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How to Change Careers

How can you change careers safely and securely?

Let master career change coach, Unre Visagie, show you how to approach your career change for maximum gain. People that follow the Career Maker process typically earn the same and sometimes even more after their career change. This happens because they clearly communicate the skills, resources and attititude they bring to their new job, career and company.

Watch this expert video from Master Coach, Unre Visagie below:

We are talking today about careerdevelopmentplan.net and its product: Career Maker System. This is a safe, secure, proven and now foolproof system on how to change careers. Change careers safely, securely, calmly and with a plan. The issue is the plan can only come from you. Or shall I say the content of the plan must come from you.

We have found over the years that the thing that stops most people is fear, fears are from perceptions, they are not real, they are just perceived. It’s really important to know that these fears are never real. FEAR simply stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. Fear generates perceptions of risk, huge risks, and the risks are perceived since the fears are perceived. One of the many fears is fear of the unknown and fear of failure.

Fear of failure, where FAIL is a First Attempt In Learning. During everything we’ve learnt in life, from walking, talking, bicycle riding to driving a car, we have failed, and we have learnt from this failure. The Americans in California call it very nicely failing forward. With bicycle riding you even lost some skin. What happens to people is that they feel safe in some job or career, and they perceive that change is going to mean losing that safety, instead of the view that change creates new safety. You can see it as a box that you’ve got to escape, or a prison, and all you need is the key because the key to success can only work from your hand opening the door from inside. It can never be opened from the outside.

The other way to look at this whole safe career change is to realize there’s a lot you can see up here that you cannot really touch. It’s the glass plate principle, you feel you can touch it but you bump. What you bump against is that glass plate or the box or the prison that consist of these perceptions and fears which are not real. When you look at career change, midlife career change, change at 40, it is an issue of the work you do, the job within which you do the work, the company within which you have the job, and a company is always part of an industry. If you can get this aligned to suit you, life must be very close to perfect.

We like to break into a second area where your work aligns with your job and then with your long-term career aims, and if that aim is clear it’s like a beacon you put out there. You can publish it on linkedin, you can tell your friends, you can send letters, and all the people you know who know people can send it, because you are clear. That brings us to the challenges of career change in this model that I have briefly touched on.

The first challenge is to reach this clarity, and that is why part of the process is to search for information, prepare the information, and choose where you want to be engaged: job, company, industry. Make sure it lines up with your long-term career, so that you continuously aim for your career beacon. All of us can do that.

We have achieved this with thousands; thousands in our companies, because we realized that when people have this alignment and they have sufficient new challenges their productivity jumps. We also realized that if we can get people productive quickly it is very beneficial for the company. It was very expensive to hire new people; we had to get them productive quickly. This is where these processes were born.

The processes have been honed during the last 12 years in coaching at a high end but we have engaged in a lot of pro bono work at schools, universities and communities as well. I must admit the communities were the toughest, that is where the processes really got simplified, and became foolproof. Clarity is critical. That clarity must be prepared and communicated and the alignment must be kept. Through communication you clearly engage the company and industry, you engage the teams you work with, and you communicate and engage with the people around you.

A young lady, Laura, came to me and said: “My husband says if I keep on working in this company I’ll be stupid, I must leave immediately.” I sat down with her and we went through this process, we looked at the plusses in the company and we look at the minuses in the company, we made a balance sheet. She went home and told this new story to her husband. As it turns out, she was mostly focussed on the issues and problems that she had, and as we addressed a lot of the problems, it helped clear the minuses. Afterwards they said that if you leave this job you’ll be a fool.

It is a change in perception, using the information, preparing the information, communicating the information. You will hear those three steps in many different models and guises, but it’s always just the three steps. Get hold of new information and facts, organize the information, and communicate what you’ve organized.

It’s always just three steps to maintain alignment, provided you know what you really want, what makes your eyes light up, what makes you happy to go to work so you never feel like you work a day in your life. I sometimes almost feel a bit guilty to acknowledge that for nearly 25 years I’ve been working in that space where I never felt for a moment that I am working. 20% to 30% goes into work I would like to delegate. I try to delegate since I believe if I don’t delegate I steal somebody else’s work, but you can’t always delegate so a percentage will always be tough.

You can view this alignment and clarity as overcoming the challenges which makes your fears disappear. It’s not as if you address them, by getting clarity and information the fears simply go away.

The following is an equivalent model that you can use. The purpose of your career, your career aim, your career beacon during the short term is to choose the work you do, in the job you do, for the company and the industry you want to do it in. This should align with your long-term personal wishes for earnings, career, how much you work, where you work etc. That means that strategically you keep your long-term career aim, it’s your long-term career vision and mission, almost like a company vision and mission. In the short-term your objectives and your tasks always align with your strategic plan.

That plan, just like in any company, you must be able to communicate succinctly: why and what about your career, why and what about your job, why and what about your industry and why and what about your choice. All of this is about you; you are the centre of this always. However, if you put yourself first you come last.

What is important is the service you’re going to deliver to the team around you, your company and your industry, and back home. From that service you will get your returns. Always look at what you can contribute, how you can grow what you contribute. Look at your store of goodies that you can use to be productive, that store will grow very fast. You can choose where you apply your store, who buys in your store what you offer.

We hope we’ve made it clear that a career change at any time in your life can be a safe and secure process and your fears could disappear, provided you realize you’ve got to be aligned, you address the challenges, you communicate with the people around you, your purpose of career, your career beacon and your career aim is clear. You can have a long-term plan to keep you aligned with your work, job, company and industry. I hope I will see you again down the line in our Career Maker System which is foolproof.

Using the Career Development Guide
Chapter 1
Within the pages of the Walk & Talk guide you will find many very useful tools and processes to assist in getting the most out of your career and personal life. The book is presented in the form of four characters interacting with each other, asking questions, giving answers, supplying more information and adding extra wisdom. On this page you will meet three of these characters, Questioning Qwesty, Clarifying Exclamy, Knowledgeable Bino and Wise Elephant. On page three is a more thorough introduction to the three characters.
This guide aims to assist the reader in building a career like one would build a business, the same knowledge that build successful family businesses build rich and successful careers. View the skills, resources and relationships one accumulates as key building blocks in building a career you want, work becomes fun and one never has to do another days work in your entire life!
We named this book the Walk & Talk guide because one learns the skills required for a successful career and business the same way one learns to walk and talk; by observing and imitating those who already know how to do it! Your desire to walk and talk came from being amongst people who could walk and talk. How do you get exposed to where your talents applied means you never do a days work in your life. In short, identify the skills one needs to achieve a goal, identify the individual or organization that does what you require and engage those resources. Career training, career education and the importance of career networking can be achieved using a straightforward career builder process we call “Identify and engage the resources one needs to build a great career!”
We have compiled this book and it contains processes that strive to assist you in building a super successful career!
PS. Supplement all you learn from this book with extra resources such as the web (we provide many useful links), books, people (start a discussion group at the office), forums ext.
Before setting out on this big journey of discovery as you call it, explain to me how this book is organized. Will I be able to find my way when I want to read about a certain topic or wish to review some material?
The content is organized and presented in two ways to help you obtain the maximum value from reading and using this book.
On the next page you will find a Table of Content which indicates the structure of the book. As indicated on the previous page, the Walk & Talk process concerns itself with three principal role players. The contents is consequently grouped under three main headings relating to the INDIVIDUAL, the COMPANY and the CUSTOMER.
Within these main headings, the topics are organized in a series of categories for ease of reference. The aim is to convey to you the essence of each topic as clearly and concisely as possible.
Besides orientating you about the concepts and tools used in the company, this book is also intended to serve as a reference guide to be used whenever you wish to refresh your memory on relevant concepts and processes as they crop up in your work.
A book of this nature can never contain ALL the information needed for a complete understanding of each topic (although we try :-). Many of the topics will be clarified during training sessions and further discussion groups. We will also use the internet extensively for many more relevant sources of information.
Many of the concepts presented here span the boundaries of the categories used to organize the material for presentation in book format. Many key topics should be read and explored in conjunction with one another. Therefore the various topics and themes are presented as “mind maps” as well to assist you in developing an overall picture of the various ideas and their inter-relationships.
Depending on your current level of growth, you will find the Walk & Talk process a useful tool:
To enhance your understanding of the concepts, skills and tools relevant to your work within a company, your career and in your personal life.
As a quick reference guide to refresh your memory about the tools, processes and diagrams as they crop up in your work.
As a guide to identify personal training and development needs.

Using the Career Development Guide

Chapter 1

Tools and processes

Within the pages of the Walk & Talk guide you will find many very useful tools and processes to assist in getting the most out of your career and personal life. The book is presented in the form of four characters interacting with each other, asking questions, giving answers, supplying more information and adding extra wisdom. On this page you will meet three of these characters, Questioning Qwesty, Clarifying Exclamy and Wise Elephant. On page three is a more thorough introduction to the three characters.

This guide aims to assist the reader in building a career like one would build a business, the same knowledge that build successful family businesses build rich and successful careers. View the skills, resources and relationships one accumulates as key building blocks in building the career you want, work becomes fun and one never has to do another day’s work in your entire life!

Walk & Talk guide

We named this book the Walk & Talk guide because one learns the skills required for a successful career and business the same way one learns to walk and talk; by observing and imitating those who already know how to do it! Your desire to walk and talk came from being amongst people who could walk and talk. How do you get exposed to where your talents applies means you never do a days work in your life. In short, identify the skills you need to achieve a goal, identify the individual or organization that does what you require and engage those resources. Career training, career education and the importance of career networking can be achieved using a straightforward career builder process we call “Identify and engage the resources you needs to build a great career!”

We have compiled this book and it contains processes that strive to assist you in building a super successful career!

PS Supplement all you learn from this book with extra resources such as the web (we provide many useful links), books, people (start a discussion group at the office), forums etc.

w&t_question

I Ask

Before setting out on this big journey of discovery as you call it, explain to me how this book is organized. Will I be able to find my way when I want to read about a certain topic or wish to review some material?

w&t_exclamation

I Answer

The content is organized and presented in two ways to help you obtain the maximum value from reading and using this book.

On the next page you will find a Table of Content which indicates the structure of the book. As indicated on the previous page, the Walk & Talk process concerns itself with three principal role players. The contents is consequently grouped under three main headings relating to the INDIVIDUAL, the COMPANY and the CUSTOMER.

Within these main headings, the topics are organized in a series of categories for ease of reference. The aim is to convey to you the essence of each topic as clearly and concisely as possible.

Besides orientating you about the concepts and tools used in the company, this book is also intended to serve as a reference guide to be used whenever you wish to refresh your memory on relevant concepts and processes as they crop up in your work.

A book of this nature can never contain ALL the information needed for a complete understanding of each topic (although we try :-). Many of the topics will be clarified during training sessions and further discussion groups. We will also use the internet extensively for many more relevant sources of information.

Many of the concepts presented here span the boundaries of the categories used to organize the material for presentation in book format. Many key topics should be read and explored in conjunction with one another. Therefore the various topics and themes are presented as “mind maps” as well to assist you in developing an overall picture of the various ideas and their inter-relationships.

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I Advise

Depending on your current level of growth, you will find the Walk & Talk process a useful tool:

  • To enhance your understanding of the concepts, skills and tools relevant to your work within a company, your career and in your personal life.
  • As a quick reference guide to refresh your memory about the tools, processes and diagrams as they crop up in your work.
  • As a guide to identify personal training and development needs.