As the leaves dance in shades of gold and the scent of autumn fills the air, it’s as if change itself is an art form. Fall arrives, and with it, the reminder that transformation is a natural part of life. Just as the trees shed their leaves, we too have moments when shedding the old paves the way for the new.

Let’s talk about change. Specifically, change when it comes to our careers. You know career is that path we tread for a significant part of our lives. As the great Stephen Covey said, “Begin with the end in mind.” Imagine your career as a journey. Are you headed in a direction that resonates with your core values and passions? Or are you climbing a ladder that’s leaning against the wrong wall? You don’t want to get to the top before you discover that fact.

Here are some steps to embrace change and seek purpose-driven work:

  1. Reflect on Your Values: Take some time to jot down what truly matters to you. Is it creativity, making a difference, or perhaps work-life balance? Reflecting on your values is like setting the coordinates on your career compass.
  2. Evaluate Your Current Path: Assess your current job or career trajectory. Does it align with those values you hold dear? If not, it might be time to consider a change.
  3. Identify Your Passions: What makes your heart race? What activities make you lose track of time? Your passions can often provide hints about the kind of work that will bring fulfillment.
  4. Set Clear Goals: Define your long-term and short-term career goals. Having a clear target can help you navigate through change and make decisions that align with your aspirations.
  5. Research and Explore: Delve into industries or roles that resonate with your values and passions. This might involve online research, attending networking events, or even talking to professionals in those fields.
  6. Skill Assessment: Identify the skills you have and those you might need for your desired path. Investing in skill development can make you a more competitive candidate for purpose-driven roles.
  7. Network and Connect: Connect with individuals who are already in the field you’re interested in. Their insights can be invaluable in understanding the nuances of the role and industry.
  8. Craft Your Story: Your journey and experiences shape your narrative. Craft a compelling story that highlights your transition from your current role to your purpose-driven path and the value you bring.
  9. Embrace the Unknown: Change can be unsettling, but it’s often where growth happens. Embrace the uncertainty and view ambiguity as an adventure towards something greater.
  10. Take Action: Once you’ve gathered insights and have a clearer sense of direction, take the leap! Update your resume, start applying for relevant positions, and be open to interviews, meeting new people and new opportunities.

Remember, embracing change doesn’t mean abandoning everything you’ve worked for. It means honoring your growth and taking steps towards a more fulfilling career. Just like the leaves fall to make way for new ones, you too can shed the old to embrace a purpose-driven journey.

Here’s to change, purpose, and the beautiful journey ahead!

Get clear, gain confidence, make it happen – get hired sooner. Stay courageous.

As always, I wish you health and a clear path to offer your professional creativity within a job that’s truly right for you.

Success – at work, at play, every day!