Changing Your Career in Difficult Times

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Published on March 15, 2013




Talk given in March 2013 at Dublin City Public Libraries as part of their public lecture series on career development. Prepared and delivered by John Deely BA MSc, Occupational Psychologist with Pinpoint (

Changing Your Career in Difficult Times Helping organisations bring out the best in their talent Helping individuals make positive and rewarding career choices Dublin City Public Libraries – Career Direction and Development Programme Prepared by John Deely BA MSc Occupational Psychologist with Pinpoint.

Where Will You Be in Five Years?

Events that make us reflect on our career  Redundancy  Pipped at an interview  Significant birthdays  New manager  Peers moving ahead  Life events  Having a family  The “economy”  An approach about a job

3 wheels of career success Managing Your CareerRole / Job Context / Environment

2 Clues to Talent The Art of Interviewing – Two Clues to Talent 1) Rapid learning. Think of projects / roles where you learned a lot in a short period, or where you were in at the deep end? 2) Sources of Satisfaction. “What gave you most satisfaction about an incident / scenario?”

Career Clues and Strengths  Challenges  Achievements  Moments of satisfaction  Feedback Scenarios Learning Colleagues Managers Collaboration

WORK HIGHLIGHT EXERCISE Turn to the person next to you. Decide who is going first. Listener says ‘I’m interested in hearing about a specific work situation or story where you felt positive about what you were doing at the time; something that stands out in your mind’ Talker, tell your story with no interruption – be as descriptive as you can. Provide a bit of detail. Listener, listen and then ask questions. Use the 4 W’s (Who, What, When Where) and How? to explore and understand the event. 3 minutes each to tell your story. I will signal for you to swap roles.

Health checks / Career Maintenance Am I enjoying my role as much as I was 6 months ago? If yes,  Progress  Satisfaction & Strengths  People If No,  Explore Why?  What can I do?  Engaging help Write your future CV for next 12 months. Does it fire you up?

Be a Career Detective  Be forensic, learn from each chapter of your career  Be clear about.....  your skills, your qualities, the scenarios you like  the contexts that you enjoy  your values

Be yourself ““People don’t change that much. Don’t waste time trying to put in what was left out. Try to draw out what was left in. That is hard enough.” Source: "First break all the Rules, what great managers do differently" by Buckingham and Coffman.

A principle to underpin your careermanagement  Value your offer  “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”

Your values, your ideal context  Find the right career is as much about the right context as it is about the right activities  Right skills wrong scenario

CAREER ANALYSIS MANY THINGSCareer Direction, CV, Linkedin, Interviews, InformalConversations, Professional Development, PersonalDevelopment.

Interview Question #1 Can you highlight something from your career that has given you real satisfaction. What would you choose and why?

Remember your stories

Challenges  Habits  Wrong career choice  Clarity about your strengths  Gap  Challenge of Change  Income flexibility  Well-being / nature of the work  Internet  Network

The Process of Change 1952 Lewin, Unfreezing, Moving, Refreezing 1969 Kubler-Ross, Denial, Anger, Bargaining, depression Acceptance 1989 Rashford & Coghlan, Denying, Dodging, Doing, sustaining Cut to the “moving and doing” 5 years before you plan to retire. A phase of trial and error. Doing different things. Deepening your network. Expanding extracurricular activities. Learning.

Habits & Rituals “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle “First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you." Rob Gilbert

Being pigeon holed

A Personal Project  The transformative power of a personal project by  Site: www.brainpickings .org

“To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.” Albert Camus

Taking on new things  Talk on by Matt Cutts  Energy / Enthusiasm enhances one’s offer

Overnight Success “You bet I arrived overnight. Over a few hundred nights in the Catskills, in vaudeville, in clubs and on Broadway.” Danny Kaye

Job Search Channels / Activities  Direct Application  Recruiters  Self-employed  Contract roles  Linkedin  Networking

The Reality of Networking  Id like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.  Over 50% of roles  77% of industry leaders  Generosity  Resilience  References / Intelligence  Diversity

Networking – Building Trust  Does anyone know any good plumbers?  “Go to” people  Mavens, connectors and sales people  It takes time to build a network or indeed to re- build a network.  Shared values or interests.  I wish I had…

THE CURRENCY OF NETWORKING “The currency of REAL networking is not greed, but generosity.” Keith Ferrazzi

Different Career Modes  Consulting  Free lance  Part time  Expert role  Non-executive  Mentoring / Training  Interim Roles  Web based opportunities  Own Enterprise

E.g. Older Entrepreneurs  New business formation up from 14.3% to 20.9% in 15 years in the US  55 to 65 year olds have the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity  25% of small business in the UK founded by over 50s  4 year study of start-ups 64% survival rate for start- ups by older people (vs 48% overall)

WRITE YOUR FUTURE CV Think about the next 12 to 18 months What would you like your future CV to look like? Sections  Work experience  Education & Training  Extracurricular activities  Interests

Position yourself for Opportunities“Chance favours the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur“We must believe in luck. For how else can weexplain the success of those we dont like?” JeanCocteau.

Summary  Review your career in a forensic way  The capacity for change is a muscle which needs to be exercised.  Your network is an ecosystem which needs to be maintained.  Transition takes time.  You may need to recruit yourself

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