotions four times in three years and struggling in my marriage, I began looking at what wasn’t working in my career and life.

 

I saw counselors, therapists, coaches, sponsors, doctors, nutritionists, and attorneys, and participated in programs including AA, Al-Anon, Toastmasters, WeightWatchers, Landmark Worldwide, and Right Management.

 

**When asked what I wanted, I had no answer.**

 

The more clear I became about what I wanted and what I could contribute beyond just the job description, the more I enjoyed my career.

 

I saw that I’d been working on other people’s dreams and ignoring on my own.

 

When I clarified what I wanted and valued, and stopped ignoring my own interests and concerns, I changed careers, got picked to lead teams, and met an amazing woman who trained me for my first two marathons. I lost 50 pounds and became a triathlete for fun.

 

As a result of my experience, I committed to helping others find a path that works better for them too. Nobody should have to spend years struggling, when the answers are there, but nobody’s telling them.

Not sure?

If you’re not sure yet that this is for you, here’s a breakdown of the program roadmap, step-by-step.
Here are the keys to a successful career change:

1. Identify the best career for you

Establish self-awareness and understand your fitness for specific roles, rather than taking the first job available.

1. Identify the best career for you

The place to start any significant personal change is to explore your interests, strengths, motivations, and goals.

Whether you’re seeking to correct a problem or seeking a new achievement, you want to be confident you’re moving in the best direction, rather than creating a new problem with the best of intentions.

Reflective work that establishes more self-awareness and certainty in your goal will help ensure a successful and sustainable transition.

As examples: My client George wanted to clarify his career direction as a communications professional, and after reflection on his priorities and career goals, he chose to focus on strategic communications inside his company.

My client Karen wasn’t happy in her high-paying and responsible management role, and after reflection, she realized she’d been staying in that role for status reasons, not because she wanted or needed the job. When she realized her predicament, she quit her job and started a business.

The problem is:

  • You don’t know what you want to do (if you did, you’d be doing it already!) 

  • You don’t know how to make a living doing something you haven’t already done. 

  • You don’t know how to get a job doing something you haven’t done.

If so, what you need to do is: 

  • Identify what you need and want in a new career.

  • Acknowledge and overcome your fears.

  • Develop self-confidence, a growth mindset, and the skills you’ll need to transition successfully.

This will allow you to:

  • Clarify your purpose in life.

  • Have confidence about your potential, career choice, and ability to change careers successfully.

  • Align your personal and professional interests.

2. Create a confident mindset: Overcome skepticism and fear

An uncertain future can seem scary, and the thought of changing your status quo to move toward that uncertainty can be debilitating.

2. Create a confident mindset Overcome skepticism and fear_

Work on your confidence, commitment, growth and abundance mindset. Along the way, you’ll find self-awareness and a better understanding of how to motivate yourself and operate in your day-to-day lives.

As examples:

Omario created confidence, in his words:

I have an insane amount of confidence that I did not have 6, 7, 8 months ago.” 

—Omario K., Attorney and Professor

Ayeesha created confidence, in her words:

I’m growing to be stronger. I’m learning how to be more assertive. I’m learning how to enforce my boundaries. I’m learning how to speak up, and I wanna grow to be more of all of those, all of the above, so I can be happy. Like with everything I have, that’s all I really want. And if I’m not happy working nine to five, I’m not gonna do it anymore. That’s it. I don’t care.” 

—Ayeesha K., Business Manager

The problem is that the minute you begin to choose a new direction, the status quo will immediately call you back.

Our minds function to keep us in the current comfortable rut, and will always pull you away from new or uncomfortable experiences.

Your life got you where you are today, and the status quo reinforces itself. It does not push you to new futures, except in crisis.

The solution for you here is to: 

  • Identify what’s holding you back

  • Create a plan to overcome what’s holding you back

  • Establish a confident mindset

Once you do you’ll:

  • Begin to have clarity of what you need to change.

  • Begin to create a plan for change.

  • Be confidently in action where your career change is involved.

3. Explore Alternatives: Market Research

If you already know where you want to go, all you have to do is build a path and a plan.

3. Explore Alternatives Market Research

If you’re not so sure, you’ll build a bridge from your history to the future you defined in Step 1.

Karen set an example, she went from employed to in business in a year. In her own words:

If I had not gone through this process, and Dylan hadn’t pushed me to really look at what I wanted to do, and to start to do that, so, now my career is completely different from when I started with Dylan, and I’m really enjoying it. I think this is probably a career that I’m working harder than I ever had, but I’m also happier than I’ve ever been, working in this career.

—Karen W., Community Manager

The problem is that sometimes you don’t know where to start.  Remember, you owe it to yourself to consider alternatives.

The solution is to research interesting options to have credible market data and targets for further exploration.

4. Relationship Development

Your existing network got you where we are, but by definition it can’t get you someplace new.

4. Relationship Development

For you to change careers into something new, you’ll have to build an extension of your network into that area.

The problem here can be that you will not have enough relationships in the area of our new job search.

Other than telling us to be a team player, there is very little training in the world about how to build an effective team and get good results.

The solution here is to meet people who share the same interests.

As you start doing so, you’ll  find that people naturally want to help you and have a wealth of helpful information.

5. Team and Community Development

Conventional wisdom already has it that most people get their jobs through people they know.

5. Team and Community Development

A job hunt is the perfect opportunity to expand the network of people you know.

Modern communications technology and social media makes it easier than ever to find and meet people who are in your target role, work with people in your target role, or hire people in your target role.

The problem is you can’t go far until you go together.

We receive very little training in our lives about how to build community and operate at scale. In general, you’re encouraged or required to do it alone and stay disconnected, which kills your ability to gain mass influence and scale.

Besides telling us to work well in a team, there isn’t much training out there on how to create a community and achieve results.

Once you learn it you’ll know how to build and use a team and community to get the results you want, fast. You’ll have help and support, even from people you’ve just met.

6. Get a good job

Includes our “Get a good job” program after you identify your ideal career

6. Get a good job
1. Choose your job:
  1. Know yourself – Establish self-awareness and understand your fitness for specific roles, rather than taking the first job available.

  2. Know your role – Establish awareness of how a role fits in the broader organization, rather than simply write a resume that matches the job description.

  3. Choose your boss – Interview to understand the business and your future role in the overall company, rather than simply to “get the job.”

2. Spread the word:
  1. Clarify your brand – Express who you are and your fitness for the job you want.

  2. Ubiquitize your brand – Deliver your message everywhere a likely employer or advocate may be.

  3. Meet people – Develop confidence as you create new relationships and get positive feedback.

3. Take your pick:
  1. Negotiate confidently – Be confident that you have good pricing information, and be in a strong negotiation position.

  2. Take your time – The bigger your hurry, the weaker your negotiation position.

  3. Celebrate, knowing you got the best offer and the best job available!

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