Hottest Careers in 2019

In our previous post, we talked about Software Engineers/Developers. But here are some of the other popular jobs for 2019. According to www.usnews.com Software Developer is at the top of the list with projected jobs being 255,400 and a median salary of $101,790. Second, on their list is Statistician with projected jobs being 12,600 and a median salary of $84,060. The next fourteen jobs on the list are all in the health and medical industry. The top three being Physician Assistant, Dentist, and Nurse Anesthetist.

Career satisfaction is important. If you have not yet made your decision on what career you want to pursue take a look through this list and find out some important details. They measure critieria such as forecasted demand, salary range, and job satisfaction stats. Even if you are currently in one of these careers you may find this information useful for a lateral transition within your chosen industry.

You can compare a list posted by indeed.com on their blog, The Best Jobs in the U.S.: 2019

Number one on Indeed’s list for best jobs is Machine Learning Engineer. This is followed by Insurance Broker. Clearly, the tech industry is seeing the highest levels in popularity this year.
“For example, artificial intelligence (AI) is now part of many of the items we use every day, from cars to home sound systems. The number-one job on our list reflects this trend: machine learning engineer, up from spot number four last year. These engineers program machines to “learn” and apply intelligence, and the role recently topped Indeed’s list of jobs requiring AI skills. “

Additional Reading:


https://www.lifehack.org/articles/work/questions-help-you-choose-the-best-career.html

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Job Trends in 2019

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This is a great article to read if you are interested in learning forcasted job trends for 2019. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, we are here to help you!

Original article: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/5-job-trends-to-watch-in-2019/

The year 2018 put the spotlight on AI and workplace diversity, changing how the job market will run in 2019. Here are five shifts to keep an eye on.

With 2.27 million new roles added as of November, the year 2018 hosted a very strong job market, according to Glassdoor’s annual Job Market Trends report, released on Tuesday. Companies invested in artificial intelligence (AI) and workplace diversity in 2018, and these trends will continue to be develop in 2019, the report found.

SEE: Hiring Kit: Chief diversity officer (TechProResearch)

“After nine years of steady growth, 2018 saw one of the strongest job markets in a generation,” said Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain in a press release. “However, the world of work is forever changing. We’re witnessing a power shift as job seekers leverage their market position and employees make an impact with their voice. Plus, as technology matures, it’s changing how we work and the variety of jobs available.”

Here are the top five job market trends Glassdoor identified for 2019:

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1. Tech will change job search methods

Previous methods for hiring focused on job searches and applications using online job boards and email submissions. The year 2019, however, will build off of the AI developed in 2018, with machine learning-assisted job matching, according to the report. Rather than just aggregating job postings, sites will leverage machine learning technology and big data to generate job recommendations tailored to each candidate.

This way of hiring will prove beneficial for both candidates and employers, according to the report, by matching candidates with a job faster, and giving companies better quality applicants.

2. Focus on non-tech workers will increase

A trend that was already underway in 2018, tech companies will continue to hire more non-technical roles to develop their teams in 2019. Previously, tech companies and startups were focused on back-end development, hiring software engineers, data scientists, and developers to build organizations’ infrastructures. In 2019, the focus will be shifted to the front-end, with tech companies hiring account executives, project managers, operations managers, financial analysts, human resource representatives, and more. These jobs will help boost revenue and improve operations, the report found.

3. Job seekers and employers will face an economic recession

While the job economy was strong in 2018, the 2019 economy may be slowing down, according to the report. The odds of a full-blown recession in 2019 are low, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see one after another year.

4. The aging workforce will bring a talent shortage

There are currently more than 7 million job openings in the US, with not enough workers to occupy them, the report found. A big reason for this shortage is America’s aging workforce: The first wave of Baby Boomers reached retirement age in 2011, and millions more are expected to follow in the coming years. The result will be a smaller pool of experienced workers, and a complete overhaul of what American consumers will look like, according to the report.

5. Diversity will be supplemented with inclusion and belonging

While many companies highlighted and addressed gender and racial diversity in 2018, there is still a long way to go. While adding women and underrepresented groups to the payroll is a good start, in 2019 companies will place the focus more on making sure these people feel included.Inclusion and belonging is vital for a healthy corporate culture, the report found. Without these components, diversity programs will not succeed.

Whether it means making sure all employees are included in company events, are on the right track for a promotion, are represented for leadership, and more, organizations will be making inclusion a primary goal, according to the report.


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How to know when it’s time to leave your job: 10 indicators

Leave your job

Sometimes the signs are obvious, sometimes you get so caught up in the daily grind that you forget to stop and think about it.  Take a few minutes of your day to read this great article and decide for yourself if it’s time to leave your job.

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If you’re unhappy with your current job, it may be time to consider these 10 important factors that indicate a bigger change is needed. When is it time to leave your job?

Thinking about leaving your job and actually doing it are two very different things.  While everybody has some bad days at work, you need to pay attention to symptoms like regular sleep disruption, constant fear of termination, physical and/or emotional illness, alcohol and drug use to cope, and chronic unhappiness.  If you are experiencing even one of these, you probably should consider a job change NOW.  Take a look at the following specific indicators and see which ones resonate strongly with YOU:

1.  You are bored, stale, and stuck.

Your alarm clock rings in the morning, and you push the snooze button twice.  You groan when you think about facing the day.  Once at work, you watch the clock and give in to every distraction that comes your way.

2.  You no longer support the organization’s mission, philosophy, and/or culture.

You find that you are trying to convince yourself that you can still work for this company despite the recent mission shift, growing philosophic differences, and/or unwanted culture changes.  You tell yourself that the misalignment doesn’t really matter, yet you feel like a fish out of water every day.

3.  You conclude that you are not well suited for your job.

You have the right skills, but you don’t like the work.  Although people regularly compliment your expertise and productivity, they have no idea how drained you feel while working to reach your goals.  You are tired of smiling and pretending that all is well.

4.  Your professional growth has stagnated where you are.

Your boss doesn’t offer you development opportunities such as attending conferences and seminars, signing up for online webinar trainings, or registering for college courses.  Further, your boss doesn’t take the time to invest in you through mentoring and coaching.

5.  You find reasons not to expand your skill set.

Although you realize that you could do an even better job if you learned an additional skill, you make excuses for choosing to get by with the skills you already have.  You look for work-arounds, dodge situations that require the needed skill, and/or tell yourself that you lack the time to learn something new.

6.  Your morale is low.

You discover that you are simply not motivated.  People ask you why you never smile.  You procrastinate about starting projects.  You only do what is expected and nothing more.

7.  Other people don’t respond favorably to you.

You notice that coworkers avoid you.  When you voice your opinions or provide input to conversations, people seem to resist your contributions.  When they see you in the hallway or in meetings, they ignore you, pretend you don’t exist, or treat you badly.

8.  You resent the work.

While you do your work and submit it on time, you know you harbor a negative attitude about it.  You frequently feel overwhelmed, and you “fight” all the responsibility you shoulder.  You think about how unjust it is that you appear to be carrying a bigger load than many of your peers.

9.  You resist the changes coming down the pike.

As your boss outlines certain departmental or organizational changes slated to go into effect within the next few months, you silently reject them—even if you know they will be positive and beneficial to everyone involved.  You decide that you don’t want to make these changes because they require effort you’d rather not expend.

10. You have stopped making a positive difference and being a positive influence.

You go to work and do your job, but you don’t go out of your way to add noticeable value to relationships, situations, and the overall culture.  You do what is expected of you—nothing more.

If you see yourself in one or several of the above indicators, it’s probably time to take action.  Create an exit plan, set a time frame, and seek support for your big move.  Staying around for another year isn’t going to serve you, your colleagues, or your company.  Face the fact that you are no longer fully engaged, and muster the courage to cut the cord.

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The 6 types of Product Managers. Which one do you need?

Product Manager

If you are currently in the role as a product manager, or are looking to become a product manager, think about which of the 6 profiles you most closely resemble as you read this article.  Identifying your strengths and where you fit in may help you better define your value and what you can offer your potential employer.  If you are managing a business and need to hire a product manager, consider which strengths will help you reach your business goals.

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Eskimos have 1,000 words to describe snow. Marketers have well defined adjectives for their field: affiliate, SEO, content, performance, enterprise. Developers describe their functions and their expertise: front end, back end, java, node.js. And then there is Product, which often starts and ends with a single defining word…product.

Background — The rise of Product:

Ten years ago, Product was barely discussed as a function. Roll forward the clock to today, and product managers are some of the most in-demand talent. Just last year, the WSJ published an article stating that the most coveted post-MBA job is a product manager role (a bit frightening, I admit).

So, what is a product manager? There have been a number of articles outlining the skills of product managers: many write about product as a blend of business, ux, and tech, including posts by Marty Cagan, Martin Eriksson, and this gem by Dan Schmidt. And then there is this classic post by Ben Horowitz and David Weiden on Good vs. Bad PMs.

Credit: Martin Eriksson

Overall, as Marty Cagan says in his book Inspired, the job of a product manager is “to discover a product that is valuable, usable and feasible”.

Why this matters:

However, this broad definition is missing a set of adjectives for the role, Product Manager. The lack of a common vernacular creates a shallow definition for the variety of product people out in the world. And, that lack of definition leads to hiring mis-steps and not understanding the superpowers and kryptonite for each type of product person.

At first, you might believe that this is a large company problem because they can hire multiple product managers, each with their own specialties. But this is even more critical for startups where you must make sure your first hires are the right ones.

The 6 main product manager types:

  • Superpower: Loves the chase of finding conversion and retention improvements. Might have been a marketer in a past life, blending customer psychology with behavior change tactics. Helps consumers find what they are looking for with the optimal amount of work.
  • Kryptonite: Risks becoming addicted to the sugar high of boosting $ at the expense of the overall customer experience. For example, turning off an auto-rebill reminder will likely pop your short-term retention, but could negatively impact long-term retention, refunds, and brand loyalty.
  • Example job function: Responsible for optimizing conversion flows from marketing landing pages, pricing, and onboarding. Responsible for driving engagement/repeats by revealing new content or products
  • Aliases: eCommerce, Marketing, Performance, Conversion

  • Superpower: A detective at heart, they can study a customer’s workflow/process and find unique opportunities for improving it. They cut out extraneous steps and optimize every interaction.
  • Kryptonite: Assuming users will adopt a new behavior/workflow. Old workflows are addictive because they are familiar; there will often be a switching cost for users even if your new tool is better in the long run
  • Example job function: Building editing tools, dashboards, tracking tools
  • Aliases: SaaS, workflow
  • On a related note: There are also Internal Workflow Product Managers. This flavor of Workflow Warrior loves driving improvements for the functions within a business including marketing, customer service, tech and sales (to name only a few).

  • Superpower: Understands the psychology behind users sharing and connecting with others. Loves testing ways to drive engagement and deepen connections. In a B2B setting, builds collaboration into a workflow.
  • Kryptonite: Focuses on building a vibrant community at the expense of financial/business goals.
  • Example job function: Responsible for building the contributor side of a marketplace, driving social interactions in a gaming app, or collaboration for enterprise SaaS.
  • Aliases: Social, platform

  • Superpower: Build it and they will come. Amazing at building services that others (internal teams or external developers) want to use. Typically more technical PMs who understand how to build a service/API.
  • Kryptonite: Not understanding that you must also market it. Learning scalable ways to address the variety of use cases or customization of your service.
  • Example job function: Manages the development of external APIs and the developer platform.
  • Aliases: API, ‘technical’

  • Superpower: Expert translator between user needs and the problems algorithms or AI /ML models can solve. In the past, this role was commonly a ‘Search PM’.
  • Kryptonite: Focusing on technically interesting problems that have low business/customer value.
  • Example job function: Improving search success rates and time to conversion.
  • Aliases: Search, ‘technical’, analytics, AI/ML

  • Superpower: Expert at unique mobile use cases, mobile ux/design, and app store processes. Ideally, has a personal relationship with the Apple review team!
  • Kryptonite: Believing that understanding mobile is enough. Must build capabilities in one of the areas above as well, because understanding the native ecosystem will be a skill that every PM has in the future.
  • Example job function: Leads iOS and Android native app teams
  • Aliases: Native, Apps

The product profession has grown enormously over the last ten years and deserves to have a set of common adjectives (probably even more than 6). I look forward to the day when all companies and job descriptions use a common set of vernacular to find the right person!

With these product types, you’ll be able to determine exactly what type of PM your company needs, and what questions you’ll need to ask to find them.

PWU Bonus Tip:  We write a lot of product manager resumes and are prepared to answer any questions you have.

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5 Tips for a Midlife Career Change

Don’t ever be afraid to consider a career change.  Life is short and there’s more to it than staying in the same job, especially if you don’t like it.  We get that it can be hard to make a change, particularly if you and your family depend on the income, but there are a lot of resources available to help guide you.  This article offers some useful suggestions for those in the middle of their career.
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When it comes to midlife career change, experts say it’s important not to rush a career transition. Develop a process that includes friends and advisors, and stick to it.

Midlife Career Change SignpostsSo it’s time for a midlife career change. You’re at the midpoint of life; your first career leaves you bored, empty or worn out. But how do you assess the options, get advice and determine a new path?

You want to do something different but haven’t got a clue. Run an alpaca farm? Join the Peace Corps? Take up sculpture? Launch an Internet venture? Midlife is also a time to realign work—paid or unpaid—with personal values, a chance to leave your mark on the world.

Midlife career change is a scary business, fraught with obstacles—a resistant spouse, financial concerns, fear of failure. Where do you start? What should you consider? Such fears have prevented many a high-achiever from reaching beyond their comfort zone, but the biggest rewards come from taking the biggest risks, says life coach Caroline Adams Miller, author of “Creating Your Best Life” (Sterling2009). “Otherwise, you may be filled with regret at the end of your life—and that prospect helps put steel in your spine,” she says.

Studies show that up to 80 percent of baby boomers plan to do some sort of paid work until age 70 to stay mentally sharp, keep engaged socially and achieve financial security in retirement. With three or more decades after age 50 to work, play and give back, “this isn’t just a new stage of life, it’s a new stage of work, and one for which there is a lot of confusion and few models of what constitutes success,” says Marc Freedman, CEO of the California-based think tank Civic Ventures.

That could mean wearing multiple hats—for example, writing, doing public speaking, teaching and consulting. Or it could mean creating a portfolio of work, leisure, volunteering, learning and travel. In any case, it means finding a customized solution that puts you in control of your life and provides a sense of satisfaction.

Experts in the life-planning field say it’s important to resist the urge to find a quick fix, and to devote sufficient time and energy to doing your homework. Ask the hard questions, get help from friends and colleagues and consult with career counselors, coaches and financial planners for insight, guidance and inspiration.

5 Tips for Midlife Career Change

Here are five tips for getting started, drawn from the What’s Next special report, Career Change & Life Balance.

1. Understand your priorities and needs.

Who are you and what do you want? Simple questions, but the answers aren’t always easy to find. For those accustomed to achievement, carving out time to do nothing is a challenge. But you need that time to assess what gives you joy, what excites you and fills you with passion.

New Directions, a Boston-based consulting firm, provides advice and guidance to C-level executives and professionals on how to make career transitions. That process, which the firm calls Me 101, takes months and costs thousands of dollars. New Directions clients are hard-driven Type A’s, and not prone to navel-gazing, says Jeff Redmond, a company partner. “But you’ve got to slow down and decompress in order to do the R&D on yourself,” he adds.

2. Use a tool or take a test.

Besides taking time out to contemplate your options, there are other ways to jump-start a midlife career change. In an initial consultation, career coaches and counselors often use tests or comprehensive questionnaires to assess a client’s skills, interests, values and personality traits. You can play career counselor yourself with dozens of self-assessment tests, many of which are available online. Some are free, while others require a fee and sometimes require evaluation by a trained evaluator. Just don’t expect them to provide all the answers.

3. Tell your story.

Mining the past for clues is another time-tested way for midlife career changers to find a road map to their future. Writing an autobiography highlighting critical events, influential relationships and significant achievements often leads to surprising revelations.

  • What were the high points in your career that gave you a jolt of energy and pride?
  • What makes you happy?
  • What do you want more or less of in your life?

It’s just human nature to miss things about ourselves that are apparent to others. You can’t see your own eyes light up or hear your voice change when you talk about the volunteer job at the local elementary school, or that environmental vacation spent cleaning up Mexican beaches. For that reason, career coaches and counselors often advise assembling a team of advisers to help one recall childhood aspirations and career high points. The team might include former bosses, professors, coaches and high school friends. “Just like a corporate board, you want diversity,” says corporate career counselor Richard Leider.

4. Call in the pros.

A major career transition may require expert help. Career coaches and counselors can help clients identify skills, set goals and draw up action plans, as well as provide support during the process. Certified financial planners can help crunch the numbers to make sure the plan is affordable and that retirement is secure. And increasing numbers of planners are adding life-planning skills to their portfolios, so they can help clients with the non-financial aspects of life. With the right help, you can travel down the road to reinvention faster, with fewer bumps along the way.

5. Test the waters.

Research indicates that midlife adults are more likely to make successful transitions experientially rather than analytically. The big revelations come from jumping in and trying new things to see what works.

Luckily, midlife career-changers have plenty of options. Prospective teachers can substitute in elementary, middle and high-school classrooms to sample work with different age groups and teaching environments. Volunteer at a hospital before applying to nursing school. Take a low-paid job at a plant nursery before signing up for a horticulture degree. Internships, sabbaticals, college courses or even brief apprenticeships allow a career-switcher to step out of the daily routine, gain hands-on experience and test-drive that new pathway before quitting a day job.

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6 steps to a successful career change

Career Change

Although this article originated in Australia, the lessons on how to manage a successful career change are almost universally applicable.  These are 6 excellent points to consider when thinking about your next move.  Best of luck!

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Making a career change can be a daunting experience. But gone are the days when most of the workforce stayed in the one stable job for decades. In Australia, 57% of people have made a career change before; 19% have done so in the last twelve months. So, how did they do it?

  1. Self-assessment. A good place to start is with an honest self-assessment. Changing careers can present you with a number of significant challenges; you may find yourself being forced to confront difficult questions about your past work experience and performance. You’ll be best served if you’ve already thought about these before a hiring manager puts them to you. Here are a few questions you might want to ask yourself:
    • What do you want from your career?
    • What sacrifices are you prepared to make to achieve it?
    • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  2. Seek adviceSpeak with people who’ve taken the plunge and changed careers before. They might be able to guide you on some of the pitfalls you should try and avoid. It’s also worth seeking out people in the industry or role you’re interested in joining. They might be able to provide you with a plan about how to best go about achieving your goals.
  3. Speak with your boss. It’s important that you ensure you have a strong support network when you decide to change careers. Being open and communicating can make the transition much easier; explain the reasons for your decision and a little about the direction you hope to move in. If you’re particularly worried about how he or she will react, this can be a good way to alleviate some of the stress involved with changing careers.
  4. Set goals. “Set yourself a series of short, medium and long-term goals,” says Wayne Baker, Chief Operations Officer at Symmetry HR. “They can be as simple as applying for five jobs or cold-calling companies you’d like to work for.” Have a clear idea of what you want to achieve and then set process-oriented goals. So, for example, rather than setting one of your goals as getting your dream job, set yourself the goal of acquiring the skills that will make you the best candidate for getting that dream role.
  5. Network. Seek out people you know working in the industry or role you want to move into. Be up-front with them about your desire to change career; be bold in asking for their help. Ask whether they know of any opportunities currently available and tell them you’d appreciate it if they kept you in mind if they heard of anything in the future. Maintain personable and regular contact with these people while you’re looking to change careers, as they’re often among the best resources for information.
  6. Volunteer. Volunteering can be a great way of gaining experience in a field you’ve not worked in before. If you’re unsure about the change, volunteering can be a way of getting an idea of whether you want to go down a particular path. One of the advantages is that you can usually volunteer outside of your normal work hours, so you don’t have to quit your job before making any firm decisions about your future.

Changing careers can be daunting, but it can also turn out to be one of the best decisions you will ever make. If you’re unhappy where you are or just wish you were doing something else, why settle?

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5 tips for a successful career change

Successful career change advice

Career changes happen and we want to make sure we are doing our part to help our audience stay informed and prepared for the inevitable.  This is a great article that offers some practical advice for how to successfully manage your career change.

Original article by Karen Burns click here.

Things to think about before you take the leap — or get pushed — into a new profession.

Many times career change happens to us. Our industry starts to fade, our employer goes bankrupt, or we personally are downsized, fired, laid off, demoted or otherwise find ourselves at a crossroads.

But occasionally we choose to change careers of our own free will. It’s exciting, a little scary, and getting more common. If you can, take the opportunity to think it through.

First, know why you want to change careers. If it’s because you simply hate your current job, make a list of those things you don’t like so you don’t inadvertently land on a career that’s too similar. (It happens.) If money is the reason, figure out how much more money you’re looking for. You should also list what you liked about your old job, so you can try to replicate those good things in your new one.

Identify the areas of overlap between your old and new careers. If nothing else, important job skills such as organization, thoroughness and communication are easily transferable. Leverage everything that be leveraged.

Recognize that it may take time. You probably won’t end your old career on a Friday and start the new one on the following Monday. Chances are you’ll need to acquire new skills or certifications, build up your savings and/or reduce your debt and create a new network. You may even need to work at an interim job while easing into — or working up to — the job you really want.

Get clear on what you want to keep and what you’re willing to give up. It can help tremendously to make a list of what you must have (a flexible schedule, a certain salary, etc.) and what you’re willing to compromise on (Are you willing to relocate? Would you be happy with a lesser level of power and authority?).

Finally, you need to believe in the possibility of change. After we’ve done the same kind of work for a few years, we start to think of ourselves in a certain way — as a tech worker, say, or a teacher or an attorney. It becomes part of who we are. Changing careers means changing identities, and that can be a challenge, even threatening. So be prepared for setbacks and always keep working toward your goal.

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Top 10 Things to Do Before You Change Jobs

Prepare to change jobs!

As the workplace seemingly continues to increase in competitiveness it is becoming very important to take the time and resources to be fully prepared before you make the career change you may be thinking of.  This article shares some excellent pointers on what you need to do to make your transition a successful one!

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In today’s world, individuals will change careers on average 7 times more in their lifetime, compared to only a couple of decades ago – and this rate is rising. There is more choice available to us – especially for those with talent, drive and ambition. Currently the support that we tend to find is really limited. It’s also pretty generic – maybe some careers advice from your school, uni or MBA school. Otherwise not much support until you are really senior in an organisation – and even then whether it is effective or not is debatable!

What results is a combination of lack of control and a cycle of movement from one unfulfilling job to another, or getting stuck at a ‘dead end’. However – do not fear – you do not need to stay in this ‘rut’. New horizons could be just around the corner..

So – you want to look for a new and the right role. This can be challenging, difficult, lonely, and sometimes stressful. You might want to consider getting someone to ‘walk the path’ with you and help you get clear about what your options are, what you want to do and how to get there can be hugely valuable. It is even more helpful when you know that the person accompanying you has been involved in this process before on many occasions and is a real expert. So if you work with someone to help with your career change look at their work and life experience to make sure they know what they are on about!

Right – so you are ready to change careers and want to find that right role. In order to succeed bare in mind the following tips:

1. Invest in yourself

This journey is important – so give yourself time to work it all out. You will need a significant amount of thought, consideration, time and investment in order to make this change smoothly and to make it the right career change. There are many key stages and turning points to consider so take the time to do it.

2. Get Clarity

Without real clarity about what you want to do or how to get it, achieving any sense of fulfilment or being in control of your future will be very difficult. Therefore it is really important to work on getting clear about what your central goal is and how to achieve it. If you want to learn about the different ways to do this then feel free to drop us a note.

3. Create an action plan

Simply knowing what you want will not ensure that you get it. You need to be clear about your plan of action and how to carry out what you have specifically designed for yourself. Get clear achievable steps in place. Outline it so that it is broken down into steps that you can work through towards that bigger goal. Reward yourself and be proud of yourself as you get through each stage of your plan.

4. Focus your energy on the task

Making a change and finding the right role is not always an easy task. It can be tough, tiresome and long. You need to stay really focused and be efficient around where you put your energy and effort to get the outcome you want. Make sure that you are in control of the key elements in your world and are able to drive forward with the career and life of your choosing. You will need perseverance and determination to help. Being smart about how you spend your time is crucial.

5. Understanding your strengths

Get to know yourself better. Identify what your key strengths are. What are you really good at? What do you enjoy that you are also good at? What skills have you learnt? What are you naturally inclined to do and be better at? Make sure that you get right to the core of it. The more you know yourself the more confident you will become and the better you will be at identify the right role for you and projecting yourself in order to get it.

6. Ignite that passion

Without real passion for a role – it will be difficult to get. Even if you do get it – you will find it difficult to maintain and grow within and beyond it. What you want here is the right role. This means something that you are truly passionate about. It might take a bit of experimenting to find what ‘floats your boat’ – but it will be worth it when you have found it.

7. Know your boundaries

Being clear about what works and what doesn’t work for you in order to be happy can be groundbreaking. It sounds simple but so many of us do not actually take the time to work it out. In each different work situation – we may have different boundaries. By being clear about what they are and then communicating this clearly to others and staying true to what is important – will make a huge difference. This impacts work and your personal settings.

8. Manage and improve relationships

This is important from all aspects. If you learn to manage your relationships effectively you will be able to control the process and transition. You will be able to manage your exit smoothly from your current or old role. Understanding where your old boss is coming from and the impact you have on him/her – and how you interact could really influence how you leave a job. How you get your next job and keep it may also rely heavily on your ability to manage relationships well.

9. Leverage your connections

Learn how to network and harness your connections effectively. This does not mean bombarding people you do not know with emails or adding everyone you can find to linkedin. Neither is this picking up as many business cards you can at a networking event and calling that person part of your ‘network’. Real networking is about getting to know people. You need to work on identifying and getting to know those who can help you along your way.

10. Rid yourself of blocks, fears and insecurities

All of us have them at one stage or another. Many of us keep them for years. However, do not let them stop you. If you are afraid – that is ok – just do not let it take over and control what you do or do not do. If something is blocking you from moving forward – take the time and action you need to confront it, deal with it and resolve it. This does not have to be done alone. Find support from those around you. Get support from a professional if it is a deep personal issue that is troubling you. If you do not deal with it now – it will keep blocking you in different ways throughout your career and life. Once you have worked through the blocks – you will be so much more energised, comfortable, confident and free.

Those are the 10 pieces of the pie that you must do before or as you start your journey and change careers. Each step requires some work, time and thought – but they are important if you really want to make it work. There might be a lot to do – but you are not alone and you CAN do it.

Author: Nisa Chitakasem is the founder of Position Ignition

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‘Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten’s best advice for making a career change

Ina Garten

A career change can mean different things to different people.  This inspiring article about how Ina Garten made a name for herself may get you thinking about your own career change!

Original article by Emmie Martin click here.

 

While career changes are common these days, few people have made as big of a jump as Ina Garten of Food Network’s “Barefoot Contessa,” who used to work in the White House Office of Management and Budget.

The secret to making a successful career change as she did, Garten tells CNBC, is to not hold back or hesitate too long — just do it.

“I think that people stand on the side of the pond trying to figure out what the pond’s going to be like, and you’ve just got to jump in and just be brave and make a change,” Garten said at Eat (RED) Food & Film Fest. The event was hosted by fellow chef Mario Batali as part of Eat (RED) Save Lives, an annual month-long campaign that raises money for the Global Fund, with 100 percent of proceeds going to fight AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

Before she became a television host and best-selling cookbook author, Garten started in an entry-level position and worked her way up to become the budget analyst in charge of nuclear energy under President Jimmy Carter.

But Garten, frustrated by its slow pace, grew tired of government work,The New York Times reports. Where she really thrived was in the kitchen. Garten took pride in her weekly dinner parties and Sunday brunches, which came about as she worked her way through Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”

Then, in 1978, Garten and her husband Jeffrey saw a listing for a small food store called the Barefoot Contessa in Long Island, NY, and drove up to see it. Despite Garten’s lack of business experience, the couple made an offer on the spot.

Garten started sharing her homemade brownies and roasted chicken, and by the end of the first summer, the line was out the door. She hit her groove, and the store’s popularity launched her into a successful culinary career, even though she had no formal training as a chef.

Originally, she and Jeffrey had no plans to make running a specialty food shop Garten’s full-time job. “I was sure it would be a one-summer thing,” her husband told The Times.

But Garten knew what she knew, like what types of foods people wanted to bring home and how to make them taste great. And when she sold the store to a few employees in 1996, she decided to tackle another new challenge: writing a cookbook.

“It’s not the end of the road, it’s just the beginning,” she says of making a career pivot. “While you’re in the pond, you’ll flap around and find something interesting there.”

So how do you know when you should quit your job and move on to the next thing?

Suzy Welch, bestselling author and CNBC contributor, has an answer. “Are you living for the weekend?” Welch asks. “If the answer is ‘yes’ when it comes to your job, that’s a dead giveaway that it’s time to go.”

“You should never sacrifice five days of life for two,” she adds.

However, Welch advises taking a more calculated approach to switching jobs. She recommends coming up with a six-month game plan before handing in your resignation.

You can start by reaching out to people in your network, looking at companies where you’d love to work and refreshing your resume and LinkedIn page. Picking up a hobby or starting a side project are also other great ways to feel less stuck.

But once you do decide to make a move, don’t wait. Jump in.

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How to Change Careers

Change Careers

Many people change careers several times throughout their working life and sometimes those changes can be a big challenge.  This article offers some helpful advice for those looking to make a change.  Please contact us if you want to discuss how your resume can become a vital asset when entering a new job field.

 

Changing careers takes focus and commitment. To be successful, you’ll need to develop short-term, intermediate and long-term goals, and decide on the steps you’ll need to accomplish them. Once you do that, it will be a lot easier to take the plunge into a new line of work.

Start by researching the marketplace to identify expanding industries. Search the Labor Department’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, job boards and the business press to see what’s areas are most in demand.

Next, take assessment tests to discover your hidden talents and jobs that fit them. Leading tests include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Strong Interest Inventory and Campbell Interest & Skill Survey. Also, ask individuals you know personally and professionally for their insight into occupations that might be a strong fit for your background and skills.

Once you’ve decided on a new path, do some online research and networking to determine the skills you’ll need to qualify for jobs that interest you. If you lack key credentials, consider signing up for volunteer work enrolling in classes to bridge the gap.

Next, revamp your résumé to highlight skills and experiences that are most relevant to your desired new line of work. A professional career coach may be able to help.

When applying for jobs, craft cover letters that will help employers understand why you’re looking to change careers and how you can add value. Similarly, prepare for interviews by crafting 30-second introduction that sums up what you can do for employers.

Tips

  • Consider taking assessment tests to discover your hidden talents and jobs that fit them.
  • Do the necessary research on marketplace and hiring trends in the field you are considering.
  • If you lack required or desired credentials in the field, seek the training you need to bridge the gap.

Article originally posted here: http://guides.wsj.com/careers/managing-your-career/how-to-change-careers/