The standard career model used to be as follows: After completing your education, you found a job and stayed in that position or industry for the next few decades until you retired.
That era has gone the way of the dinosaurs.
It is not uncommon these days to meet someone who started their career in one job or industry and then later on, ended their career in another job or industry. But that does not mean that the process of changing careers is an easy one.
In 2005, career coach Andrea Kay published Life’s a Bitch and Then You Change Careers: 9 Steps to Get You Out of Your Funk & on to Your Future. Whether it is due to layoffs, change in lifestyle or in family or just needing a fresh start, many of us at one point in our careers may seek to be employed in a job that is completely different from our current or most recent position. The steps that Ms. Kay outlines in her book is laid out in a methodical manner, taking the reader from the pie in the sky idea to the final step of seeing their dream job realized.
What I like about Ms. Kay and her books are that she does not beat around the bush. The steps she outlines are realistic and may shake up the reader in terms of their idea of their dream job. But in the end, if the steps are followed and the dream job becomes reality, then the process was worth it.
I highly recommend it.