Howdy! I know you’re here because you’re looking for coaching for a career change and you’re in the right place.
I specialize in helping people change careers and it’s daunting. It can be even terrifying.
Common reasons for considering a career change are feeling like your current job isn’t working out or it’s time to change because you’ve been in one specific area long enough. Sometimes it feels like far too long. A lucky few have worked for some time to further their education or other training to make the change.
For example, after several years as a recruiter, I returned to school while working full-time and earned my MBA.
In any event, it can seem like an impossible mission to “start over,” fearing for lower pay or being seen as “entry-level” all over again, or just not knowing where to begin.
Where do you start?
Where do you start? And how do you make that switch without starting all over? Is there anyone who can help?
Well, yeah, actually there is.
Think of me as your tour guide through the process of improving your quality of life at work.
Undoubtedly, if you’re considering making a change its because there are elements of your current situation that are unacceptable.
Nobody considers destroying a perfectly good career and lifestyle unless there’s something not so “perfectly good” about it.
Unfortunately, our fear of change and fear of the unknown will keep us stuck in a terrible situation forever. It could be worse someplace else, right?
But why would you ever proceed in a situstaion that is worse?
Your next situation could be better! In fact, with a little planning and help, your next situation will absolutely be better.
There’s no reason you would need to “trade down” for a lesser role in a worse situation.
It’s an absolute certainty you could always keep your current situation while you identify the best path forward.
Most importantly, improving your outlook and confidently getting in action on a new life will also improve your quality of life at home, and then the rest of your life.
You see, the concepts required to make a successful career change are applicable to and learnable by anyone. As they become habits, you’ll find they make a difference everywhere.
Look, at the end of the day, what I want you to know is when you’re looking for coaching for career change, there are three things you want to be sure are in that program.
Whether you hire me or someone else, be sure you qualify him this way.
1. Coaching for career change starts with clarity
The number one thing is you want to be certain you’re getting help in terms of being clear. “What it is that you want in the change, and why?”
What is the ultimate goal for you, not just in the contents of the job, but also, why do you want the career change? Is career change really the problem, or is there something more fundamental, that even changing jobs isn’t gonna fix?
Sometimes, the answers aren’t immediately apparent. These can be difficult questions to answer initially, but there’s a simple framework that helps to sort it out.
With a little bit of coaching and introspection, it’ll become more evident, and you’ll be able to be clear on your priorities and the right path forward. Whether that’s a career change or any other thing, pay attention to what I’m about to mention because it can make or break our satisfaction at work. These things can make or break our sense of success.
Find clarity right now with the Career Clarity Formula.
2. Coaching for career change involves making great connections
The second thing you want to be sure your coach is going to cover with you is relationships.
Often, we’re not successful at work, or we feel like it’s not going well, because we don’t have great relationships at work.
If you’ve been like me, you might have changed jobs one after another and found your relationships at work didn’t change. In the same way, regardless of changing jobs, job satisfaction didn’t change.
I ultimately realized, the problem wasn’t necessarily changing careers. It was actually developing better relationships with my coworkers, with my boss, even with my wife, at the time. When I really got committed to having great relationships and started tolerating nothing else and managing boundaries in those areas, suddenly, not only did satisfaction improve, but so did my personal relationships. That really made a huge difference in my career — and in my life!
Suddenly, it was less about the place I worked and it was more about having great relationships.
Make sure your coach will address relationships with you, as relationships are going to be critical.
Create some relationships
If you’re going to make a successful career change, you’re gonna have to create some new relationships, and you might as well start creating the right ones.
It’s not magic, anyone can learn. Anyone who’s graduated high school is capable of applying the skills. There are thousands of people in the world who specialize in creating relationships. The problem is most of us don’t learn these skills in high school, or college or graduate school. Most of the places you’ll ever work aren’t going to put a real fine point on the quality of relationships.
Sure, they’ll punish people whose relationships are horrible, or even eliminate them.
Sometimes they’ll even, unfortunately, reward people who are terrible to work with. It’s confusing, right?
But you can have relationships that work, regardless of where you work or who you work with, and that’s going to make the difference.
You want to be sure your coach is going to support you in creating relationships that help you get into the change, through the change, and successfully into the role/job and the new career, so that it works for everyone involved.
Finally, the third critical element of career change coaching is leadership skills.
3. Coaching for career change must include leadership skills
The third thing that you want to be sure is present in coaching for a career change is leadership skills because a lot of our success at work, whether we know it or not, is dependent on leadership, leadership training.
Leadership skills are not rocket science ideas; anyone can apply them. Six-year-olds can apply leadership skills and relationship skills. If you’ve ever had a boss or coworker who acted like a six-year-old, you know the skills are transferrable.
The point here isn’t that leaders are childish. On the contrary, if a six-year-old can make it to adulthood without maturing, still following the same behavior habits as the immature child, then a child can learn the basics of leadership and take those habits into adulthood. Any adult can learn and practice and master leadership skills too.
Often we don’t learn the most productive ones and that shortcoming follows us around throughout our whole lives. We never know, and no one coaches us for those because
“If we’re not a leader, why do we need leadership skills?“
Well, I’m here to tell you leadership skills are the difference between success in your career, and happiness, and satisfaction versus not ever being happy.
No matter your career or your company or your boss, or your job, true success and satisfaction is going to require some leadership skill to be applied. You’ll also want to learn to recognize and choose good leaders to surround yourself with.
Again, these aren’t rocket science ideas, but they’re the three important things you want to be sure your coach for career change brings to the game.
- Be sure you’re working on clarity of purpose and you’re really understanding what you want to accomplish and why.
- Make sure you’re working on creating great relationships in the transaction with your career coach, through the career change, and into your new job.
- Master and apply leadership skills so important in your career and your life.
Also, you’re going to find that you’re going to be more influential. You will create more teaming on the way into and through the change. You will be finding yourself getting more support from people in your life and around you, throughout the process, as you begin to learn and apply some fundamentals of purpose, relationships, and leadership skills.
Something I want to provide you here as you download the formula is some one-on-one help. Get the formula, and when you get it, you’ll find that it offers you a coaching session. I want to meet with you. I want to show you how this works, and I want to help you get a really clear plan for how to implement your career change.
In that session, we’ll talk about what’s most important over the next several months, and how to create the path and plan for your successful career change. I look forward to meeting you.
My name is Dylan Cornelius, and I am the Career Coach.