Five steps to your Career Escape Plan

Do you believe that life is too short to do work that isn’t exciting?

Have you been stuck doing work that feels meaningless for too long?

Are you ready to find a career path that provides challenge, excitement and passion?

I’m hugely excited to announce that Less Ordinary Living is now partnering with the amazing team at Escape the City, to help talented people “Do Something Different”.

We’ll be helping you to find work that makes you tick and that feels fulfilling.  We offer two programmes to support your change:

The Great Escape Program provides you with personalized one-on-one support to identify your ideal work and start making that a reality.

The Escape Committee will put you in a motivated group of like-minded professionals and walk you through a step-by-step process to make your Escape and find work you love.

I made my own Escape from the corporate world to running Less Ordinary Living over the last five years.

Whatever you are hoping to do, I wanted to share five key steps to creating your own Career Escape Plan:

1. Get your head straight

Making a fresh start, a complete career change or setting up your own business will take courage and a positive attitude.

My family and friends thought I was nuts to give up a “secure” and established career path to train as a coach and I needed to be strong to stick to my guns.

I also know that the biggest barrier for many of my clients is in their own head.  The voices of doubt and fear they face can be major challenges to making a significant change.

Getting your head straight means believing in yourself, understanding exactly why you are ready for your Escape and being convinced that it is possible.

With the right attitude, you’ll find that everything starts to become possible.

Your conviction will also be infectious to everyone you meet.  You’ll start to create and find the right opportunities to reach your career goals.

2. Figure out what makes you tick

The ancient Greeks advised to “Know Thyself”, and never has this held more true.

When I knew I’d had enough of the corporate world, my biggest challenge was that I had no idea what I should be doing.

I was encouraged by my coach to spend time getting clear on what makes me tick.  I got clear on my values, strengths, skills, passions and requirements from work.

I developed my story so far and considered what I love to do at work (helping other people make the most of their potential).

Once I knew what made me tick, it became much easier to identify career options that could provide that.

3. Create your vision of success

One of the best things I did back in 2005 was to set a vision for how I wanted my career and life to look in five years time.

Looking into the future is not always easy, however I started to paint a picture of what an ideal life might look like.

I saw a life where I was helping others to live life to the full and where I had a more flexible workplace, and a better balance between work and life.

It was so motivating to visualize that ideal future and to get an understanding of how I might feel if it was a reality.

Sharing this vision with others I trust was vital in keeping it alive as I went through my Escape

4. Get support from others

When I first started to think about making a career change, I felt pretty daunted.  I knew I wanted to escape but I didn’t know where to start.

I talked to friends and family who helped encourage me that making a change was possible.

One of them recommended working with a coach (something I hadn’t heard of).

My coach guided me through my Escape, providing me with support, an objective viewpoint, motivation and importantly a framework for making the change.

I built up a team of a few trusted people to support me in my transition and there were times when they kept me going.

Although it’s tempting to think we have to do everything for ourselves, I now know that getting help was the smartest move I made

5. Take action

The biggest enemy to your success will probably be procrastination.

Making a big career change can be scary and overwhelming.

When you’re a busy professional that fear can manifest in the “I’m too busy with my important job (that I really dislike) to have time to make my career change (that I really want).”

I know I got stuck in this doom loop at a couple of points – usually when I was most concerned about failing or looking stupid to the world.

The best advice I got is to break down the big change into bite-size chunks.

Making change one small action at a time reduces the daunting nature of an Escape and removes the excuses about being too busy.

Before you know it, momentum starts to build and you’ll be on the verge of your Escape.

What are you waiting for?

If you’re ready to take action and think you might like some support, please check out the Coaching section on the Escape the City website to find out more.

Over to You

What are the steps you take to make a career change?

Have you made your Career Escape and how did you do it?

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  1. Phil
    November 2, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

    Have you made a successful Career Escape Plan?
    What did you do? How did you do it? What did you learn?

  2. November 2, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Permalink

    We took the Innocent Smoothies advice: “With every plan, project or idea… don’t just sit there wondering whether it will work. Start it. Start small but do start.”

    For us this meant starting a blog and talking about our concept (before putting any money behind the idea or committing fully to it). The response we got and the stuff we learnt then gave us the confidence to commit more and more.

    And here we are… a year on… and we’re riding a huge rollercoaster – not knowing exactly whether it’ll turn out OK – but man are we having more fun than we were when we were working in jobs that weren’t right for us!

    Great to be working with you Phil.

  3. November 2, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations, Phil! This is a great fit for you, your passions, and your skills. Good luck.

  4. November 3, 2010 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    Hi Phil,

    Best wishes with this new endeavor. Like the “Great Escape” name. You can play the Steve McQueen movie in the background.

    Gotta plan an escape! Make the plans, select the night, dig the tunnel, get up your nerve and go for it!

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  5. Gary Pope
    November 4, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    My biggest fear is my perceived loss of income by doing something that makes me tick. Even though I loathe my job and the whole corporate hell on earth; it pays well, keeps the bills and debts paid. So fear and uncertainty are a big wall of stone for me.

  6. November 5, 2010 at 4:15 am | Permalink

    > identify your ideal work
    I think that right there is a great place to start.
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