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My Top 10 Tips for Career Switchers

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My Top 10 Tips for Career Switchers

Dear Liz, 

I’ve been thinking for a long time about transitioning out of my current career path, but am not sure where to start. Any advice on how to go through this process? 

Sincerely, 

Stuck At Square One

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Dear Stuck At Square One: 

Switching careers can feel like a daunting challenge, and I commend you for reaching out proactively to get a road map for going through this process. 

I’ve worked with many clients navigating mid-career transitions, and while it’s not an easy task (let’s be honest, you’re talking about making a major change in your life!), it is absolutely possible -- especially when you embark upon it in a strategic and thoughtful way. And if you go through this process the right way, I promise you’ll feel that much more empowered, capable, and at ease as you move forward.

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[PODCAST] On crafting your intentional career

This was my first time being a podcast guest. And boy, was it fun (and yes, a little bit scary)!

In this episode of The Pique Podcast, I chatted with Cristina Roman - a Life Coach and former client of mine - about crafting a career with intention. We dug deep into our own professional journeys and some of the tools we use with our clients that you can start using for yourself, today.

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Tune in to learn (on AppleStitcher, and Google Play): 

  • My take on how to craft a fulfilling career;

  • Growth mindset and what to do with our limitations;

  • Why I left Silicon Valley and gave up public speaking;

  • How to pivot your career;

  • The beauty of formalizing “safety nets” in our lives; and

  • How to increase the chances of your dream coming true from 65% to 95%.


I hope you'll give yourself 60 minutes today or this week to unlock greater happiness in your work and life...

...or at the very least, to hear my awkward laugh and secret love of Drew Barrymore movies. :)

And if you're inspired, thanks in advance for forwarding the episode to a friend who might enjoy it, or tagging me on your favorite social media platform with your biggest takeaway. I would be oh-so grateful.

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The 5-Year Plan Alternative: Your 5-Year Vision Exercise

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The 5-Year Plan Alternative: Your 5-Year Vision Exercise

We think about ‘5 Year Plans’ all wrong. Oftentimes this common question strikes panic in our hearts, because we feel like a specific job title is required for it all to make sense.

But instead, you need to start with a vision of what you want your LIFE to look like 5 years from now. Once you have a clearer sense of this vision and the right kind of options and the right way forward will follow.

How to craft your 5-year vision:

Pull out a pen and paper, or open up a new document on your computer, and simply write down what a typical week would look like in your ideal future.

This starts with a detailed description of a typical work day: What time do you wake up? Who's there? What do you do first? What does your morning routine look like? Where is work? If not at home, how do you get there? Who is there when you get there? What happens while you’re there? How is your time organized (lots of short bursts, periods of time of deep work, etc)? What kinds of tasks do you do? Whom do you do it with and for? When do you leave? What happens after work? And so on. Also, how do you spend your weekends?

It's likely not all clear to you today, and your vision may change with the new experiences and people that come into your life. You may feel at home with your creativity, or you may need to try a few things to get the juices flowing — sketching out a picture that represents your future, word mapping, brainstorming with a friend.

But get at least a few paragraphs down on paper that you feel good about when you read back to yourself. Use this narrative as your north star for today.

Once you do, you can consider the jobs and paths -- and the decisions or changes you could make -- that will get you as close as possible to this vision.

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How to Set Authentic Career Goals

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How to Set Authentic Career Goals

It’s important to set audacious goals for the future. If we don’t say our dreams out loud, they will never come true.

That said, sometimes we can have an unhealthy relationship with goals -- choosing goals that make us feel smaller instead of empowered, setting goals that we feel we “should” achieve instead of goals we want to achieve, or holding onto goals that are no longer right for us.

How do we choose the right goals for us?

SMART goal setting is an excellent framework for short-term goals and project management.

But for long-term goal setting (“I want to be in ________ job by 2020” or “By the end of this year I will be ________”), here are the three guiding principles I suggest keeping in mind:

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5 Must-Do's For Landing A Job In 2019

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5 Must-Do's For Landing A Job In 2019

The new year presents such a timely opportunity to ask ourselves, “What’s missing?” and, “What’s possible?” in our careers. 

And if a new job is something you’ve set your sights on for this year, here are the top 5 strategies I recommend for landing a job you love.

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7 Financial Must's For Career Shifters

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7 Financial Must's For Career Shifters

When considering the financial implications of a new job or career path, most professionals immediately focus on salary.

Yet while salary is important, it’s not the whole picture.

Your next career move presents a much greater opportunity: to get your financial house in order and to make that sure your new job aligns with your financial - and life - goals.

This week, I sat down with my good friend, Emily Zeigler, CFP and Co-Founder of How Green Is Your Money. I love her simple, actionable financial advice and wanted to share some top takeaways for career shifters here.

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Considering Grad School? Make Sure You Can Check These 5 Boxes

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Considering Grad School? Make Sure You Can Check These 5 Boxes

Dear Liz,

I’m considering going back to school for my Master’s Degree (possibly an MBA). I don’t know exactly what I want to do, but I think graduate school will open a lot of doors and help me figure out which one I want to walk through. I know I’ll learn a lot, have fun being a student again, and build my network too, which can only mean good things, right?  

I’m wondering, is graduate school worth it? Should I just take the leap, or how do I decide?

Sincerely,

Mulling-a-Masters

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The Power of Saying Your Dreams Out Loud

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The Power of Saying Your Dreams Out Loud

Most of us hesitate to share our deepest, most inspired career desires out loud.

It makes sense. Sharing what we want is risky.

We risk failure: “What if I tell someone I want to be X, and then it never works out? I’ll feel like a total flop.”

We risk rejection: “What if I say it out loud and people laugh, or tell me it’s not possible or that I’m not good enough?”

We risk our identity: “Everyone knows me as X. So I’d better be 100% sure of what I want before I start telling people about it.”

We risk our time and energy: “Once I say it out loud, it would sure take a lot of work to follow through and make it happen…”

But for all this risk, the bigger risk is NOT sharing our dreams. Because only once you share a dream out loud can the universe start conspiring to help you achieve it.

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The WORST Career Advice Out There: Why Your Career Is Not A Michelangelo, It's A Pollock

The WORST Career Advice Out There: Why Your Career Is Not A Michelangelo, It's A Pollock

Most people don’t know what exactly they want to do with their careers. Even among leaders at Harvard Business School, fewer than 20% report having a strong sense of their career purpose.

Yet the perspective I consistently hear from job seekers (and that I have been pressured to feel in my own career) is that we are all born with one innate career purpose. And that if we just look hard enough or in the right places, we will find it. And that once we find it, we will be happy in our careers for all eternity.

This is quite simply the worst career advice out there. It’s not reflected in the numbers. It’s certainly not empowering to the 80% of us who don’t have that one career goal in mind. And most importantly, it’s not grounded in the reality that we are constantly changing people in a constantly changing world.

A metaphor I like to use for all the “innate purpose” and “follow your passion” advice is Michelangelo’s David.

The Truth About Happiness At Work

The Truth About Happiness At Work

The goal of my work is to get people inspired to dream big about their careers, and to help them follow the step-by-step path to landing their dream job.

But I must confess that the biggest mind-shift most of my clients experience while working with me or participating in my Land Your Dream Job course is this:

We achieve happiness in our careers not when we ‘get it all’, but rather when we recognize what’s most important to us, and optimize for that.

Every day I speak with professionals eager to find happiness at work. And I ask everyone the same first question: “What does happiness at work mean to you; what does it look like?”

If you’re like most people, your response goes something like this: