Someone once asked me “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and I was never able to answer this until my early 30’s. It has taken me years to figure out this question was the problem, not me. Why should a teenager have to have the weight of this question put on their shoulders or anyone for that matter?
Most people these days still reply with something noble and standard- a doctor, an AFL player, someone rich and famous. The question to replace this with is- where are your interests at now? Asking this question takes the pressure off, you will see the person smile, their eyes light up and you will get a genuine answer you probably weren’t expecting. This doesn’t have to lead to a job or even a career. Where their interests are, gives an insight into their world, what lights them up and how they like to spend their time. The more we know about ourselves, the more we understand how to translate that into all areas of our lives, including work and help make decisions about what type of career we can express these interests through.
The World of Work is changing so rapidly these days and many people are finding themselves changing what they considered their job forever to be more of an evolving process that shifts with their interests, experiences and opportunities. This process of evolving can hit obstacles especially when an unexpected change happens and the person doesn’t have the tools or strategies to adapt swiftly, they can find themselves in a Career Crisis. A place of total “I don’t know” and stuck.
The essence of this book is to help people like you and me who find themselves stuck after a sudden ending and lost somewhere between a new beginning in their career. This is a guide to steer them back on track, to get them out of taking any job that they probably won't like anyway and once and for all find meaning and purpose in their career. To help them discover the person they are becoming and move into this new chapter, with ease. At the moment they are probably not sure what this new career looks like, let alone what they need to do to get there and that’s ok. This is where the tools, tips and stories in this book will give them the answers they are looking for.
You chose this book for a reason and this is THE sign you have been waiting for, now is the time to change and grow into the person you always knew you were meant to be.
My intention for writing this book is to allow the words on each page, combined with the steps you take to clean up the mess your unexpected change caused, bringing happiness, clarity, perspective and peace you have long for. Along the way, you will discover who you are after this unexpected change, your strengths, interests now and much more so you find the career you have been searching for, finally!