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Narrowing your career choices to your advantage

This is Laura Lee Rose, a business and efficiency coach that specializes in professional development, time management, project management and work-life balance strategies.  In my Professional Development Toolkit package , I go into professional development and real-world IT topics in detail. If you are interested in more training in these areas, get signed up

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Steve Wynkoop (founder of and Bits on the Wire) and I talk a lot about designing and managing our professional careers on a weekly interview on SSWUG TV. Recently I was approached by a professional struggling with what her next career position should be.  Her background was in project management, but she could go back to school and get her MBA.   She should start something on her own, or she could stay exactly where she is and focus on her PMP certification.  She could take her transferable skills and move into operational management for the executive level. She could do this or that or the other.  She was continually flip-flopping among all these options that she was stalled.
So – what’s a quick way to narrow your choices in this example?

As with most professionals, the list of what we can do is often very large and diverse.  When we start to make a list of everything that we ‘could’ do, we often get overwhelmed.  Instead – focus on what you really want to do, and then align you skills to support the more specific ‘focus’.  This tends to help narrow the field and eliminates the risk of moving into a position that you ‘could do’ but actually hate.

The general attributes I am specifically talking about are things like:

1)     Do I want to work with people in a team environment – or work on my own as an individual contributor

2)     Do I see myself working in a small-family owned company or a large corporation

3)     Do I want to work for someone and get a consistent salary; or am I better suited for sales (base salary with potential for large commissions based on my performance)

4)     Do I want be my own boss or rather work for someone else’s company

5)     Do I enjoy administrative and organizational duties versus marketing and getting out in front of people?

6)     Do I want to focus on customer service?  Is customer satisfaction is a big passion of mine or would I rather work behind the scenes with no customer interaction?

7)     Do I want to work in the Cloud and on next generation technology?

8)     Do I want to be part of the delivery and deployment teams that actually go out to client sites to install the product and train the clients?

9)     I enjoy designing, developing and rolling-out business and development process for the organization.  So, do I want to work for a company that designs software development processing tools?

10)  How would I actually describe my dream job in these general attributes?

As you can see, I have not mentioned a job title or skill set in the above list.  I am just focusing first on designing the general work environment.  Continue your wish list and start considering opportunities that encompass your designed attributes.  In this way, regardless of the opportunities, you will always be satisfied with the doors that open up for you.
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I have helped people on a per project basis.  For example: mapping out the pros and cons of two job offers; revamping their resume to attract more corporate interest; managing their boss; and narrowing the direction of their next steps.  I have reasonable rates for per project consulting.  No long contracts and discounts for continued enrollment.

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About the Author

Laura is a Corporate Exit Strategist for the Blooming Entrepreneur. She is a certified business and personal life coach, specializing in time management skills, project management training and work/life balance strategies. She has been in the software and testing industry for over 20 years. She’s worked with such companies as IBM, Ericsson, Staples, Fidelity Investments and Sogeti in various client advocacy and project management roles. The techniques she uses in her business coaching and client advocacy work saved these companies both time and money, which resulted in on-time, quality product delivery with higher client satisfaction. Laura now uses her client focus, project, quality and people management skills in her personal life coaching career. As a personal life coach, she helps people transform their life by integrating their goals and dreams into their everyday lives. Laura uses creative and practical tools to help her clients realize what really matters to them. She helps others to easily transition into their next chapter whether it’s the next ladder of success within their corporate environment or into the entrepreneurial playground. I am not a fan of choosing to act in spite of fear. Rather, together we will collaborate toward a plan of inspired action. We will develop a plan together that you feel confident and excited about. For us, Taking The Leap will be magical, exhilarating and natural. If you are eager to take that next logical step but are unsure what it is signup for the Corporate Exit Strategy Coaching group. We have books, tapes, training materials, twice-monthly group coaching events, 3-day workshops, and individual coaching sessions to help you on your way toward your freedom and prosperity.
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