Avoid Being the Career Frog Boiling in the Water

Posted by: Mark Franklin on février 19, 2015 4:25

hilton« My inner voice was speaking loudly saying, ‘you don’t want to do this for the rest of your life,' » Kate Hilton told Career Buzz listeners (Jan. 7, 2015). She realized leaving her law career « would become more and more difficult. I didn’t want to be the frog boiling in the water. »

Kate’s working identity was becoming more ingrained, so she quit the firm, leaving a trail of « startled » co-workers, friends and family. What was she going to do next? « My strategy was, I don’t actually know what I want to do. I know what I don’t want to do. And I have this excellent package of skills that are transferable. I’m an excellent writer and public speaker, » and she’d even won a national trial competition.

So, Kate told « every single person I knew that I’m making a career change, and I don’t know what it’s going to be. » She asked them to set up meetings with « anyone you think I ought to meet. » Kate helped them to help her by naming a few areas of interest: « public relations, communications, project management, writing. » One of those meetings turned into an informal job interview which led directly to Kate’s next career, « where I worked for 13 years. »

How do the clues apply to you? Kate’s career evolved because she intentionally explored possibilities of interest through inspired ‘field research’ meetings. She did no online job searching. Take a page out of Kate’s playbook and use a more effective, proactive and empowering approach of ‘intentional exploration’ rather than relying exclusively on posted jobs. See how Kate’s career has evolved one more time, as a successful novelist.

Hear the whole interview also featuring Michael Kerman on blending his interest in travel with his career in human services resulting in his people-to-people trips to Cuba.

*The views expressed by our authors are personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect the views of the CCPA

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