Baby Boomers held an average of six jobs between the ages of 24 to 46, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, and trends seem to indicate that number is only going to increase for future generations. In today’s workplace culture, professional reinvention is a necessity, not an option.
I recently left my long-time employer to follow an entrepreneurial path and did months of research in preparation. I found some things that really worked for me along the way, and while everyone’s situation is a little different, if you’re thinking about making a change, you might find this six-step approach helpful to your own process.
Step 1: Diagnosis
Step 2: Introspection
Step 3: Definition
Step 4: Adaptation
Step 5: Expansion
Step 6: Transition
You own your career. It can be easy to lose sight of this fact when you’re employed by someone else or are at the mercy of clients for freelance work. However, by thinking long term and being proactive about defining your goals, purpose, needs, and passions, you will feel more empowered to make the sort of choices that lead to a fulfilling professional life. After all, as Sartre observed, “We invent ourselves by virtue of the multitude of our choices.” Who will you invent next?
Sarah Faulkner, Principal, Faulkner Strategic Consulting