Chang­ing for bet­ter

Leonie Gor­don is a work-life coach, an Eyes Wide Opened work­shop fa­cil­i­ta­tor anda for­mer so­lic­i­tor. She is help­ing peo­ple to ask them­selves bet­ter ques­tions dur­ing a work-life up­heaval ahead of her in­ten­sive Get Un­stuck two-day course in Ab­erdeen on Septe

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Are you fac­ing a big change in your work­ing life? Maybe it has been forced on you through re­dun­dancy, or you’ve de­cided it’s time for a ca­reer re­think.

The chances are you’re ap­pre­hen­sive, un­cer­tain or just stuck about where to start and what is re­al­is­tic.

A great start­ing point is to ask your­self bet­ter ques­tions about your work­self, and how that per­son fits into your whole self and your life’s am­bi­tions.

I meet many peo­ple who spend years not ful­fill­ing or even ex­plor­ing their quiet, long-held in­ter­ests and cu­riosi­ties.

Know­ing who you are and what suits you, your strengths and am­bi­tions need to come be­fore think­ing what type of job you want.

Cre­at­ing a more mean­ing­ful work life be­gins with be­ing more cu­ri­ous about your­self.

Start by con­sid­er­ing how you ex­press your­self. Whether we pas­sion­ately sup­port a sports team, build things, make things, grow things or style things, these are all ex­pres­sions of who we are and how we’re known to oth­ers. If it’s a sig­nif­i­cant part of who you are, you’ll ex­cel if you can use that qual­ity at work.

Se­condly, ask: what are my qualities? The power of your per­son­al­ity can land you a job. So it’s im­por­tant to know and ap­pre­ci­ate what makes you unique. Ask peo­ple who know you – their feed­back might sur­prise you.

Next ask your­self what you love do­ing beyond ob­vi­ous hob­bies. We tend to list the things we en­joy as hob­bies, in­ter­ests or pas­sions. Take it beyond these de­scrip­tions to get to other ac­tiv­i­ties you re­ally be­lieve in and act upon. Could they trans­late into em­ploy­able skills?

When you talk about a pas­sion, you come alive. Tak­ing time to iden­tify these can of­fer in­valu­able in­sight into where you could ex­cel at work.

Don’t shut off ca­reer change and new work op­tions be­cause you’ve pre­dicted the out­come.

I’ve coached many “stuck” ca­reer-shifters af­ter nav­i­gat­ing three ca­reer changes of my own over 30 years.

I al­ways thought it was my work role that de­fined me, but now I al­low my­self to de­fine the work that I do. I’m a mother and cre­ative en­tre­pre­neur, run my own coach­ing/ coun­selling busi­ness, A Cu­ri­ous Life, and work with ca­reer-shift ex­perts Eyes Wide Opened. As a for­mer so­lic­i­tor, that’s not how I imag­ined my jour­ney.

If you need to get un­stuck from a ca­reer rut, or if you have a work-life up­heaval on the way and need clar­ity on how to nav­i­gate it, feel free to get in touch and get cu­ri­ous about what and who is open to you – email leoniegor­

IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL: Leonie Gor­don, right, coach­ing with Su­san Urquhart

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