We're back. It's been about 7 months since we last put Ryan's face on YouTube but he's back and looking as bearded as ever as he tackles a few very important career questions in this week's Unsolicited Career Advice.
Questions from this week:
“When you need career advice but you’re too scared to text your professional friends”
So I don’t think I need to tell you but people love giving advice. Literally two hours ago, a stranger on the subway gave me the advice that I should shave my beard because it has more pooh in it than a toilet.
If by pooh you mean double rainbows and baby dreams, then you would be correct rude stranger.
Your friends are your friends for a reason. Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine one of them came to you and asked you for serious advice, how would you respond? I’m guessing you would help them. Why because that’s what friends do.
Your professional friends are your professional friends. Call them up, go grab a coffee with them, let them know what’s on your mind, tell them you value their experience and then ask for their advice. They’ll help. And one day, you will return the favor.
“My Degrees, training and meager experience have all prepared me for a job I despise with advancement options that I will like even less. I would like a little advice on how to change career paths right out of the gate.”
This one is tough. I know a lot of people who invest time and money into a specific career path and just as they are about to start, they realize they’ve been going down, what they feel, is the wrong path.
Imagine this, you’re really hungry. You decide you want to go out to eat. You walk into one restaurant and take a look at the menu. They have NOTHING you want. What do you do? Do you order something anyway and hope you’ll like it or do you leave and go to a restaurant that has something you want?
There’s really no right answer.
Our question asker's situation kind of like that but a lot more stressful.
If you’re sure that a career change is right, head over to LinkedIn. Put in your credentials and work experience into the search bar and browse some of the profiles with the same experience and education as you. See what kind of career paths they’ve created.
When you find a few that are interesting, reach out to those people and ask them how they made career changes or how they got started on their career path.
From there, set a new course and figure out what your most immediate step is and take that.
It’s definitely not easy but if you continue down a path that you absolutely despise and feel there’s nothing you could like, learn from or be challenged by, you’ll end up with more stress and unhappiness.
“Need a job but I’m too lazy to find one.”
Ummm… Then you don’t really need a job do you? If you did, you would be out there making it happen.
Maybe I should give some advice that doesn’t make me sound like a complete jerk.
I believe that the reason people put off finding a job is either they’re scared, which is completely normal, or they have no idea where to start. In which case, you don’t really need a job, you really need to find something that gets you excited or something you want to learn more about or something that you’d like to be really, really great at.
I have no idea what that thing will be for you but I know that there are ways to find it.
One of the best ways: talk to friends and family members who seem to enjoy what they do and ask them how they got started. Ask them why, and even if, they love it and ask them if they have advice for you.
One thing I know for sure, that laziness usually leads to a lot more laziness. The only way to break free from it is by seeing a payoff that’s worth getting off the sofa for and getting something done.
So there you have it, episode number 6 complete.
The reoccurring theme for today seemed to be, talk to people and ask for advice when you’re not completely sure what you should be doing.
If you have career questions you want answered, send us a message, tweet using the career advice hashtag or write your question on the back of a 5 dollar bill and deposit into any bank. We’ll find it.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go shampoo my beard.