Can We Still Teach A Man To Fish, Or Are The Waters Too Polluted?

JoanHeadI believe wholeheartedly in lending people a helping hand. Especially if you possess expertise that can contribute to a person’s well-being.

In my case, I relate back to the classic TV show, “This Is Your Life”, and instead call it “This Is Your Career Life” – and try to help people separate themselves emotionally and look at their work experience from a 360-degree perspective. When doing so I’m always struck by how conditioned our working population has become to feeling duped if they follow what’s perceived as a “stable plan” and end up being unemployed or underemployed. They consider themselves a victim instead of figuring how the heck they got into their career predicament in the first place.

So, rather than experiment with a bunch of quick career fixes or a long-term government program to bail you out, I invite you to consider the way I’ve seen people truly be able to take back what is rightfully their own: themselves.

  1. Change Your Attitude. If you don’t change the way you think about your future you won’t change your beliefs and, ultimately, your action. A You, Inc. approach is the beginning.
  2. Identify Who You Really Are. I know it’s tough, but you have to take the time to figure out what you’re good at and how it relates to the employer marketplace. We have to get away from the low-skill jobs that eventually robots will perform and develop skills and an attitude that employers will actually be attracted to. Stop believing you’re enhancing your background for someone else – you should be doing it for the betterment of yourself. If you keep compromising on what you want you will never move forward physically, mentally, or monetarily.
  3. Research. Do as much research and be as informed as possible before you decide on a career direction. Stop thinking you have to use your background in a traditional linear way and find out how an occupation has changed. Start exploring and gain a true understanding of how the employment landscape has changed. Is there a niche out there that you can service that you never gave consideration to? If you’re a master at anything and you stay on the forefront of your craft you will have a leg up on your complacent competition. You must prove to an employer that you knew what you wanted, and went after it.
  4. Meet The Experts. Get out and get advice from experts. Get involved in associations and listen and learn – other people are usually happy to share their professional paths and success stories. Start a network of mentors and potential employers who would consider you and your background.

I’ll have more on this topic later this week, so check back in at our Career Reform blog often!

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