Keith Keller and Annemarie Cross have decided to take career success into their own hands. The two have a weekly radio show on Blog Talk Radio that focuses on positive, inspirational messages for people who are out of work or unhappy in their careers. Their show can be heard across the globe including such far reaching countries as India and China. They have also garnered a following here in the States and one of their US success stories was recently profiled by a Chinese television show (story starts about 1 minute into video and is in English).
I was honored to be a guest earlier this week on their show Career Success Radio focusing on my Soul Search, Research and Job Search approach and how to use it to Discover Your Passion, Purpose and Potential. Key to the conversation were the fears that keep people in jobs they don’t like:
–"I’ll have to start over at the bottom."
–"I’ll lose my lifestyle if I change careers."
–"I’ll have to go back to school and I don’t want to have to go into debt."
With Keith and Annemarie, we busted these common career change myths. For starters, transferrable skills such as project management, strong communication skills and the ability to work well with others enable many people to make lateral moves into new careers so they don’t have to start over. As for lifestyle, a financial plan is a key part of any career change strategy. Take my client Laura Rolands. She took a voluntary severance package from her employer Chrysler so she could have the financial freedom to invest in her coaching practice for ADHD. Chrysler later declared bankruptcy so Laura’s proactive approach paid off! As for school, don’t assume that you have to get a new set of credentials to change careers. To know for sure, get the facts of education requirements from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. You might already have all the education you need.
What do you think? Are you ready for a career change? Share your comments and ideas on what you’d love to have happen in your career. Share your concerns too and I’ll help you overcome the obstacles getting in the way. And join me this Wed at 4pm EST on Making a Living with Maggie where I profile a successful career changer! Get a free 7-day trial of SIRIUS.