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When thinking about reinventing and chang-
ing your career, there is no perfect approach
for everyone. There are many routes to take
and more than one might work for you.
Finding and Testing a New Career
The key in this step of the process is to "craft
some experiments" and try out different possibilities
to see how they feel to you. By implementing these
low-cost, low-risk projects, you'll be able to get
greater clarity without necessarily quitting your job.
Here are some of the benefits of crafting exper-
• Confirming whether a career is appealing to
• Allowing you to try different skills, and see if
you get satisfaction from using them.
• Enabling you to assess any themes or patterns
that emerge from your experiments.
• Getting you to move forward.
As you go about crafting these experiments to try
out different fields, here are some questions you
should keep in mind:
• Would I enjoy this field and the people who
work in it?
• Does it come easily and would I be good at it?
• Could I make a living doing this work? ("a living"
is different for everyone)
• Is there room for promotion/growth in this
• How stressful is the work? Will it fit with my
Different Ways to
Change Careers and Reinvent
Once you have completed the self-exploration
phase (analyzing your motivated skills, interests, val-
ues, motivators, and behavioral style), you'll be ready
to move forward toward your goal. Here are several
different ways to craft experiments and reinvent:
One way to try out a new career or field is to
engage in volunteer work in the new arena, by finding
an organization that intrigues you. It will provide
you with an unlimited view into how this type of
work fits your interests, passions, and goals. And,
it will provide you with insight as to whether your
skills match up to this type of work. At the same
time, volunteering can open up new networking
avenues/contacts for you, which may be useful later
if you decide to pursue this field on a more permanent
Work Part Time.
A similar approach would
be to keep your current job
(or a reduced hour version of
your current job), and then
start working part time for a
company you are interested in
or in a job that you desire. So
much work is contracted out that
you can get experience working in
a prospective career through free-
lance and/or temporary work.
If you like your company but just
don't like your job (i.e. the skills you
are using on a daily basis), think about
transferring within your company. You
could first start out by volunteering to
work on a project or task force in a dif-
ferent area of the company. This option
will of course involve getting buy-in from
your manager and perhaps other senior indi-
viduals in your organization.
Another method of reinventing involves formal
education and or additional training. If you know
your future direction and can afford it, you can go
back to college full time, pick up your new graduate
degree, and move on to your new career. If, like
many of us, you can't afford that option, you can
enroll in a part-time graduate program, while net-
working to craft experiments. Also, taking extra indi-
vidual professional courses, classes, and seminars,
or working toward the completion of short-term
certification programs will help you advance your
efforts to change your career.
Yourself. If you have identified your future career
goals and know how you want to transition, then
you might be able to repackage and rebrand yourself
to better meet the required skills and competencies
for the new position. In addition to the basic func-
tional skills that you possess to do your job well,
you also may have communications, collaboration,
leadership, and team-building capabilities that are
transferable to almost any profession. Rebrand by
highlighting what is UNIQUE, differentiated, and
compelling about you to your target audience, so
they know what makes you STAND OUT!
So much work is contracted out that
you can get experience working in a
prospective career through freelance
and/or temporary work.
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