Since I have received a lot of requests from people to help them change their career, I thought this guide with 7 steps to reinvent your career, might help you too. At the heart of any successful career change is a great idea. Some seem so simple we wonder why we didn’t think of them before. Others are so inspiring we wonder how we ever could have chanced upon them.

1. Connect And Visualize Your Big Picture

With all good brainstorming, you have to start by clearly defining the problem that you want to solve, combining your work values, your strengths, and your talents.

2. Celebrate The Past

It’s important not to run away from your current career. Reflect on what you like and where you’d be happiest doing this.

3. Dream Big

Ask yourself the big, scary questions about what you really want for breakthrough ideas.

4. Google Intelligently

Google is your friend with the best career information, be that job sites, associations, members' groups etc.

5. Leverage Your Experience

Use intelligent LinkedIn Advanced searches to see what’s worked for others with similar role and industry experience. Get to a short list of what industry you could be in, and touches on what you know about, what the content of the work is and whether you are curious about it. Here is a realistic appraisal of the industries in which professionals with your experience are most valued. 

You can leverage LinkedIn to be inspired by what similar people have done.  Use the Keywords field to search for the specific skills you're hoping to use in your next role or the job title search filter. You can also enter the name of your degree here, as the Search function doesn't have a field for this purpose. To find people who have similar background to you, then refine the years of experience, role and industry filters. Because some LinkedIn users do not populate this field, doing so may limit your results. Then narrow it down by being more specific about your preferred job titles, industries and roles.

6. Use the best career tests and tools

Try out sites like Sokanu, Omnifolio and Onet online - all with databases of 700+ jobs to get matched quickly. 

7. Schedule Your Creativity

Schedule time to come back to the tough questions for you to reflect however works for you (on a run, listening to music, taking a shower, on a journey)..

I know these steps can seem like a lot (I promise it’s simple once you get started) – so to make it easy, I want to give you all in the Life Productions community a template to walk you through the process. It’s the same one I use every week and I encourage you to use this to kick start your career change. At the heart of any successful career change is a great idea. Some seem so simple we wonder why we didn’t think of them before. Others are so inspiring we wonder how we ever could have chanced upon them.

Imagination is the start of all good career changes. It is the beginning of all achievement.

To imagine is to perceive many of your potential futures, select the most delightful possibility, and then pull the present forward to meet it.

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"When I look back at the person I was before – the person I thought would look accomplished, important, and powerful; the person that ‘fitted in’ and did what they were told – I see a completely different person to the one I am now. Back then, I see someone trying to define someone else’s definition of success. Today, I’m no longer chasing after other people’s definitions; I am making my own. I’m focussing on my own values along with my strengths and skills, and only pursuing things that are important to me."

Martin Underwood, Head of Career Strategy and Careers Consultant at Life Productions.