When you look at your next career options it's tempting to get practical. What am I trained to do? What do I have the experience to do? It's certainly the "logical" way to go about finding your next career.
AND, in my experience, getting practical too early in your exploration process closes more doors than it opens. Your mind gets so engaged in what you are "qualified" to do, that you lose all connection with what you want to do.
In my work with clients I have them dream....and dream big! I have an easy-to-use brainstorming activity that helps my clients come up with over 40 viable career ideas in about an hour. These career ideas are based on their favorite skills and interests. We don't just look at the skills they can do, but we look at the ones that excite, intrigue, and fascinate them.
Exploring these "ideal" career ideas gives us more insight and direction than all the logical thinking they've done about their options up to that point.
There's plenty of time to be realistic and reasonable about your career options...but unless you invest some time opening your mind to expand what's possible, your practical career options aren't going to engage you.
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