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How To Change Career When You Have No Idea What Youre Doing

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1. Do it with others, not alone "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller. The biggest challenge I faced in my career change was inertia. I wanted to change, but I didnt want to risk the security of the job I had. I was comfortably uncomfortable. 2. Act it out, dont figure it out "Ideas occur when dissimilar universes collide." – Seth Godin. In my career-change journey, it took me four and a half years to get out of a career that wasnt right for me. For most of that time, I was trapped in analysis paralysis. As the coach I worked with at the time said, "Richard, its like youre standing in a forest and you have a number of tracks in front of you. But youre paralyzed because you dont want to make a mistake. And the challenge is: if you dont take any of the paths, youre never going to get out of the forest. If you take one of them, it may not be the right track initially, but you can course-correct." 3. Look for people, not for jobs "Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. Theyre attached to people. If youre looking for an opportunity, youre really looking for a person." – Ben Casnocha. Job sites, recruitment consultants, CVs / résumés and Google all have their uses in your career change. But theyre not the place to start. Focus instead on connecting with people. The power of being in front of people is that you can present the whole you – something a CV or résumé simply cant do. What have you learned? What actions are you going to take? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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