Helping Professionals Find A New Career
HonnolDCounseling helps individuals identify alternative careers that match their interests, skills and motivations, and that also meet practical economic needs.
A skillful career assessment will consider options that you already have in mind:
- “I love to develop Websites, but I never thought of it as a profession.”
- “I’m always making music. I often hear lyrics in my head.”
- “I love to write -- short stories, poetry, anything.”
- “I write books in my mind while painting houses.”
- “People always tell me their problems. I’m always happy to listen.”
- “I’m always drawn to teaching something to people – usually kids.”
- “I need work that involves a lot of contact with people.”
- “I love to communicate with people.”
- “I have no patience for people. I need to work by myself.”
- “I’m naturally competitive. I need work that channels my ambition.”
- “I want to make a lot of money. I need money to pay for travel.”
- “I need flexibility in my hours, and lots of time at home with my kids.”
- “I can’t stand having a supervisor. I need to run my own show.”
- “I’ve always wanted to start my own business.”
- “My dream job is to operate a B&B. I already have a name for it.”
- “I’ve come up with this invention that . . .”
- “I need work that makes a difference in the world.”
In HonnolDCounseling, finding a new career is like solving a mystery:
- Gathering Data: Through highly focused and intensive conversations, and using fact-gathering tools and resources (such as vocational tests), you will gather data about your interests, skills and temperament.
- “Interests” are Most Important: Your interests are demonstrated over time by what you like to do. Your aptitudes and skills are likely to reinforce your interests.
- Begin With What you Know: You will start with what you already know about yourself, based on your life experience.
- Forget the Vision Statements: Rather than lofty statements of ideals, you will rely on the data of what has “already happened” to you, or what is “happening now” in your life.
- Build on Strengths: You will draw on existing strengths, such as your intelligence, creativity, attention to detail, and self-discipline.
- Insist that New Skills Come Naturally: New skills should come with a sense of “flow,” without too much intellectual “pushing and shoving.”
- Require Hands-On Experience: To confirm that a new profession is correct, you will need to test it out by gaining actual experience with it.
- Looking for Patterns: HonnolDCounseling will help you find a pattern or “theme” to your interests that fits the needs of a new profession.
- Consider Practical Issues: A new career must involve training that you can realistically undertake, and that will be feasible economically.
Most career changers must overcome strong “resistance” – all the reasons “why not”:
- You May Be Stubborn: Even if you are miserably unhappy, you may be reluctant to abandon the status and income of your field.
- You May Feel “Stuck”: You may need help overcoming emotional obstacles that keep you from implementing your decision.
- You May Not Be Unhappy Enough: Sometimes the most unhappy professionals finish first in a career search, because they have the greatest motivation to make a change.
HonnolDCounseling helps unhappy professionals move beyond their frustration, clarify their intentions, and take specific action, which may include:
- Pursuing other graduate or technical education;
- Networking with other professionals in a new field; and
- Finding (or creating) a new job.
Finding a good career “fit” is one of the great challenges in life. For some individuals, making a career change comes easily. For others, change occurs only after intensive effort and self-reflection, over a period of time. Once the new career emerges, however, there is great satisfaction, and no turning back -- but why would you want to?
HonnolDCounseling has helped hundreds of professionals complete a transition to a satisfying, new profession.