Has your career stopped working for you? Are you stuck in limbo, afraid, or confused about stepping out of your comfort zone to do something new? If that’s the case, then use this post to answer the question, “How can I find a new career direction?”
Find a New Career Direction DIY Style
To help, I recently gathered information from top career and leadership development experts about the best do-it-yourself resources available to career finders and career changers.
They shared their time-tested, favorite tools with me. You will see them compiled into the video below.
If you’re a reader, we have books; visual, we have videos; or hands-on, we have guided visualizations and workbooks.
Throughout the video, you will find life-changing resources that can help you determine career goals, a career path, and start you toward the career success you want.
First, the video provides some brief, reassuring advice from career and life coach, Phyllis Mufson. Then, it dives right into the resources.
So, if you’re 100% DIY, you will find what you need to answer the question, “How can I find a new career direction?” right here:
After you view the video, to make it easy for you to find the resources, I’ve provided links to each of them (no affiliate relationships):
- Finding Your Way in a Wild New World (book).
- Let Your Life Speak (book).
- The New World of Work (book).
- Start With Why (Ted Talk).
- Values in Action (VIA) Character Strengths Survey (experiential).
- Getting Unstuck (podcast).
- The New Quick Job-Hunting Map (experiential).
- The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (intro video).
- Career Anchors (experiential).
- Transitions, Making Sense of Life’s Changes (book).
Find a New Career Direction with a Coach
But what if you want to work with a coach? Janet Civitelli, Phyllis Mufson, and Donna Schilder (in alpha order) are my “go-to” recommendations for career changers. They have the knowledge, professional training, experience, and wisdom to help you decide on your next move.
Phyllis works out of the Eastern Time Zone, Janet is on Central Time, and Donna is on Pacific Time. You will find each of them on LinkedIn. I do not have affiliate relationships with Phyllis, Janet, or Donna. I simply respect and admire their work. In addition, I’ve have had 100% positive feedback from our mutual clients.
Don’t Miss the Comments Below
Finally, to update the original 2014 post, I’ve asked another group of career pros to add their recommendations in the comments section below.
Sharing is Caring
BTW, if you know someone who wants to figure out what their dream job is, or find a new career direction, but doesn’t know how to make it happen, then please share this post with them.
Knowing you want a change, but not knowing how to go about it, can feel both scary and lonely. They will appreciate the resources and thank you.
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Updated August 2019
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Donna Svei, an executive resume writer and former C-level executive, retained search consultant, and CPA, writes all of AvidCareerist’s posts. She has written for and been quoted by leading business, general, and career media outlets, including Forbes, Mashable, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Lifehacker, Ask.com, Social Media Today, IT World, SmartBrief, Payscale, Business News Daily, and the Muse. Let her background and experience inform your job search strategy and decision making.