Has your career stopped working for you? Are you stuck in limbo, afraid or confused about stepping out of your comfort zone to something new? If that’s the case, then use this post to answer the question, “How can I find my profession?”
“Find My Profession” DIY Style
I recently gathered information from top career and leadership development experts about the best do-it-yourself resources available to career finders and career changers. They directed me to their time-tested tools, which I have compiled into the slide deck below.
If you’re a reader, we have books. If you’re visual, we have videos. If you’re experiential, we have guided visualizations (I love slides 13 & 14!) and workbooks. You will find life-changing resources in these slides.
The deck starts with some brief, reassuring advice from career and life coach, Phyllis Mufson, and then dives right into the resources.
If you’re 100% DIY, then you will find what you need to answer the question, “How can I find my profession?” right here:
All the Links in the Video (no affiliate relationships)
Slide 8: Finding Your Way in a Wild New World (book).
Slide 9: Let Your Life Speak (book).
Slide 10: The New World of Work (book).
Slide 11: Start With Why (Ted Talk).
Slide 12: Values in Action (VIA) Character Strengths Survey (experiential).
Slide 13: Getting Unstuck (podcast).
Slide 14: The New Quick Job-Hunting Map (experiential).
Slide 16: Career Anchors (experiential).
Slide 17: Transitions, Making Sense of Life’s Changes (book).
“Find My Profession” with a Coach (no affiliate relationships)
If you want to work with a coach, Janet Civitelli, Phyllis Mufson, and Donna Schilder (in alpha order) are my “go to” recommendations for career changers. They have the knowledge, professional training, experience, and wisdom to help you decide on your next move.
Phyllis works out of the Eastern Time Zone, Janet is on Central Time, and Donna is on Pacific Time.
Don’t Miss the Comments Below
For this 2018 update to the original 2014 post, I’ve asked another group of career pros to add their recommendations in the comments section below. I hope no one feels lost after seeing all of these resources.
Sharing is Caring
BTW, if you know someone who wants to make a career change, but doesn’t know how to make it happen, then please share this deck with them.
They will enjoy the resources and thank you.
Knowing you want to make a change, but not knowing how to go about it, can feel both scary and lonely.
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Updated March 2019
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Donna Svei, an executive resume writer and former C-level executive, retained search consultant, and CPA, writes all of AvidCareerist’s posts. She has written for and been quoted by leading business, general, and career media outlets, including Forbes, Mashable, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Lifehacker, Ask.com, Social Media Today, IT World, SmartBrief, Payscale, Business News Daily, and the Muse. Let her background and experience inform your job search strategy and decision making.