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Career Change Pathfinding

Finding Work as an Immigrant

Finding work as an Immigrant

Last week I had the pleasure of running a Pathfinding and Career Workshop for Spirasi, an organisation that works with refugees. It was inspiring to see how many want to learn and succeed in their new home. But some are disheartened because they feel it is harder for them to find work in Ireland. Immigrants might have more obstacles to overcome, but they are not insurmountable. No matter where you come from, you always have options. It is just a matter of continuously improving your English and being creative in your job search by meeting as many people as possible and rework your CV to make you stand out. My father did it as a Spanish immigrant coming to Germany and I have done it here in Ireland. And if we can do it, so can you!

If you feel you need help, contact me at maite@space2change.com.

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Career Change

How to Change Careers

Over the last few months I have been talking about the steps that are involved in changing careers. This week I want to bring it all together again and give you a short overview on how to change careers. It includes the following stages which I have been writing about:

  1. Stage - Assessing your present situation

    1. What’s going on now?

    2. What to keep and what to change?

  2. Stage - Discovering what it is exactly that you want

    1. What is my ideal life?

    2. What do I love, what am I good at and what do I need to thrive?

    3. For scanners/multipotentialites: Which of my many interests do I want to pursue next? Or which of my interests do I need in my life constantly? (These can be more than one)

  3. Stage - Overcoming internal or external obstacles

    1. Are my beliefs about myself and my career really true?

    2. What ways are there to get around, over or through obstacles?

  4. Stage - Reality testing

    1. Is this really my dream career or just a hobby or escape fantasy?

    2. How can I do a dry-run of my dream career?


And this final stage:

  1. Stage - Changing careers

    1. Upskilling if necessary

    2. Writing your CV or business plan for your dream work

    3. Applying for jobs or setting up your business


Each of these stages consists of several steps that depend on your personal journey. I have given you a few examples and exercises over the last few months, so you can read back over them on this blog.


As I have said before, finding your path or changing careers is a process. It can take between 3-6 months or longer to successfully change careers. This depends on how clear you are at the beginning of the process on what you want to do next. Or sometimes you don’t have as many obstacles to overcome. I usually just went for it without thinking too much about if I could actually do it. I didn’t want to end up like my parents, regretting that they had never tried to do the work that they loved. And as I have frequently heard over the last few weeks: Failure is to never even have tried.


In my experience, clients who come to me to find out what they want to do with their lives, need at least 3 months to explore and discover their dreams. You are talking about the next years of your life. Would you not want to make sure they will be as happy and fulfilling as you can make them?

What stage of career change are you in?​

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Career Change Multipotentialites Pathfinding

Dream Career or just a Hobby?

Hopefully by now you have an idea of your dream job or business. Now I want to make sure that you indeed love what you want to do. So, the next thing is to test your dream against reality. A lot of people find themselves in their dream career, only to realise that it is not what they thought. I know several people who became yoga teachers and belatedly realised that practising it full-time took all the fun out of it. Opening a scuba-diving school in Thailand might seem like an endless holiday, but it is very hard work and will leave you only little time to enjoy the sun and beach yourself. Beware of escape fantasies you have when you hate your job.

So, how can you test your dream? There are two ways:

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Career Change Pathfinding

I don’t have the Qualifications

I don’t have the Qualifications

 

Last week we dealt with the limiting belief of I am too Old. This week I will talk about another common belief that frequently blocks my clients – I don’t have the qualifications.

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Career Change Pathfinding

A Day in Heaven

During my life, I have struggled several times with the question: “What do I want to do next?” And over time I learnt that it does not always matter if I don’t know exactly what I wanted. It was enough to have some ideas about what I want my life to look like to be able to move forward.

An exercise that I found in Barbara Sher’s book I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was has helped me several times to define my next career. A Day in Heaven also called Your Ideal Day will add more clues to the picture of you and your perfect work/life.

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Career Change

How to get a job you really, really want

In my last two posts, I have given you some of the elements of my personal job search strategies including a list of your skills and talents and a scenario of your perfect work environment. In this post, I am going to share how I ramped it up even more to get exactly the job I wanted:
I wrote a detailed scenario of my perfect work day including:

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Career Change

How to get a job you like

After getting out of a job that made me miserable, I landed in a job that interested me. If you want to know how, read my last post. I liked certain aspects of my new job, but overall it was not something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So, after a while I started looking again. This time I wanted to get a job that I truly liked and that incorporated as many aspects as possible of my ideal work environment. I still wasn’t entirely sure what my dream job was, but I had collected a few more clues. Here is what I did:

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Career Change

How to find another job fast

I once found myself in the situation of needing a new job fast in order to remove myself from a work environment that was affecting my health and well-being. I was in survival mode which is not the best time to figure out what you really want to do. You just don’t have the head space for it. So, with only vague notions about where I wanted to go, I followed this simple strategy below to get a new job, any job, and it worked for me within three months. Once you set an intention and put all your willpower and desire behind it, it will become real.
Here is what you do: