Eric Murphy, Engineer
Eric is passionate about making a difference in the world. After figuring out his career fit, he moved into work that fulfills his life purpose.
on this episode
- Why it’s so important to get clear on your career needs and where to start in that process.
- How to figure out the companies that are best suited to your strengths and interests.
- Hear just how far a 15-minute phone call could take you in landing the career you want.
- Learn how to make time for your career change, even when you’re already working super long days.
What if we tell you that it’s possible to figure out a new career that’s a perfect match to your values and interests, even if you don’t have the time to make a career change?
Well, today’s guest is living proof of that.
Eric Murphy had been working as an engineer at a gas company, but his employer no longer felt like the right fit. Since he’d started out in that position, his values had changed – something that’s really common as people develop in their careers, by the way. He deeply cared about climate change and knew his purpose was to make a difference in the world, so working for a fossil fuel company no longer made a whole lot of sense.
When he came to us for help, he didn’t know how to figure out the right fit or where he’d even find the time to make a career change, when he was already working 10 to 14-hour days.
In this conversation, you’ll hear how Eric defined his strengths and personal goals, so that he could identify career possibilities that would make a great fit. He shares the intentional actions he put in motion: how he targeted companies that aligned with his career needs, how he set up dozens of conversations with CEOs at these employers and built a new network in his areas of interest, and how he created a blog to document his thoughts about these subjects. And he did all of this alongside a busy schedule!
The end result? He landed a new role at a renewable energy company, which truly aligns with his values.
I think what helped me the most was focusing on my strengths and the connections that this process, the whole happened here, the career change bootcamp, those connections that basically you're prompted to go reconnect with people right? So, that helped me the most because the roller coaster that I was on with the role that I was in that I was trying to exit from, again, it realizing that people had a positive view of me and that they saw things that maybe I didn't see in myself really helped me articulate who I already was and who I wanted to be in my next role, if that makes sense.
I wanted to thank you because you have helped me land a job that is more fulfilling in every way than a job I thought I could have had before I met you. The work you did and the techniques you taught me literally changed my life.
Sometimes you just need someone who has done these things before to make it easier. Scott’s advice allowed me to get exactly what I wanted out of my new job!
My brain always goes 'Well, what's the worst that could happen?' And that was another one of the exercises from Figure Out What Fits and once you realize what the worst that can happen is, it's not really that bad. In the big scheme of things, it might knock it back for a minute or two, but it's not not a biggie. They have not found it to happen yet. So I've just been pleasantly surprised every step of the way.
Getting clear on what I wanted helped me to recognize how perfect this opportunity was when it came along and the choice to switch was a no-brainer. Thanks for doing the work you do!
If you're stuck, if you want to know what to do, go listen to this podcast, it will change your life. And I was thinking, "great, okay." And then of course, I go to the website, and everything that I read, it was like, "Yes, this is what I've been looking for."
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