10 Career Tips for Women. Number 2.

Number 2. Asking the ‘have you got a career plan? question usually results in some raised eyebrows and quiet sighing. It’s amazing how many of us have got where we are by reacting to events rather than taking charge. We can spend more time on choosing a car or an outfit than on planning a career.

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A plan is important: if you don’t know where you’re going how will you know when you get there? And if you know where your end destination is you can make choices about what kind of route to take there. And if you have a long term plan you can survive the ups and downs better and make the best decisions for you.

Have I convinced you yet?

Frequently I am consulted for coaching by women who know they don’t like what they’re doing, but don’t know what they want to do instead. It’s a very common dilemma and one I experienced myself. Not knowing what I wanted to do held me in a post I didn’t like for quite a few years. Don’t let fear of change hold you back. This is all about taking control. You, taking control of your career (see tip one)

Try this exercise taken from When Work Isn’t Working to help your thinking and answer each of the questions as honestly as you can:

In your dream job:

How would your working day begin?

How would your working day end?

Would you be travelling?

How would you be travelling?

Would you be home based?

Would you be in an office?

Would you be based outdoors, in contact with nature?

Would you be in a team of other people?

Would you be working totally alone?

Would you be the boss?

Would you be running your own business?

Would you be employing other people?

Would you be managing other people?

Would you have a business partner?

Would you be in a large global company?

Would you be working for a small local business?

Would you be in the public sector?

Would you be in the voluntary/charity field?

Would you have plenty of development opportunities?

What is a development opportunity for you?

What would make you think ‘job well done’ at the end of each day?

Would you be earning more or less than now?

If you love your job, how important are the financial rewards to you?

Close your eyes and allow yourself to dream. Don’t fall into the typical women’s ‘trick’ of not aiming high enough! Set the bar high. There is much more to you than you think.

Now write yourself a career plan. Writing it down helps reinforce intention. You could even go to futureme.org and send yourself 6 monthly reminders. You won’t know it all yet but you can fill in the gaps as you go. Age is no bar to this. I totally changed my life around at age 48 and 10 years on I am still changing and challenging myself!

For some inspiration read the amazing story of Sue Black. You’ll love it, I promise!

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Jane C Woods

Women's Personal Development Specialist - Changing People, -

Hi, I’m Jane C Woods and I have an absolute passion for helping women achieve success in their lives. Be it the glass ceiling, the crystal maze, or very personal issues, I’m all about helping women achieve to their full potential and live the way they want to without being carbon copies of men. But I’m not about putting men down in order for women to get ahead, there’s plenty of room; I just want the guys to shifty up a bit… If my face looks familiar it's because I love Psychologies magazine (I've been buying it since the very first issue, such a good resource) and it's the only place I choose to advertise my courses. I write on women’s issues on my blog, www.changingpeople.co.uk, and am regularly featured in magazines, and on radio, but I’m probably best known for RenewYou. RenewYou is my one day personal development course for women. We have an international network of experienced, specialist women licensed to deliver it and empower women across the globe. Our goal is to reach one million women. It’s a big goal but… In 2013 we started with a single RenewYou specialist, me. Now you can find a RenewYou Courses across the UK, in the USA, Canada, Greece, Bangkok, Pakistan, South Africa, Belgium, with new countries being added all the time. My dream was to create a thriving and caring business on ethical, and dare I say, feminine terms, with a real community spirit of help and encouragement. And it’s actually happening with the support, expertise, and enthusiasm of my wonderful trainers. I think, (apart from my two lovely kids, a daughter and a son) that it’s probably my proudest achievement to date. Wonderful Changing People Women: One of the joys and privileges of my work is that I’ve connected with some really inspirational and wonderful women – from politics to entertainment to academia. They include: TV presenter, house fixer and matchmaker Sarah Beeny Amazing entrepreneur Sam Roddick of Coco de Mer Outspoken and entertaining academic Mary Beard Politicians like Siobhan Benita and Natalie Bennett Ex BBC broadcaster Miriam O’Reilly who bravely took on the might of the BBC- and triumphed A very rare interview with Sarah Montague, of the influential BBC Radio 4 Today programme I hope you like the posts and I hope they are helpful. Live life to the max and never hide your light under any bushels!