Laura Parker, Client Manager
After deciding to get out of Law, Laura found herself in Sales at a technology company, and quickly realized she needed to figure out how to make this new role more ideal.
on this episode
Our hope in going through a career change is to find a dream job and live happily ever after. But… life is often not that simple. Career change is an iterative process of working to move steadily closer to our ideal role and our ideal life. On the podcast this week, Laura Parker shares her story of what happened when she worked very hard to change careers, only to discover that her new role wasn’t the exact fit she had hoped for.
What you’ll learn
- Why it’s important to gain insight into identifying exactly what you want, so that you know exactly what to ask for, which makes you more likely to get it.
- How to pivot when you accomplish a career change only to immediately realize that you’re ready for another career change (spoiler: it’s ok, it’s all part of the process!).
- Why you should discuss your job dissatisfaction with your manager in a way that allows the two of you to cooperate to make your role better.
I see much better now how my five Clifton strengths tied together and the ones that I had felt were really not that much of a big deal, I can see better how they are innovative to me as a person and to my strengths and where they come from. And that was a kind of a new thing. What I love is new situations and learning, and I actually actively look for opportunities to push myself out of my comfort zone. So, and if I look back at past roles, I would tend to have to go back to go to the land and to run a major program that had been failing. And I didn't know a lot of the nitty gritty, the detail of all the different projects, but I had the organizational skills, I wanted to learn about the different projects. I wasn't fazed by the fact that I didn't know any of that detail. So I had the challenge of learning and the environment initially and also the challenge of language as I learn to. And that satisfied my learning.
My favorite part of the career change boot camp was actually having some of those conversations and getting feedback and positive feedback about strengths. And to me that was key, because in that moment, I realized that my network not only is a great for finding the next role, it also is helpful to… they help you remind you who you are and who you will be in your next role, even if the current circumstances are not ideal.
I just remember from that visioning exercise, being able to say no to something, even if it's a great opportunity or a great experience. It shows that as we moved through these journeys, whether it's life or even business that we… we have to stay true to what we're really searching for and wanting to create.
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