When you finally decide that you are ready for a career change, identifying a new one and getting it ‘right’ can be quite stressful. After all, if you go through with the process (a brave step by itself), you want to avoid making another mistake and instead choose a career that will bring long-lost joy into your working life.
When clients start working with me, I see it in their eyes; they wonder: how are you going to identify something I have not succeeded in identifying over so many sleepless nights? What idea can you come up with that I have not dissected yet?
And so, the process begins. Many thoughts get thrown around, none of them get dismissed, and as the client begins to relax and get fully into the exercise, at certain point, they utter the magic words: ‘I can just get lost in doing this’. Bingo! They have just identified ‘it’. Getting ‘lost’ in an activity means you can do it over and over and over and it will never feel like work. You have just put the first stone in the foundation of your new career.
‘Aha!’ you might say, ‘That is all very good but how am I supposed to transform that lovely activity into a job or business’? Here are a few tips.
1.) Take this idea and get creative. You might want to draw a mind map, where this activity will be drawn in the middle and your other ideas will be stemming from there. Let your creativity flow (I suggest you do the exercise when you have enough time and are in a peaceful environment) and start thinking about possible occupations or businesses that can be created around that idea.
2.) Once you have come up with at least 25 different ideas, go through them and pick three that you like the most or those that you like and feel have realistic potential.
3.) Take the process further and Google your ideas. You will see if anybody else is already doing something similar. If they do, great, that means there is a market for it. If they don’t, ask yourself if you are brave enough to be the first one to introduce the concept. (Worry not; think Microsoft, Google and Amazon. Someone needs to blaze the trail.)
4.) If you feel that you have found your winner but it is too new of a concept to pursue on a full-time basis, start it as an on-the-side project. If you keep coming back to it over time and can’t let it go, you will know that this deserves more of your time and attention.
5.) Take action accordingly. Either start a business offering a service or product that you have created around your idea, or research and apply for jobs that would give you ample opportunities to ‘get lost’ in your favourite activity on an everyday basis.
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