We recently interviewed Charlotta Hughes, award winning Life Coach of the Year, on how to find work you’ll love.
How to Find a Job You’ll Love is a really big topic. And when people ask themselves that question, they often don’t know where to start. Where do you start?
With yourself. Develop a reverse role specification – what are you looking for in the job rather than vice versa. Ask yourself questions such as, what makes you excited at work? What makes the time fly by? If 5pm arrives far too quickly, it’s a sign that you’re really engrossed in what you’re doing. Also consider what you really dislike spending time on. If a big part of your job is to schedule appointments or type reports and you consistently find yourself putting them off and feeling fed up before you even get started, it’s a good idea to consider a different role with less emphasise on these things. So be specific with yourself – what would make your days fly and leave you excited with what you’ve achieved? Then look for what roles are out there that match your specification. And in doing so, have courage. There’s often a fear they won’t enjoy the next career choice either. Don’t forget, if you’re unhappy at work, the only job you’re guaranteed not to enjoy is this one!
What in your experience are people usually looking for when wanting to make a change from unfulfilling careers and jobs?
More job satisfaction, often involving making a difference, less stress and more work life balance.
Making a career change can be a major event. Many people who maybe are unfulfilled in their work, might think about changing directions, but from a practical perspective how do go about making a big change and where do you start?
Planning is key and things that need to be covered include finances, practical actions with timescales and support network. Let me briefly address these in turn. How to accommodate a career change financially is an important point as sometimes there’ll be time between jobs and a change can also result in a pay cut. So planning on how to scale back or making enough savings can be key. Practical actions with timescales involve how and what jobs to apply for, when to do so and how to be best prepared. This may involve networking, updating of CVs and online profiles or completing a course. Planning your support network involves having plans in place for your various needs during a career change – childcare to attend courses or events, financial support agreed with a spouse or family, emotional support to push those comfort zones, support by people who can make important introductions, the list goes on….
What in your experience are the biggest obstacles to achieving a dream career and what techniques can be applied to help overcome these?
Not knowing what your dream career is. That’s why the most important place to start is with yourself. If you don’t know what you want and what you enjoy, you’re incredibly unlikely to get there. Be honest with yourself about what’s important to you and then match your efforts accordingly.
Can you give us some examples of the people you’ve worked with and how you’ve helped them change career?
Sure! One example is a banker who was feeling very unfulfilled. She soon realised that her discontentment at work was down to the fact that her job didn’t match her values at all. She also gained clarity in what her values were and how she could satisfy those. This enabled her to align what she was longing for with a detailed plan on how to achieve a positive career change. Another client of mine had been job hunting for a year when we started working together and had found that she was very rarely shortlisted for interview, and when she was she didn’t get through. It quickly became apparent that both her CV and how she spoke about herself (in effect how she sold herself) were lacking in clarity and specificity. Today’s job market is saturated with more talent than jobs, so unless you are very convincing about what you’re good and passionate about, you’re unlikely to be picked out of the crowd. In only 5 sessions, this client had gained clarity on what she was looking for, rewritten her CV and applications accordingly, identified her perfect job and sailed through the application and interview process with confidence. I’m actually still in touch with both these clients and am delighted that they’re both thriving in their new careers!
If you were giving one piece of advice for someone wanting to pursue a new career path, what would that be?
Believe in yourself. If you don’t, no one else will!
Find out more
Charlotta will be running the popular Find a Job You Love Career Workshop on 23 September, in partnership with the I Am Group. You can find out more and book your place here.
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