Saturday, June 20th, 2020

Trapped in a box? How to change careers and live again

 

Max’s story

 

Max was a primary school teacher. He had been teaching for over 25 years. He told me that he only became a teacher because it was one of the first jobs he was offered after finishing University. He’d quit once before but after a short break went back to it because he couldn’t think of anything else he could do. Teaching was all that he knew and the only thing he felt he had skills for.

 

The future seemed hopeless. He said, ‘I feel like I am trapped in a box and I can’t get out of it.’

 

Building Max’s awareness of his transferable, or portable, skills was one of the first exercises we worked through. For example, teaching may be his job but it is also a skill that transfers into a huge variety of other occupations, such as HR, counselling, coaching, and some types of police work.

 

The skills exercises helped him to identify all the skills he had gained both at work and in his private life. Being good at something doesn’t always mean

that we enjoy it, so it was important that Max also thought about the skills that gave him a buzz and which he enjoyed using.

 

From there we brainstormed all the possible careers that valued his motivated skills. I also encouraged Max to gather examples of organisations and jobs requiring those skills and to talk to people who were once teachers and had made successful career changes.

 

We also worked through several examples of how he had used his skills in situations away from teaching and highlighted some key achievements. Keeping a feedback journal also helped Max believe in his talents and capacity to make a change.

 

As a result, Max is feeling much more confident about his strengths and their applicability to different careers. Not only is he more aware of his skills but also he is better able to communicate them to others. He is currently networking with people in industries where he would prefer to be working and re-writing his CV so that it highlights his transferable skills and reads less like a teaching CV

 

To schedule a session or discover how I can help you break out of the box, email cassandra@cassandragaisford.com, text or call +64 21873833

I offer a range of transformational life and career rescue remedies, including:

Quantum Transformational Coaching (QTC) to rapidly breakthrough limiting beliefs, sabotaging thoughts, subconscious blocks, and outdated scripts that are holding you back. Laugh therapy optional!

For more details or to schedule a call, please visit

https://www.cassandragaisford.com/wellness-therapies/

P.S. Don’t forget you don’t have to be or do one thing. As one of my clients said recently, “My parents can’t get their head around the fact that I might not have a traditional career.

I’m an artist, which includes painting, sculpting, writing, interiors, architecture, fashion, furniture, photography, lifestyle coaching, training others to be awesome career and life coaches… and more!

I love being in control. If I had kept working for someone else, I would have to focus in one field, whereas I would rather work in more than one field. I am an awesome multi-tasker. I have what I call a ‘career combo’ – how about you? Are you stuck in dinosaur thinking—believing you have to be and do one thing?

David Lynch (born January 20, 1946) is an American filmmaker, painter, musician, singer, sound designer, photographer, and actor. He is most known for writing and directing films such as Eraserhead (1977), The Elephant Man (1980), Blue Velvet (1986), and Mulholland Drive (2001), which are regarded by many critics as among the best films of their times. He is also well known for his television series Twin Peaks (1990–1991, 2017).

What, perhaps, is less known is his tremendous work in the area of promoting individual and global world peace—in particular, is reverence for the bliss found in the practice of Transcendental Meditation.

Check out this wonderful Youtube talk, David Lynch: Transcendental Meditation | Consciousness, Creativity and the Brain, where he shares his experiences, takes questions, and partners with world-renown quantum physicists, Drs. John Hagelin, Ph.D., and Fred Travis, Ph.D.
https://youtu.be/vtgtkuKs8HQ

For more details or to schedule a call, please visit

https://www.cassandragaisford.com/wellness-therapies/

 

Listen your way to a new career

Did you know you can enjoy and be inspired by Cassandra Gaisford’s most popular and successful books on audio? In less than 15 minutes you could be listening to your way to a new life!

Check out the following written and narrated by Cassandra.

 

 Mid-Life Career Rescue: The Career For Change

USA

https://www.audible.com/pd/Mid-Life-Career-Rescue-Audiobook/B07Z5CCD4C

 

UK

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Mid-Life-Career-Rescue-Audiobook/B07Z5BL9NB

 

Australia

https://www.audible.com.au/pd/Mid-Life-Career-Rescue-Audiobook/B07Z5CDFKV

 

KOBO

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/audiobook/mid-life-career-rescue-the-call-for-change-1

 

How to Find Your Passion and Purpose

 

USA

https://www.audible.com/pd/How-to-Find-Your-Passion-and-Purpose-Audiobook/B07Z5C7YHK

 

UK

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/How-to-Find-Your-Passion-and-Purpose-Audiobook/B07Z5BSXD7

 

Australia

https://www.audible.com.au/pd/How-to-Find-Your-Passion-and-Purpose-Audiobook/B07Z5C4MS6

 

The Little Princess

USA

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Little-Princess-Audiobook/B07WPH2KML

UK

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Little-Princess-Audiobook/B07WXPMFGC

Australia

https://www.audible.com.au/pd/The-Little-Princess-Audiobook/B07WYGKB5R

 

 

The Little Princess Can Fly

Audible UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Princess-Can-Fly-Transformational/dp/B086VST2H6

Audible USA: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Little-Princess-Can-Fly-Audiobook/B086VV4Y4G

Audible Australia: https://www.audible.com.au/pd/The-Little-Princess-Audiobook/B07WYGKB5R

 

 

I Have To Grow

 Audible UK:

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/I-Have-to-Grow-Audiobook/B07Z4NBMDR

Audible USA:

https://www.audible.com.au/pd/I-Have-to-Grow-Audiobook/B07Z4M81QY

AudibleAustralia:

https://www.audible.com.au/pd/I-Have-to-Grow-Audiobook/B07Z4M81QY

Kobo:

https://www.kobo.com/audiobook/i-have-to-grow-1

 

Think Outside the Box: How to ignite and sustain the power of creativity to change careers and love life again

KOBO>>https://www.kobo.com/audiobook/think-outside-the-box-7

 

Audio versions are also available from all online bookstores and also libraries

 

In less than 15 minutes you could be listening your way to a new life!

 

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

How to quit your job, change careers, stress less…live more

Whether you dream of quitting your job or you’ve lost the one you had, moving forward fearlessly is a vital success strategy.

 

There are several ways to boost your courage muscles and gain ideas to propel your career change strategy. An easy peasy option is to devour mindfood, including binging on inspirational media. Limit your consumption of toxic mainstream media and tune into uplifting inspiring stories. For example, after 23 years as a postal worker, Alex quit his job to make violins.
Watch this inspiring video

https://mailchimp.com/presents/series/second-act/alex-reza

 

A client of mine has always dreamed of creating her own skincare line. I recommended she tuck into Jo Malone’s, My Story. Known around the world as a fashion and beauty icon, Jo Malone is responsible for revolutionizing the beauty industry and creating some of the world’s most-loved and recognizable scents. Watch this video where she shares her story

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fhRBI8Le1g

 

One of the many things that stands out about Malone’s story is that she built an incredible empire with no qualifications, no formal training, and is dyslexic.

 

Keep looking forward

Sometimes when we quit our jobs, or plan to make a move, we can spend too long second-guessing and doubting our decision. We can long to go back to something we knew we needed to quit. My client shared the following:

I still have my days where I regret leaving my job (rear view), and those days are hard and I continue to work at it.  I have to stop myself looking at SEEK and TradeMe for jobs, as I am finding nothing suits eg: hours are too long, nothing based in town, which then makes me feel like I shouldn’t have left my job as it ticked a lot of boxes – hours/time was flexible, local, didn’t require a certain qualification or large set of skills etc.  I miss the contact with the volunteers too.

 

Looking in the rearview can be a helpful strategy is you gather learning points to help steer you forward. For example, embedded in my client’s email are clues to what she does what:

  • Reasonable (short, school) hours
  • Based at home or near home
  • Flexible time
  • Qualifications/skills are not barriers to entry or fun and easy to achieve
  • Contact with others
  • Great team, great vibe
  • Working with people who want to be there
  • Filling my cup up

 

Equally important is to remind yourself of what you don’t like or didn’t enjoy about your role. In my client’s case:

  • Lack of challenge
  • Boring
  • Not aligned to passions
  • Not feeling appreciated
  • Not being valued as part of the team
  • Lack of support
  • Poor management
  • Negative environment
  • No one wanted to work as a team for the greater good.

 

“The old me would have rung up my old boss and asked him to take me back,” my client told me. “I’m so glad I didn’t.”

Make time

“At this point in time I have put aside anything to do with developing a cream/beauty product. I feel like I don’t have the headspace with everything else on my plate.”

Changing careers, creating a new product or service, or beginning any project we don’t have expertise or experience in can summon the fear demons. Resistance will show up big time. Our days will become full—but not necessarily with the right things. It’s essential to keep moving forward. Much like writing a novel, the change can seem overwhelming. Yet a novel is finished word by word.  A career change is made step by step. A new service or product bit by bit. Significant progress can be made in as little as 15 minutes a day devoted to something you love and want to achieve.

The only thing that will make you feel good is making progress toward something that may not seem urgent but is high in personal importance.

 

 

Fill up your cup

Be sure to make time to fill your life with things you love and which nourish you. For my fatigued client who told me she was suffering from a COVID hangover (too much, too often, too toxic news updates) she opted to go with Dr. Joe Dispenzas movement GOLO-20 to counteract all the negative stuff being spewed into the world. This means doing more of what she loves, including:

  • Scheduling time to enjoy her health and well-being course, “Bye-Bye- Burnout”
  • Learning a new skill, one aligned to giving her a qualification and expert knowledge aligned to her passion project
  • Exercise, to keep her energy high
  • Buying a sauna and using it

Into her ‘cup’ she was also pouring high-vibe feeling like joy, nourishment, wonder, excitement, flow, love, and gratitude.

 

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Did you know you can enjoy and be inspired by Cassandra Gaisford’s most popular and successful books on audio? In less than 15 minutes you could be listening to your way to a new life!

Check out the following written and narrated by Cassandra.

 

 

Mid-Life Career Rescue: The Career For Change

USA

https://www.audible.com/pd/Mid-Life-Career-Rescue-Audiobook/B07Z5CCD4C

 

UK

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Mid-Life-Career-Rescue-Audiobook/B07Z5BL9NB

 

Australia

https://www.audible.com.au/pd/Mid-Life-Career-Rescue-Audiobook/B07Z5CDFKV

 

 

How to Find Your Passion and Purpose

 

USA

https://www.audible.com/pd/How-to-Find-Your-Passion-and-Purpose-Audiobook/B07Z5C7YHK

 

UK

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/How-to-Find-Your-Passion-and-Purpose-Audiobook/B07Z5BSXD7

 

Australia

https://www.audible.com.au/pd/How-to-Find-Your-Passion-and-Purpose-Audiobook/B07Z5C4MS6

 

 

The Little Princess

USA

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Little-Princess-Audiobook/B07WPH2KML

UK

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Little-Princess-Audiobook/B07WXPMFGC

Australia

https://www.audible.com.au/pd/The-Little-Princess-Audiobook/B07WYGKB5R

 

 

The Little Princess Can Fly

Audible UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Princess-Can-Fly-Transformational/dp/B086VST2H6

Audible USA: https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Little-Princess-Can-Fly-Audiobook/B086VV4Y4G

Audible Australia: https://www.audible.com.au/pd/The-Little-Princess-Audiobook/B07WYGKB5R

 

 

I Have To Grow

 Audible UK:

https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/I-Have-to-Grow-Audiobook/B07Z4NBMDR

Audible USA:

https://www.audible.com.au/pd/I-Have-to-Grow-Audiobook/B07Z4M81QY

AudibleAustralia:

https://www.audible.com.au/pd/I-Have-to-Grow-Audiobook/B07Z4M81QY

Kobo:

Coming soon

Audio versions are also available from all online bookstores and also libraries

 

In less than 15 minutes you could be listening your way to a new life!

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