By Karen Kodzik
Karen Kodzik is a Twin Cities-based career management coach, speaker and author of the book Navigating Through Now What?. She provides tips and advice on how to think through making a career change in this guest blog post below:
Thoughts of any change can be equally exciting as well as daunting. Changing jobs or careers is no exception. Whether you initiate change or change is imposed upon you, change does not come easily to most. There are many stages you may want to consider as you consider making a change in your work.
Pondering. This is when you recognize that your current work situation is no longer serving you or fulfilling you. You see the benefits of changing jobs outweigh the negative consequences of staying. However you may not be sure you are up for changing jobs, you may not have the time or energy or you may not believe there is a better job out there. In this stage you are daydreaming about better days and pondering “what if?”
Considering. This is when the idea of change moves from daunting to exciting. You start to think of possibilities in a more concrete way. You may seek out the counsel of someone who has made a similar change before you. The idea of change starts to materialize however still lacks a clear goal, timeline and game plan. Your thinking moves from “what if” to “why not?”
Planning. This is when you start to gather concrete information, mobilize resources and create a project plan for tackling change. Sometimes this stage can be overwhelming given the myriads of information available and not knowing what information is most relevant to you. A plan provides the road map for career change, ensuring more likely success in transitioning to something new.
Implementing. This is the stage when it’s time to move beyond thinking and planning to making change happen in you career. This is embarking on sustainable activity that moves you closer to your goal. It is about addressing and overcoming set backs and obstacles. It is where you are committed to the belief that change can and will happen.
Recognizing these stages of change are fundamental to realizing rewarding careers.
About Cultivating Careers and Karen Kodzik
Cultivating Careers was founded by Karen Kodzik, a Career Management Consultant who has worked with individuals in transition for over 15 years. Karen meets professionals at various points on their career path and works with them to gain a clearer sense of where they want to take their careers. Karen is highly regarded in the Twin Cities market. Uniquely qualified as a HR insider, management consultant and coach, Karen Kodzik holds a Masters Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Career Development. She is a contributor and source for the Minneapolis, St. Paul media on job market trends, employment and career related topics. Her recently published book “Navigating Through Now What?” has been a valuable resource for anyone finding themselves at a career crossroad. A popular and passionate presentor and speaker she quickly and easily engages her audience, leaving them empowered and equipped for any career transition. She has coached and consulted various levels of professionals across industries to successfully reach that next point in their career.
The Cultivating Careers team includes top notch career professionals who specialize in LinkedIn, interview prep and practice, and standardized assessment. This team helps us provide our clients to exceptional customized individualized consultation as they prepare for the next step in their career.