I've had quite a few different jobs. At the time, they didn't seem all that connected. But looking back, I can see how each one built on the previous one. I'm reminded of some career advice I've heard.
Simply stated, it is, "If you change fields, bring all the skills you’ve learned with you."
This means seeing your career as a flow, where one experience builds on another, even when individually they seem to not have much in common.
Most Americans change jobs every four years on average. So, it's possible you'll have 10 or more jobs in your career, each one with built-in lessons.
It's easy. To start, ask yourself these questions. What jobs have you worked? What were the requirements of each job? What are your special skills, the things you excel at? What do you really love doing? What have you studied?
- NUMBERS. An accountant’s training will help with tracking expenses and projecting costs.
- SOCIAL. Someone with exceptional people skills might set up barters for services, or negotiate prices with suppliers.
- GEEKY. If you have computer skills you’ll be able to use the Internet for locating bargains as well as information.
- INTELLECT. If you’d rather read than do anything else, study the local real estate market to make better staging decisions.
- ARTSY. A collector can use her trained eye to select the best decor items to display.
- MANAGER. If you are accustomed to overseeing a staff, you’ll be good at setting goals, delegating and scheduling.
- BUYER. Even a passionate shopper can put her skills to use finding deals.
Use your list to decide where to begin, how best to use your time, and when you need to bring in some experts.
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