Career fulfillment is a 100% personal concept. Fulfillment doesn’t mean you need to wake up every day with hearts and rainbows in your eyes about your job, but it does need to mean that you get true satisfaction from it - beyond a paycheck. What is fulfilling for one person could be a nightmare for another so you will need to define what “fulfillment” means - for you.
I believe that it is absolutely necessary to tap into your creativity if you are even considering a career change.
Career changes come about for several different types of reasons but they all have the same outcome - you have to pivot into something different than what you are doing now. While a lot of people find that terrifying, I see it as the ultimate opportunity to do something that makes you truly happy. It’s the chance to do something that fulfills you in a way your old job didn’t.
So why do I care if you're a good leader or not? Because truly good leaders see career growth on a whole other level. They foster the loyalty and respect of coworkers which leads to being crazy effective on the job and easily recommended for promotions and other opportunities - and that's what we're all about right?
Short answer: A LOT
Longer answer: A lot of overwhelming decisions based on working on… your work.
TL;DR: It’s a longer-than-you-would-like-completely-frustrating-at-times-but-totally-worth-it-process
So how exactly does a career change happen and what goes into it?
Lemme break it down for you with a little thing I like to call The Five I’s. This is 100% arbitrary by the way. I could have picked literally (in the real sense) any letter and forced them into this handy exercise, but today felt like an “I” day… so here ya go:
Introspection: This is where you need to grab a glass of your favorite beverage, find a quiet comfy spot and really dig deep. This is where you need to ask yourself the BIG questions. The what is important to me and why? questions. The will that really make me feel fulfilled? questions. The what gives me a sense of purpose? questions. The what do I value? questions.
Inspiration: Once you’ve taken the time to dig deep into your grey matter and your heart valves, it’s time to let inspiration, the A-Ha’s and Oh Really’s, hit. This is where you draw up a list of all those new-to-you possible careers based on what you decided was important to you during the Introspection phase.
Investigation: Now it’s time to find out if those careers really line up with your ideals, like in real life. This is where you get out there and do some field research. It’s time to experiment with a new skill, volunteer in a new role, research what your day to day would genuinely look like, talk to people to already have the gig you think you might want. Basically, this is the tough but fun stage. This is the work you gotta do on your work. The key here is to be comprehensive and to do the thing with intention. The key to it all? Keep a w-i-d-e open mind. You never know what opportunity will come your way!
Interviewing: Alright, so now you have to actually get the gig. This is going to mean ‘rewriting your narrative’ - which is a fancy way of saying you have to prove that you can do the job. This means showcasing your transferable skills on your LInkedIn profile, your resume and your website. It means being able to explain to potential employers why they should give you a shot. This may mean spending some time filling in skills gaps from your old career to your new. It will mean networking your ass off and getting someone to personally vouch for you.
Indulge: The last “I” is the best “I.” It’s now time to indulge. To simply bask in the awesomeness that is your new career, full of challenges, growth and fulfillment. You worked hard to get here. Enjoy the hell out of it!
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Maybe you have a job, but you’re unfulfilled. Are you climbing the monetary ladder, but your gig isn’t in line with what you see yourself being happy doing long term? Maybe you are looking to switch careers but have no idea which direction to turn. Maybe everyone is telling you you need to “Follow your passion!” but you have no freaking idea what that might be. No matter what your sitch, let me guess… you’re stuck, frustrated, lost and freaking out to varying degrees.
It has become ingrained in our culture that we need to “Follow Your Bliss” and “Do What You Love” and all sorts of other platitudes. And yeah - I believe that you 100% should do the things that bring you joy and that light your fire and yeah, that you’re passionate about. But I do NOT agree that you need to make your passion your source of income.
After 2 (yes TWO) years of drunkenly texting my ex-career, I finally had the talk with myself that someone always has to have with you after a breakup. The “IT’S OVER MOVE ON” talk. The hard truth that your bestie gives you. But unlike a ‘true’ breakup, nobody was telling me they ‘never really liked my career anyway.’ Nobody understood that I was grieving (forget bringing over ice cream to help me grieve!)