I need serious help connecting with someone who can help me plan a new career path. Where can I go for this?
Go to the end of your street. Turn left. Go three blocks (where the McDonalds is) and make a right. Follow that for 3.2 miles (track it on your odometer–otherwise you’ll miss it!) and look for a small house with purple curtains. Park on the street (not in the driveway, she’s very particular about who parks in her driveway). Take a plate of chocolate chip cookies with your name and phone number up to the front porch. Ring the bell, put the plate of cookies down and leave. If you’re lucky you’ll get a call back!
Oh wait, not helpful? Sorry.
It’s not a lack of resources. It’s a lack of clarity on your part. (I know, I know, that’s the problem.)
You want a new career path. Excellent. What’s wrong with the old one? I’m not asking this because I’m trying to encourage you to stay in your current path. I’m asking because you really need to know this. If your problems are:
1. I hate my boss
2. Stupid company policies
3. No raise in 3 years
You may not need a new path, per se, but rather a different job in the same field. If your problems are:
1. I’m an accountant and I can’t add
2. I’m a kindergarten teacher and I can’t stand kids
3. I’m HR person and I don’t like people
You probably need to start a new path, except for the last one. We’ll just move you right into employee relations.
I’m a big fan of free (or at least cheap), so I have to recommend books before counselors that charge you money. What Color is Your Parachute always gets rave reviews, although I have never read it.
For only $8.76, Amazon.com is selling Career Coward’s Guide to Changing Careers. Again, I haven’t read it, but I thought the title was cool.
What are your hobbies? Yes, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get a new job that just requires building model trains, but if that’s your hobby, maybe you should consider something that requires working with your hands.
The key thing in a situation like this is that you not just sit around and mope. Read the books. Figure out where you want to go. Talk to people who are already there. Figure out how they got there. Start down that path. Do something EVERY DAY towards your new goal.
If you do that, you’ll get onto a new career path.