Just do it….

by Katie Ledger on August 26, 2008 · 2 comments

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Herminia Ibarra is a careers change expert. She has spent a long time talking to people about how to go about changing careers. in her book Working Identity she says action beats introspection. In other words you don’t have to figure it out beforehand -just get out there and try something…..

She also recommends expanding your network – not just to get work but also to expand your possibilities of what you can become. To see walking, talking examples of what you could be. Your family and friends see you in a particular way – the challenge is in offering yourself a different “self” to try on.

Lastly, she talks about working and re-working your story. This one is dear to my own heart. I would say it took me about a year to get a simple story – one that I could tell myself as much as my potential clients. Then, every 6 months or so, I will update it and be able to focus it for a particular audience. I have worked with people namely Nicki Hayes-Singh and Mike Pegg who are both brilliant at this. 

I urge you to take a quick ( 6mins) look at this FT.com video to see the lady in action. Also Working Identity PDF is well worth a read.

p.s Not surprisingly Tom Peters has his down to earth take on this

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1 Sarah M Dillon August 26, 2008 at 7:25 pm

Working Identities is one of my favourite books, and completely changed the way I look at my working life in general.

Great blog, I’m looking forward to following it

All the best

Sarah

2 Katie Ledger August 27, 2008 at 6:46 am

Thanks Sarah,
working Identities is a great book – i like her down to earth advice. And yes – it does take a long time to figure out what you want to do and yes – it might keep evolving but that’s the point. watched Victor frankl interview again last night – he talks about having a reason for living. Never crush your dreams. Katie

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