The other day, in a brainstorming session with some fellow career coaches, we were talking about reinvention: the choice that some are making, in today's difficult economy, to make a change. To re-imagine, re-think and re-package themselves for a career change.
Then I came across Meg Giuseppi's blog on reinvention for Baby Boomers where she shares some points from career expert Brian Kurth, including:
~ Identify your passion. What have you always dreamed of doing?
~ Take a "vocation vacation", as Kurth calls it. Take some time to explore an interesting field. His Vocation Vacation "program connects career transitioners with mentors working in the exact job they want, so they can test drive the job of their dreams."
~ Find a mentor. Select someone who can give you a guided tour of a field that you are intrigued by.
How about an example. Say you always dreamed of owning your own bed & breakfast at the Jersey shore because you have long had a passion for running your own little business in a resort area. Kurth would say, find a b&b and go there. Stay awhile and go "behind the scenes" to find out the inner workings; find out what it really takes to run a b&bB. Seek out the owner for informal mentoring.
You'll come away with some rich data for making your decision about whether to move ahead, or move on to another possibility.
If you are seeking a roadmap to career reinvention, Kurth offers several points, including:
1. First, identify your strengths.
2. Ask yourself, what is the worst that could happen?
3. Set a goal and a plan
4. Find a mentor.
5. Test-drive the career option.
6. Network. Network. Network.
Finally, Kurth recommends some soul-searching: "What are your passions and interests? What activities give you a sense of purpose and satisfaction? The first step in any career transition is the opportunity to explore, experiment and discover your “great job” and what you can do to pursue it."
What is your "great job?"
Posted by Terrence Seamon, August 11, 2009