Career REinvention – Dream BIG!
By Randi Bussin
Looking for your dream job? Ready to try something new? Helpful tips and tools to move you from one career to another.
Brainstorming Career Options
Once you have had a chance to assess your career likes, dislikes, motivated skills, values and passions, it is time to brainstorm potential career options where you can meet most of the criteria you have identified.
One way to go about this is to recruit several brainstorming partners. The expression, “more heads are better than one” definitely applies in this case! A good brainstorming partner is someone who is a good “out of the box” thinker, has worked in a variety of different career settings and does not have their own “agenda” about what you should or should not do.
Once you have recruited your candidates, send them a document outlining everything you have discovered about yourself – career likes, dislikes, passions, values, etc. Add in any additional notes that you think would be relevant, such as not wanting to go back to school, or geographical limitations. Then ask them if they would take 30 minutes of their time and brainstorm as many possible career options. Give people about a week to complete this assignment.
Once you get back all of your brainstorming information, sit down with a trusted colleague/friend and look at the choices. Try to narrow them down to 2-3 career options that you seem really interested in and that you would like to research. Once you begin researching options, you can always go back and modify this initial list. For example, suppose you select “fundraising” as one of your 2-3 career choices. If, after some initial web research and some informational meetings, you decide it is not something you want to pursue at this point in time, you can always take it off your list and add in another career option.
Randi Bussin, a Career Reinvention strategist, guides executives and business owners towards a renewed sense of direction, an actionable career reinvention and personal branding plan.