Career Reinvention: Where to Start?

By Katie B. Smith, Executive Coach and CWCC Member

According to recent Accenture research, fewer than 43% of women are satisfied with their jobs – but 70% plan to stick with it.  Where do you fall in this mix?

With so much change in our economy, many are reevaluating and reinventing their careers and life directions. Where does one begin the process of reinvention?

First, consider the word “acknowledgment.” Acknowledging your previous situation is important because every experience serves our growth. Acknowledging your past successes and failures, how you have grown, what you have learned and the impact you had in your previous roles is key to moving forward into your next venue.

Second, be very clear about what elements you want in your next job, career or lifestyle. Get specific about the environment, the people, the compensation, the commute, and the responsibilities   you want to have.

Finally, stay open to possibilities. By focusing your energy in the direction of what you really want, your external world will begin to respond and give you a clearer idea of the direction you need to go and the actions you need to take.

Where are you being asked to reinvent yourself?  What action can you take to acknowledge where you are now?

Here are some actions to consider………………..

  • Get clear about what you want.  What do you have in your current role or in past roles that you do not want in your next career position?
  • What do you have in this job or in past jobs that you want in your next career position?
  • What have you not had in a job that you do want in your next career position?
  • Highlight what speaks to you and create a plan of action to create your ideal job.

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Katie works with individual executives, small business owners and teams to identify tangible goals with real personal and professional meaning. Her coaching methodology moves her clients from operating from their Blind spots to operating from their Brilliance by defining, practicing and owning who they are and the goal they wish to achieve. A member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a graduate of Coach U, Katie lives in Denver, CO and coaches clients all over the globe.

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