I speak often with many contacts and former clients who are showing the unemployed scars of the last two years. 2016 will not demonstrate as a year of solid employment income reporting for many, whose careers are aligned with the oil and gas, mining, or related engineering industries.
Further, 2015 sent many of us into a reflection on a chosen career vocation based on a lack of income. Believe me, many close to me, including my family members and close friends, have been laid off from work throughout this time.
During the conversations, my contacts request some help on educating themselves on the subject of Career Change. And I always reinforce that Career Counselling is not my expertise; however, I have learned a few great tips from my many years of experience within HR Consulting, which I promised I would summarise and share:
If you are considering a Career Change and want to read the leading authority on this subject matter, see Richard Nelson Bolles . I read Bolles in 1999 when contemplating a career move from Vancouver to Calgary. At the time, his book What Color Is Your Parachute? was on the top selling list. Today, Bolles is still a best-seller, and he updates his advice yearly. Even better, Bolles also has taken the prescribed exercises from his book, and created the What Color Is Your Parachute? Workbook, which I believe is also revised annually.
I did the exercises from Bolles’ Workbook for the second time in 2013, while contemplating starting my own consulting business. The confirming outcomes and “notes to self” that the Workbook provided me, were well worth the expense and effort of completing the exercises. For me, I confirmed that I know what I know, and love what I do, so it is only natural for me to continue on my chosen career path.
I am also a big fan of the author Marcus Buckingham. I believe in his ideas from First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently. I have recommended this subject matter expert to former clients and employees: take the StrengthsFinder online test, and then read Buckingham’s Go Put Your Strengths to Work: 6 Powerful Steps to Achieve Outstanding Performance
Or, for those with Management experience, consider reading StandOut: The Groundbreaking New Strengths Assessment from the Leader of the Strengths Revolution.
Buckingham has done much research and I think at the end of the day, he would like us all to know ourselves better and do what we are designed to do well, within our careers. Indeed, think about further developing your own special gifts and talents to join the ranks of subject matter expertise.
Learn to embrace change. My favorite quote is, “When you're finished changing, you're finished.” (Benjamin Franklin).
Thus, I believe it is best to know oneself, stay positive, and move with the times. We all have gifts and talents that can be used for our own benefit, and in more than one environment. Learning more about your gifts and talents, intentions, and planning a career path, is the best gift you can give yourself and your loved ones this Holiday Season.
Again, I am not an expert about Career Change, yet the cycle of Talent Acquisition includes outplacement, and I have heard some good advice to pass along. Some may well choose Career Counselling or Career Coaching. That said, the two authors above will provide good advice to begin with.
In closing, I hope my tips will be of value to you. And if not currently employed, know you are in good company. Like many folks, I have the pleasure to know and work with great Executives and Subject Matter Experts who are now in search for new opportunities to engage their own special talents.
I wish you and them good health and success with each new 2017 endeavor.
Julie Bowman: Human Resources & Immigration Consultant, and Technical Talent Acquisition Specialist