What are you looking for?

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As I sit here, in between boat projects, I realize that my career is not “normal” in any conventional sense. How many people can say that they have a career they love, which offers them the freedom to work from anywhere in the world—even from a sailboat dry-docked in a boatyard in France?

Just another day in the boat yard.
Just another day in the boat yard.

It wasn’t easy getting to this point. As a matter of fact, it has taken several years of repeated failures in order to find a career that works with my desired lifestyle.

When I began making changes in my life, personally and professionally, I really did not have a plan or a clear idea of what I wanted my career to look like. Because of this, the last several years have been a bit of a professional struggle. It wasn’t until this year that I knew, REALLY knew, what I wanted my career to look like.

To anyone who knows me, it’s no secret that sailing and traveling is a passion of mine. The ability to be able to see different places and experience different cultures constantly is something that I value. With that said, I knew that my ideal career should allow me the flexibility to work from anywhere, while making just enough money to fund my minimalistic lifestyle and travels.

Piecing it Together

Earlier this year, I began to paint a picture of what I wanted my career to look like and how I should go about making it work.

First, I took a look back on the majority of my career experience and came to the conclusion that most of my continuous expertise has been in Recruiting, Hiring, and Training. With my existing expertise and with my recent Life Coach training, I developed the idea of Prepare to Tack.  Offering an online space of helpful tips for people struggling to find or develop their ideal careers sounded like an exciting way for me to not only help others but also a way to establish myself as an expert in the field of Career Coaching.

Because of the advancements in technology, I’m able to offer my Career Coaching expertise and services from anywhere in the world as long as I have my laptop and internet connection. What an excellent way to utilize my existing skills AND live the life I’ve always wanted!

It’s taken me three years to figure this out. If only I had taken the time to figure it out early on and planned accordingly!

What’s this got to do with you or your career?

You are likely thinking—Sure, all that is great for you, but what’s it got to do with me and my situation?

First, if we are going to embark on this journey together, helping you in discovering your career path, it’s important that you understand some key things about me and where I’m coming from.

Second, while our two situations may not be exactly alike, you might be surprised to find that the process of finding a career that works for you will be similar, regardless of what that career looks like. Whether you want to be in a location independent career with flexible hours, or you prefer to work in a busy office in the middle of Raleigh, North Carolina—you still need to figure out what you want and how to achieve it.

This is why I stress the importance of the initial step of sitting down and really thinking about what you are looking for before you begin making any changes. Doing this will save you so much wasted time and will help you to better pinpoint what you really want your professional career to look like. Do you really want to spend three years (or longer) of your precious life, stumbling around in your professional life, trying to find the career that works best for you? Take the advice from someone who did exactly this—it isn’t the best path.

Figuring out what YOU want.

Remember, searching for a career is different than searching for a job. You should view your career as a long-term commitment—something that you will build upon and continue to grow throughout your professional life.

So, maybe you’re not interested in having a location independent career such as the one I have created for myself. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! Careers are different because people are different. If all careers looked the same, it would be a pretty boring world! Regardless, it’s still important for you to narrow down what you’re looking for.

When considering a change in your career, are you looking for something in the same field of work you have been in? Perhaps more of a lateral move within your existing career?

Or maybe you are in search of something that will provide more pay or a promotion?

Maybe you’re looking for an opportunity in a different location, or even an opportunity that will allow you to be location free and set your own hours?

There can be many different reasons why you are looking at making a change to your career, or why you want to start a new career. Regardless, you need to know the specific reason and why. Otherwise, how will you find what you are looking for?

Today, my question for you is, what are YOU looking for—what do YOU want your Career to look like? Think outside of the box and remember that anything is possible! I look forward to reading your thoughts in the comments below.