Barbara Brooks | SecondAct|Women Founder (52)
July 2018, my depression was leading my heart and mind and life was mentally challenging. I felt numb, unhappy, unappreciated, lost and aged-out. I felt stuck and wondered what the bleep was my future at 51. Then BAM! Suddenly, I’m “doing the work” on me and my five-year whisper to create a women’s event became a scream and I said, yes. Yes, to me and my new career aka mission. I pushed play.
More and more of you express to Lupe and me the same feelings are without any idea of what to do next or where to start. Well, you know the saying, ‘you only have one life’? Live it. Let go of the obstacles, fear and doubt you’ve placed in your own way. You’re young, sister. So why not?
Take these three small pieces of advice to get you on the trajectory to pivoting – finding your career, side gig or you. They worked for me when I my gut said go!
# 1 Grab a partner. Don’t go it alone, sister.
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller.
Create a group of like-minded women from various backgrounds looking for their second act. The outcome could be a beautiful collection of ideas and connections. Perhaps set group and/or individual goals and hold each other accountable for achieving them.
Interview and employ a career coach, or two. The amount of inklings and wisdom stemming from conversation and homework from your coach(es) could be eye-opening.
Set aside a day every week to have coffee with someone you would like to get to know. It’s worth the latte.
#2 Push play. Not pause.“When you push play, change happens, and opportunities appear.” – Barbara Brooks
Level up. Make a list of interesting career roles and determine a skill or skills related to the role and learn it. Teach yourself digital marketing by taking a Skill Share class. Learn to blog or how to be an influencer by following a YouTuber or two – or three.
Shadow a friend in an industry of interest. Continue your education. Plus, it feels pretty damn good to a know a bit more.
Keep the startup community in mind too. It’s growing by leaps and bounds and in some cases, you can write your own job description. Just ask Sharon Thomas with Nanno in Denver. She purposely sought the founders, Liz and Desi at Denver Startup Week 2018 and a month later, she’s heading up strategic partnerships in a role she created.
3. Humans first. Career second.
"Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They're attached to people. If you're looking for an opportunity, you're really looking for a person." – Ben Casnocha.
Job websites, recruiters, consultants and Google have their uses in your career search. But they're not necessarily the place to begin today. Start with people. Make a list of the people you’d like to meet from various industries, roles and organizations of interest and set up that coffee or info meeting. The power of being in front of people is you can present the real you – something a CV or résumé simply can't do.
Attending an event, group meeting or conference soon? Find out who is attending and determine the people you want to meet when you are there.
Okay. Are you ready?
It’s a journey to find your next career, not a weekend getaway. But ultimately, these few steps may lead to your dream role with the company you may not have known existed. Heck! You may discover something about you that’s been waiting to be found.
Now, I ask you… don’t you think it’s time to find your next big thing?