Sometimes we lose interest in our chosen career. Perhaps it turns out to be different than we were expecting. Maybe we've pushed ourselves to learn everything we think we can from the position and feel it's time to move on.
There are times when we just need a new challenge. If this sounds like you, it's always a good idea to look around and see whether you can find that in your current position by taking on new responsibilities. Alternately, you may be able to infuse your personal life with new energy by taking up a new sport or hobby, or traveling to an exotic locale.
If you decide that you need to make a career move and change directions, you can start by looking at the online version of the Occupational Outlook Handbook. This is one of my favorite resources, and you may be surprised by how many occupations exist. We are often limited by our awareness of what's known to us. Expand your knowledge of careers and occupations and you might just be inspired by the many opportunities available to you, utilizing the very same skills and education you have already acquired.
The other day, someone asked me what I do. The first thing I said was, "I help people identify their strengths and passions and land their dream job." That's a little shorter than the 60-second "elevator speech" we are advised to prepare, but it sums up what I do, and opens the door for more conversation. The person might then ask, "How do you do that?" or say, "Wow, I could really use some help finding my dream job" or, "I know someone who could really benefit from that." Any number of things are possible!
That's what is so exciting about delivering your "elevator speech". A well-crafted description of what you do or what you want to do opens up endless possibilities. It might get you a new contact that you can add to your network. It might result in a new client, a job interview or even a new career!
Spend a half hour today thinking about what you do and how you might describe it in a way that summarizes its benefits to others. Practice saying it and see if it feels right to you. Once you get it right, say it over and over again each day and watch for the results it produces in your life.
Create Your Future
Within each of us lies the potential to do great things. For most of us, the right tools are all we need. With them, we can discover the work we were meant to do. My passion is helping others design and create the lives they have only imagined.