Even a Calling Needs a Plan

I have been writing about a really powerful way to find a career that feels more like a calling than a job. There are 3 stages in this process: 1-Unearth, 2-Imagine, and 3-Create.

We have talked about Stage 1: Unearth, where you get to the truth about what you want, and what you offer. Things like your values, strengths and skills. (If you missed Stage 1, then visit this post:  https://unearthyourworth.com/want-a-career-that-feels-like-your-calling/.)

Then we talked about Stage 2: Imagine, where you imagine the kind of job you want, the work you want to do, the people you want to work with. (If you missed Stage 2, visit this post: https://unearthyourworth.com/what-is-your-ideal-work-day/.)

So let’s dig into Stage 3: Create. You are ready for Stage 3 after you have unearthed your unique set of strengths and skills. You have imagined what your ideal job would be like.

Now is the time to get practical. Set a clear goal, develop a plan and strategy to get the job or career of your dreams.

If you haven’t done so, now is the time to label what you want to do. If you’re not sure what the job would be called, you can brainstorm with family and friends, and you can visit www.onetonline.org for some tools to help you brainstorm some job titles.

Jack had been a software developer, and after immersing himself in Stages 1 and 2, discovered that what he really wanted to do was manage projects, not design or program them.

Melissa was an exceptional Event Planner, the dream she unearthed and imagined for herself was to be a published writer of books for young adults.

So what do they do now? How do Jake and Melissa transform their careers into the one they dream about, the one they’d love?

  1. Research the job you want. There may be different titles that appeal to you.Jack discovered that he might want to be a Project Manager or a Development Manager. To find out more he met with a project manager and a development manager who worked for his current employer. He did an informational interview to learn more about what they did day to day, what experience and skills were required, and how they got their jobs.

    Melissa knew she wanted to be a writer. She began to do research online to find out how authors got their books published. She began to visit her library and read as many books targeted at young adults as she could find. She looked for authors who resonated with her own message and style. She researched them, to find out who were their editors and publishers. She read their bios and blogs to learn about their writing process.

    What is the job you want? How can you research it?

  2. Now you need to set your goals, long term and short term. What is the job you want? And what do you need to do to get there?Jack decided he wanted to be a project manager before development manager, and there were opportunities for that within the company he was already working for. So his goal is to get a job as a project manager at his current company.

    Melissa wants to be a published author. First she needs to get some feedback and complete her manuscript.

    What are your goals, long term and short term?

  3. Identify the tools you need and any missing skills to acquire. Now that you have your goals set, what are you missing?When Jack did his research, he discovered that some companies require a PMP certification for project managers. So Jack wants to obtain his PMP, and is going to pursue that right now. He also is going to rework his resume to highlight the project management experiences he has already had. He is going to join a local networking group for project managers, and connect with people there from other organizations, to broaden his network.

    Melissa learned that professional writers and authors write daily, consistently, as a normal practice. So she decided to act like a writer, which means setting aside time every day to write, no matter what. She also is going to join an online writing group, where she can meet other writers, and get constructive feedback on her manuscript. She will continue to work in her current job to pay the bills while she works at night on her writing.

    What tools are you missing? What skills do you need to acquire? Do you have a current resume, cover letter template, 10-20 second personal introduction? Are there people in your network who can support you in your transition? Build and leverage your network: online and in person.

It’s time to take concrete, specific actions and go for it! Make your action plan. You can transform your career and your life, by unearthing your worth, embracing who you are, and offering your gifts to the world.

Take a moment right now, and write out your own action plan based on steps 1, 2 and 3 above. Then pick one step to take in the next 24 hours, and share it with me on my blog below.


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Client Stories

What did you need at the time you hired Lori?

I wanted to work in my industry and didn't know how to progress any further than I was. I knew I had much experience that could be put in the industry of my choice but not how to parlay that experience. I needed guidance.

What did you and Lori do together?

Many, many things. Overall, to get clear in my mind what I offered and really what I wanted in a work environment. Every week was another epiphany after another. One of my favorites was the "knowing your core values". Having had some experience on this subject I was all ready to dive-in. Core Values is key. Knowing your core values. 

Lori makes it so easy to pinpoint. One time we were speaking about something else and we both realized...OMG...that is a core value for me. I hadn't written it down before, but discovered later that if ever a core value fit me...it was the one I mentioned at that time.  Knowing that piece of information also answered a long standing question in my head.  One of the "why's" as to my constant upset with other places I had worked.

What were the results from working with Lori?

Many things. One is a great looking resume. I thought, wow, I look good and it was all from work I had already done elsewhere but didn't know how to say it or present it. Another is the clarity of knowing where I will feel good when I do work. What I really want and with the kind of people I really want to work with on a daily basis. This entire process is so valuable. The best money I ever spent and I am not kidding or exaggerating. I was only hoping it would be valuable and it really was valuable.< I know stuff and it has value and is marketable. Lori showed me those things and it gives me confidence.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Lori delivers above and beyond. The highest quality of exchange, 'more than you expected.' I told my friends this over and over: 'I wish I had her 10-20-even 30 years ago.' Every one, and I mean EVERYONE, needs a Lori. Her understanding,patience, how she problem solves, putting things in simple terms, was mind blowing. I wish I could that well. I present a problem and she could turn it around and yes...another epiphany.

Lori, is worth every penny. It isn't about a title. It is about enjoying everyday doing work you love with people you like and are like minded. You'll know what you are looking for when you interview.  I never say this, but I will say it here. Lori is a major key into the rest of my life doing what I always wanted to do. That is: Being happy doing what I do, everyday. Something I have been saying for years. Allowing Sherlock...to be Sherlock.  Finding my people. They are out there and now I know what I am looking for in that respect.


Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA