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02/23/07
Career Shifting: Things to Consider
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Mentoring, Recruiters
Posted by: site admin @ 11:44 am

A colleague and I are gathering information about
writing an article concerning careers in chemical
fields.  Certainly, we all must continuously upgrade
our skills and seek out new skills that keep each of
us marketable.

Two very nice articles to point to are:

-”How to switch to a new career,” by Andrea
Coombes

-”Finding Pride and Passion in Mid-Career in a Side-Job,”
by George Anders.

 There are many insights in these.  Let me simply
highlight three in each.
Switch-Coombes-
  Hedging strategies- Ms Coombes points to several topics
that amount to translating what one does well into something
valued, in increments;  Don’t invest too much time and effort
into something without mid-course “reality checks” 
  360-degree self assessment- go about viewing what you
have liked doing with imagination.  Insert ‘the expansion’
of what kinds of emerging or growing concerns prize those
things you have done.  Use resources like mentors and
instruments (social psychology tools) to get some objective
probes and some of the words that capture the thoughts.
  Be a ‘purple squirrel’-  speak and understand the lingo
that shows you are what  recruiters seek and that you match
with experience many of the needs they have.

Side-job-Anders-
  People in mid-career no longer talk about their career
in conversation, but express with passion their avocations.
They have learned that striving to work 70 hour work-weeks
 for the adulation of their employer gives them little time for
family and passions.  Work, however, provides the
foundations for allowing us to enjoy families and passions.
  Second identities appear for a number of people in
professions that allow them to view and experience life
more broadly and in concert with their evolving values.
  Time management, setting personal priorities and
communicating to achieve workable outcomes earn
higher marks for people who at mid-career want to
seek out their passions with second identities.

Can readers offer their thoughts on aproaches to
mid-career happiness?

Dan

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