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Stuck? Find the right career

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Are you wondering how to find the right career? Your dream career? The perfect job? But you are stuck? If so, don’t despair. There are solutions!

People get stuck for all sorts of reasons

* I don’t know what career is right for me

* I don’t know how to find my dream career

* I have too many commitments – money, family

* My family/partner/friend doesn’t support my career decision

* I’m under too much stress at the moment

* I’ve had a crisis at work

* I feel burned out and not motivated

* I think my skills and experience are not well matched

* I can’t afford to train or study

* I don’t know anyone in the industry

* I don’t know how to go about getting a job

* I haven’t got a good and current CV

* I’m afraid to make a change

* I’ll do something about it soon – I can’t just now

* I don’t know if I’ll get another job, or if it’ll be any better than my current job

Any of these ring true for you?

Sometimes (often) we don’t even know what is holding us back. And just as serious, we may not know whether the barriers we face are ‘real’ or ‘perceived’, and we may never even challenge ourselves to ask the question. If we believe it, it is real? Right? No, actually, wrong. But, sometimes we need someone to challenge us about those beliefs.

For example, many of my clients (and me at times too!) suffer from a lack of self-belief at times. In fact, this lack of self belief is one of the most common and difficult challenges faced by most people.

Stuck? Find the right career

How to get unstuck!

Talk it out.

First of all, you need to figure out why you are stuck. Do you know? Would it be helpful to talk to someone about it? Who could you talk to? The most important criteria is that the person you choose to talk to must be someone who will actively listen to you and who will be truly ‘present’ in the conversation. Think about who you could approach. A friend? A partner? A family member? A parent? A work colleague? Or a professional career coach? Sometimes the simple act of voicing our concerns helps us to clarify the issues.

Write it out.

Writing it out can be incredibly powerful. Write down an action plan. Write down your goals. Make sure your goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-framed), but make them worthwhile and helpful too. By merely writing down your goals and actions, your chances of actually DOING something increase greatly. Perhaps surprisingly, even doing the wrong thing is usually better than doing nothing at all.

Remind yourself about your goal.

You want to find your dream career? Visualize it. Dream it. Draw up an action plan and do it. Maybe just do one thing every day. Just keep moving. It may mean doing things out of your comfort zone. But remember, if you do the same thing today as you did yesterday, the result will be the same. Do you want the same result? Or do you want something different for your life. Check out ‘find your dream career’ for more help about what you actually need to do to find that perfect career for you.

Still stuck? Perhaps you need something more?

Perhaps it is difficult to clearly understand what it is that you want and why you are getting stuck?

If so, I absolutely recommend making contact with a good career coach. It is amazing what can happen in the ‘coaching space’. Merely sitting down with someone (or communicating via phone or email if necessary) can be amazingly effective. Especially if that person is a skilled and knowledgeable career coach.

Career coaching, in my opinion, is undoubtedly one of the best things you can do to get ‘unstuck’. It is immensely helpful to have a qualified and skilled career coach to talk to. Your career coach should be someone who:

* Helps you uncover your real (often hidden) barriers

* Helps you clarify exactly what you want to do

* Empowers you do know what to do and how to do it, and

* Inspires you to believe it is possible and to actually make it happen!

How do you find a career coach? Finding a great career coach is not necessarily easy. In some ways it’s horses for courses. Some people are going to respond better and have better results with some coaches – because of their style, personality, and processes. That’s life. That’s people. It’s just how it is.

But that being said, I do believe there are some excellent career coaches around.

If you want to find a career coach, my advice is to do your homework well first. Make contact and check out their credentials and experience. Take advantage of an obligation free first contact – if offered. See how you feel about them. If you like what you see/hear, then go ahead – career coaching can be wonderfully helpful. It is one of the most positive actions you can take for your future career.

Here are a couple of career coach suggestions to start. (Both are U.S.A based – I’ll have suggestions for some other countries soon!) I don’t guarantee these people, but they are starter suggestions for you. There’s Dale Kurow Dale Kurow – she’s got a raft of great qualifications, and heaps of experience and know-how.

Or, there’s Ian Christie from Bold Career. He’s got great industry experience, qualifications, networks and he offers a range of service options – including phone and online services.

Both are passionate about their work. From my perspective that is an absolute must. What could be worse than working with a career coach who doesn’t like what their job? Unfortunately such people do indeed exist.

Some clients get the interviews but don’t get the job offers. Is that you? If so, check out Best Job Interview Strategies”. It’s got everything you need to know and do before, during, and after the interview to get the job of your dreams. You’ll find tons of valuable information, articles, resources to help you interview successfully.

Or, another alternative is to contact findyourcoach.com (with The Coach Connection). They will match you with a coach to suit your needs. They are more focused on life coaching but they say they have over 132 coaches on their books and offer coaching services in many countries and have strict criteria about the quality and experience of the coaches they refer clients to.

I am a huge believer in the value of coaching. If you are stuck, make contact with a coach to get you moving again!