Monday, 28 March 2011

What to do for a job....

How many times have you said or heard someone say, ‘you are so lucky, I wish I knew what to do for a job’.  Unsurprisingly, I am frequently asked the question ‘what should I do for a job?’ in my role as career coach – and a perfectly legitimate question to ask given the extensive list of career choices available today.   So, how do we make this choice and discover what to do for a job?

Job hunting is currently a priority for many people.  You may have been made redundant, be seeking a career change, returning to work or establishing the best career path.   If this is you, how do you discover what to do for a job? 

Once you have established what you would like your career to include, a great place to begin is by exploring all the career choices available to you and being open to different and new career opportunities.  This will take time but the more knowledge you have about careers, the more opportunities you will find available to you when deciding what to do.  Use the index of career books, internet resources, your own networks and perhaps even a career coach to help you!  Be curious about the world of careers and you will be surprised by what you find.

Lucky people are often those who are open to new ideas and career opportunities and will persevere until they find the best career choice for them.   So if you are feeling lucky, click here for free career resources to help you decide what to do for a job and a fact sheet on discovering whether a career change is right for you. 

Good luck!

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Is it better for a lawyer to change legal specialism than remain demotivated in their current role?

As a lawyer, when you were approaching qualification did you spend time assessing your strengths, interests and motivations to identify which area of law you were best suited to within your legal career or did you leave all or part of this decision to fate?    

Lawyers choose their legal specialism at an early stage of their legal career.  During the second year as a trainee solicitor, the focus is on securing a job upon qualification and it is at this point that an important decision regarding legal specialism is made.

When choosing their legal specialism, it is not uncommon for lawyers to leave all or part of the decision to fate.  Securing a job is of ultimate importance.  This is of course understandable, particularly in a challenging economic climate.  However, this also means that it is not uncommon for lawyers to question their choice of legal specialism early to mid career and wonder whether they would be better suited to working in an alternative area of law having previously given this little thought. 

So how many lawyers questioning their choice of legal specialism take the plunge and make a change in their career?

I would be interested to hear your views.  I would suggest that there are many lawyers wanting to change direction within their legal career but prevent themselves from doing so for numerous reasons such as limited opportunities, decrease in pay as well as fear and lack of confidence.  However, if you are demotivated in your current role and wondering whether you are better suited to an alternative area of law, are you just a little bit curious to find out whether a change in specialism is possible? 

If curiosity is getting the better of you, start reviewing your legal career now and investigate how you can increase your job satisfaction, motivation and fulfilment at work.   Isn’t it far better for a lawyer to change legal specialism than remain demotivated in their current role?

For more information, click here to review my fact sheet on changing specialism in the legal sector and here to read my blog on career change.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Is a career change right for me?

Are you one of the many people wondering whether a career change is right for you and have perhaps been searching endlessly on the internet for the answer?  If so, this blog is for you to discover how you can find the winning answer and make the best career choice for you.

On average, the term ‘career change’ is used as a search term in Google 27,100 times per month in the UK.  Similar figures appear for search terms such as ‘change of career’, ‘change in career’, and ‘career changers’.  So, will putting ‘career change’ into a search engine give you the best answer when considering a career change?
There are times when we all turn to the internet at some point for the answers.  You may have needed gift ideas or perhaps even holiday suggestions.  However, would you rather decide for yourself how you spend your annual leave or risk leaving the decision to someone else?  

It is the same with your career.  The internet is a fantastic resource to assist in your career search but the role of decision maker belongs to you.  You are the best person to decide whether a career change is the right decision for you.

Here are 5 steps you can take to assist in making your decision:

1.     Who am I?
Think about what you would like your career to include such as skills and working environments that suit you.

2.     Ideas
Write a long list of career and job ideas.  Remember to include your current role or profession.

3.     Realistic options
Start identifying careers and jobs from your list in step 2 which would best match ‘who you are’ as identified in step 1.

4.     Investigation
Identify relevant professionals and organisations associated with the careers and jobs identified in step 3.  Investigate sources of vacancies and start networking to find out more about these roles.  Use my networking factsheet to assist. 

5.     Decision time
Evaluate your best options to enable you to make an informed decision about whether a new career is right for you or whether your existing role suits you adequately. 

            (I expand on these steps in my Career Change factsheet)

I can completely understand if you are now thinking that this is easier said than done.  Yes, I agree, it is going to take a bit of extra time and thought but it will be the best way to find out whether your career path should involve a change of career.  Make the most of this important decision to enjoy your career!

Remember, the more time you spend considering the answer, the better your decision is going to be.