How do I reinvent myself in my career?
This question comes to me in many different forms: how do I make a career change? What do I want to do with my life now that I’m all grown up? I know this isn’t it for my career, but I don’t know what is? How do I change course in my career?
Today we’re talking about what it looks like to reinvent yourself in your career, some inspirations who have done it, and some step-by-step actions you can take.
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Who is this episode for?
- The woman who feels like she’s in the inbetween
- The woman who doesn’t feel like she’s herself
- The woman who is making a big career pivot
- If you’re questioning what you’re doing – especially in the face of 2020
When I think of Reinvention, Who Comes to Mind?
To be honest, I think of celebrities when I think of reinventions. They are the masters of this. Some who stand out to me:
- Taylor Swift
- Kim Kardashian
- Robert Downey Jr.
The Definition of Reinventing Yourself
You may have spent 2020 realizing you’re not doing something you want to be doing! It’s not too late, friend. If you want to head toward strategic planning instead of putting out fires, or shift your career otherwise, identity is key.
My Career Identity Reinventions:
- Career Coach
- Single Girl
- Christian girl
- Wall Street girl
- LinkedIn Girl → “Isn’t Jena the Queen of LinkedIn?”
I want you to sit down and think through this question:
- Who are you in your career?
- How do people Identify you?
- How are you nurturing your personal brand?
You have a personal brand – whether you like it or not, you have one. And you can shape it. We tell ourselves a lot of truth and untruth – listen in to last week’s episode for more on that.
IT IS POSSIBLE TO REINVENT YOURSELF IN YOUR CAREER
Though a lot of times when I think of people who have reinvented themselves, I think of celebrities, there are many other stories of reinvention to be found! So many of us get stuck thinking about a linear career path. And that’s an anomaly these days. People change jobs every 2-5 years now.
When you can identify more as a marketer instead of a historian in your career, you can be a master of career reinvention. My masterclass teaches all about this.
Some that I find very inspiring:
- Second Act Stories podcast
- I have a friend who was a business leader, managing a team of about 30 and then went on to become a successful novelist – writing over 11 books, winning awards in her genre
- I reinvented myself in my career and I’m sure I’ll do it a zillion times over. I am multifaceted and therefore my career is as well.
- Jeff Bezos didn’t launch Amazon until 31. He was successful in computer science, but transitioned to ecommerce.
- Julia Child: she became a celebrity chef at 61. And not without difficulty and grumbling from many others!
- Vera Wang: she became a fashion designer at 40 after years as an ice skater and journalist.
- Ray Kroc of McDonald’s bought that company at 52
What you have to get comfortable with
Reinvention is not an “easy button” choice. It will be hard. It requires intention and hard work. But it is do-able. It is possible if you dare enough and dream enough.
You need to be ready to get comfortable with:
- Feeling uncomfortable
- Be patient with slow growth – crockpot not microwave
- Cultivate curiosity – be a constant learner
Questions to Ask Yourself
Write these down and really work through them.
Who am I now in my career?
Who do I want to be in my career?
WHY? Why do I want to change? Why does it matter?
Next Steps to Take
After answering these questions, then take these next steps:
- Get Silent - what lies are you telling yourself?
- Get Clarity - values, vision, strengths, gap. We do this within Recruit the Employer.
- Get a New Brand - what’s your NEW value proposition?
- Get Community - coaches, friends, support network. Don’t go it alone.
Reinventing takes time. But I want you to know it is possible.
Hop on over to LinkedIn and message me - what was your biggest takeaway?
- Feeling inspired to make that career change?
- Maybe the 4 steps helps bring focus to your reinvention plan
- Making you rethink your own identity in your career
How to Reinvent Yourself in Your Career
November 11, 2020