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Talk given in March 2013 at Dublin City Public Libraries as part of their public lecture series on career development. Prepared and delivered by John Deely BA MSc, Occupational Psychologist with Pinpoint (www.pinpoint.ie)

Talk given in March 2013 at Dublin City Public Libraries as part of their public lecture series on career development. Prepared and delivered by John Deely BA MSc, Occupational Psychologist with Pinpoint (www.pinpoint.ie)

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  1. 1. Changing Your Career in Difficult Times Helping organisations bring out the best in their talent Helping individuals make positive and rewarding career choices www.pinpoint.ie Dublin City Public Libraries – Career Direction and Development Programme Prepared by John Deely BA MSc Occupational Psychologist with Pinpoint.
  2. 2. Where Will You Be in Five Years?
  3. 3. Events that make us reflect on our career  Redundancy  Pipped at an interview  Significant birthdays  New manager  Peers moving ahead  Life events  Having a family  The “economy”  An approach about a job
  4. 4. 3 wheels of career success Managing Your Career Role / Job Context / Environment
  5. 5. 2 Clues to Talent  The Art of Interviewing – Two Clues to Talent  1) Rapid learning. Think of projects / roles where you learned a lot in a short period, or where you were in at the deep end?  2) Sources of Satisfaction. “What gave you most satisfaction about an incident / scenario?”
  6. 6. Career Clues and Strengths  Challenges  Achievements  Moments of satisfaction  Feedback  Scenarios  Learning  Colleagues  Managers  Collaboration
  7. 7. WORK HIGHLIGHT EXERCISE  Turn to the person next to you. Decide who is going first.  Listener says ‘I’m interested in hearing about a specific work situation or story where you felt positive about what you were doing at the time; something that stands out in your mind’  Talker, tell your story with no interruption – be as descriptive as you can. Provide a bit of detail.  Listener, listen and then ask questions. Use the 4 W’s (Who, What, When Where) and How? to explore and understand the event.  3 minutes each to tell your story. I will signal for you to swap roles.
  8. 8. Health checks / Career Maintenance  Am I enjoying my role as much as I was 6 months ago?  If yes,  Progress  Satisfaction & Strengths  People  If No,  Explore Why?  What can I do?  Engaging help  Write your future CV for next 12 months. Does it fire you up?
  9. 9. Be a Career Detective  Be forensic, learn from each chapter of your career  Be clear about.....  your skills, your qualities, the scenarios you like  the contexts that you enjoy  your values
  10. 10. Be yourself ““People don’t change that much. Don’t waste time trying to put in what was left out. Try to draw out what was left in. That is hard enough.” Source: "First break all the Rules, what great managers do differently" by Buckingham and Coffman.
  11. 11. A principle to underpin your career management  Value your offer  “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”
  12. 12. Your values, your ideal context  Find the right career is as much about the right context as it is about the right activities  Right skills wrong scenario
  13. 13. CAREER ANALYSIS MANY THINGS Career Direction, CV, Linkedin, Interviews, Informal Conversations, Professional Development, Personal Development.
  14. 14. Interview Question #1 Can you highlight something from your career that has given you real satisfaction. What would you choose and why?
  15. 15. Remember your stories
  16. 16. Challenges  Habits  Wrong career choice  Clarity about your strengths  Gap  Challenge of Change  Income flexibility  Well-being / nature of the work  Internet  Network
  17. 17. The Process of Change  1952 Lewin, Unfreezing, Moving, Refreezing  1969 Kubler-Ross, Denial, Anger, Bargaining, depression Acceptance  1989 Rashford & Coghlan, Denying, Dodging, Doing, sustaining  Cut to the “moving and doing” 5 years before you plan to retire. A phase of trial and error.  Doing different things. Deepening your network. Expanding extracurricular activities. Learning.
  18. 18. Habits & Rituals  “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle  “First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you." Rob Gilbert
  19. 19. Being pigeon holed
  20. 20. A Personal Project  The transformative power of a personal project by  Site: www.brainpickings .org
  21. 21. “To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Psychology is action, not thinking about oneself. We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.” Albert Camus
  22. 22. Taking on new things  Talk on www.TED.com by Matt Cutts  Energy / Enthusiasm enhances one’s offer
  23. 23. Overnight Success “You bet I arrived overnight. Over a few hundred nights in the Catskills, in vaudeville, in clubs and on Broadway.” Danny Kaye
  24. 24. Job Search Channels / Activities  Direct Application  Recruiters  Self-employed  Contract roles  Linkedin  Networking
  25. 25. The Reality of Networking  I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.  Over 50% of roles  77% of industry leaders  Generosity  Resilience  References / Intelligence  Diversity
  26. 26. Networking – Building Trust  Does anyone know any good plumbers?  “Go to” people  Mavens, connectors and sales people  It takes time to build a network or indeed to re- build a network.  Shared values or interests.  I wish I had…
  27. 27. THE CURRENCY OF NETWORKING “The currency of REAL networking is not greed, but generosity.” Keith Ferrazzi
  28. 28. Different Career Modes  Consulting  Free lance  Part time  Expert role  Non-executive  Mentoring / Training  Interim Roles  Web based opportunities  Own Enterprise
  29. 29. E.g. Older Entrepreneurs  New business formation up from 14.3% to 20.9% in 15 years in the US  55 to 65 year olds have the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity  25% of small business in the UK founded by over 50s  4 year study of start-ups 64% survival rate for start- ups by older people (vs 48% overall)
  30. 30. WRITE YOUR FUTURE CV  Think about the next 12 to 18 months  What would you like your future CV to look like?  Sections  Work experience  Education & Training  Extracurricular activities  Interests
  31. 31. Position yourself for Opportunities “Chance favours the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur “We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?” Jean Cocteau.
  32. 32. Summary  Review your career in a forensic way  The capacity for change is a muscle which needs to be exercised.  Your network is an ecosystem which needs to be maintained.  Transition takes time.  You may need to recruit yourself

Notes de l'éditeur

  • Find out how it is possible to take control and to create the best fit between the person you are and the job you do every day ’
  • In essence, for many people this is the wrong question. Some people have a plan but for other people they have pieces of the jigsaw. For some people, they are so busy with their current commitments, that they have not thought about it. Each aspect of your career to date has been an experiment which provides data on that.
  • Marketing / Public good / charity
  • introvert. Story, running. Be quite authentic to your style, it is not about boasting.
  • Mind the gap. It is hard to flog
  • You need to assess whether evolution is an option or reinvention is an option. For companies, people, much reinvention happens on the downward curve.
  • The currency of networking is generosity not greed. Keith Ferazzi
  • Retire and hire back.
  • 611,000 enterprises launched in the last 2 years are by entrepreneurs in the 50s and older. Research show that 50% of midlife entrepreneurs want to give something back, meet the needs of the community, solve a critical social problem. Research has identified three types of older entrepreneurs: the constrained entrepreneur, who has always wanted to start a business but for lack of finance or family flexibility has been unable to follow through; the rational entrepreneur, who sees self-employment as the next step of their career, or as a way to increase personal wealth; and the reluctant entrepreneur, who is forced into self-employment due to a lack of acceptable alternatives and insufficient wealth to retire early (Singh & De Noble 2003).
  • We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like? Jean Cocteau. Practical exercise. If there is a role out there that you think you might like in time, try and find a job description or an equivalent one. Think about how your offer matches that role, how does it need to be developed?

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