Episode 10 – How to Find a New Career When You Have No Idea What You Want
In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss 9 things you can do to help you find a new career when you have no idea what you want.
Find the full show notes for this episode at RecovingCorpholics.com/10.
Wanting a new job is easy. Some people know exactly what their next move is while some people have no idea where to go next.
So how can you figure it out? Here are 9 things you can do to help you find a new career when you have no idea what you want now.
1. Make a list of everything you want in a career
The first thing you can do to help you find a new career is start making a list of everything you would want in a career. From salary to team dynamics to the work you’ll be doing, it’s important to get it all down.
It’s OK if you have no idea what you want, just try to be as specific as possible.
If you are in audit and want to do something totally different but don’t know where to start, categorize things. Do you want to work on a team? If so, how big? Do you want a big company or a small company? Or do you want to start your own business?
How much money do you want to make? Do you want to sell work or just work? Do you want to make crafts and sell on Esty? Do you want to do something fitness related?
Do you want to travel or do you want to work from home? Put down everything you can think of that you’d want in a career. No detail is too small.
2. Make a list of everything you don’t want in a career
The next thing I want you to do is make a list of everything you don’t want in a career. This is just as important as figuring out what want so you can identify if your current dissatisfaction in your role is temporary or not.
Maybe you don’t like your team right now but think back, do you always not like working in teams or is it just this certain team? Do you not like the work or is it just year-end so you’re stuck in that before the creative work can be done?
Really go through the things you don’t want at any time.
3. Figure out who you are
This next step is key. And it seems so simple but a lot of people overlook. If you want to find a new career, you need to take the time to find out who you really are.
You don’t need to quit your job and travel to India to do this like in Eat, Pray, Love. You can start looking into who you are and what would be a meaningful career to you now.
I started doing this as after I changed from Audit, to Consulting to Internal, I thought the problem was me and that I would never be happy. But I came to learn that I was doing work that didn’t fulfill me and when I started to do so, my life changed.
When you have a clear idea of who you are, your values and beliefs, you know the career you want to pursue, make different decisions and move toward a life on your terms.
Start writing down your core values. Think about what you stand for. Who you admire? What inspires you to take action?
Think about scenarios in your life where you were the happiest and most proud of yourself. Think about what you like most about yourself and situations when you don’t like yourself.
Think about feelings or things you may be hiding. Things that you love but are shy to put out to the world.
You can also take tests such as MBTI, Myers-Briggs, DiSC, Enneagram, Energy Index, etc. to learn more about yourself.
Remember, don’t make the goal to just be finding a new job. Make the goal about learning more about who you are and what you want to have a more fulfilling life.
4. Find your ‘Why’
One of the things that helped me figure out what I really wanted in a career is finding my ‘Why’. That is why I put this as step #4.
Finding your ‘Why’ blew up after Simon Sinek’s Ted talk in 2009. They say if you know your ‘Why’, you’ll find your way.
For me, once I found my ‘Why’, which is to ensure no one has ever felt like they were alone and stuck, like I have, it changed things for me. I couldn’t just be at my old big 4 job anymore. I knew why I wasn’t fulfilled.
I like to do this with my clients by asking them why something is important to them and then breaking it down at least 6 times. Once you do that, you’ll be at or close to the reason for doing things.
5. Look and narrow down your options
Once you know what you want, what you don’t want and explored who you are and your ‘Why’, it’s time to start turning that information into potential jobs.
And if you still aren’t sure what jobs to do, then take some job assessments like the Career Explorer Test. You can even look up jobs based on keywords on Monster.com or Indeed, etc. and look up what people are doing on LinkedIn.
Now, if you’re anything like me, after doing the above steps, you may have a list of 100+ jobs you could do but it’s time to be real.
I know we all like making the best decision but you need to narrow down your choices so you can actually research if you’d want to do those jobs.
Put all the jobs you’d want to do in order. This way if you want to come back to it, you can after crossing it off your list.
Hey – and if you are stuck between 20, then research those 20. All I know is when I started this, I put down every potential option I could do and it was not a good use of my time. Narrow it down to what you’d love to do.
6. Make time to go over your research
When you’re stuck in a job you don’t want to be in anymore, it can be hard to find the time and mental capacity to figure out what you want to do instead.
That’s why for this next step, I want you to make a plan of when you are going to make the time and how long you plan to spend each day or week on finding a new job.
I tell my clients to plan to spend at least 10 minutes a day on finding a new job as somedays, you’ll be counting down the minutes, others you’ll look up and think where did the time go.
And most importantly, you’re creating a habit of spending a little bit of time each day on it.
Put it on your calendar. Make it an appointment you can’t miss. Make a plan. How long do you want to spend researching? Remember, the only person you’d be letting down is yourself.
7. Research roles
Now that you know when you are going to research and make time for your job search, it’s time to get to it!
What I suggest to my clients is talking to people who are in or in the world of what they want to be doing. Talk to them. How did they get there? What advice do they have to give?
Now be careful when reaching out to people. I used to get so many messages a week of people just wanting me to refer them to my big 4 job. Make it clear that you don’t want a referral and that its pure wanting to be happy in your career.
If the person likes you, they will tell you about an opening and other opportunities available for you.
The point of all of us is to identify potential careers, employers and opportunities that will deliver on your career goals.
8. Be open and take the first step
You may find your dream job, you may not or you may change your mind a couple times! But my next step is to be open to exploring what you want. That will get you closer to fulfillment.
Know that your career will evolve and you just need to start taking steps. Stop being afraid that you are going to make the wrong move as it may take you closer to the right one.
I know someone in corporate who hated it and found her passion through yoga. Then she became so popular that she started teaching other yoga teaches how they can have a successful yoga practice as well. Now she teaches all business owners how to be successful.
The journey may change. But her desire to find something she loved doing never did.
9. Ask for help
The last step I have for you, and honestly you can insert this step anywhere, is to ask for help. There is no reason you need to figure it all out on your own.
There are people who do this for a living, such as myself, and I love, love, love helping people find careers that light their souls on fire.
What took me years to find a new career, I help my clients do in weeks. If you are serious and want advice from someone who does this for a living and can help you stay accountable so you actually take the right steps timely, then ask for help.
I know I wish I did.
That’s all I have for today’s episode. I hope you enjoyed it and are one step closer to having a career on your terms.
Stay inspired and live powerfully,
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