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T Shaped Newsletter: Behind Every Career Change: Questions, Intuition, and Analysis


Navigating difficult career decisions. Sooner or later, you will face them. Whether you're considering swapping jobs, making a total career change or just juggling job offers.

The end of July marked such a defining moment for me. I made the call to part ways with the organization I've been affiliated with for the past two years. The decision wasn't taken lightly. Leaving the comfort of a well-known role, financial stability, and a remarkable team was daunting. Yet, there was a nagging feeling inside that kept pulling towards a new direction.

Here is the thought process behind my decision:

  • Does it align with the values I resonate with currently?
  • Does it feel fulfilling and align with my purpose?
  • Is it in line with my present career aspirations?
  • What are the pros and cons of staying versus departing?

With these questions, I pieced together what felt right with what logically made sense.

When I tapped into my intuition, I realized that while deeply engaged in this role, I felt a misalignment between its demands and my core values. What I truly needed was the freedom to innovate, to fully immerse myself in coaching and workshop facilitation—a vision I've had for a long time. At my core, my purpose is to empower STEM professionals, enabling them to maximize their potential and impact. To genuinely serve this purpose, I recognized the need for undistracted time, space, and energy.

Then, when I engaged my analytical side, assessing my current role against my career aspirations, it was obvious that I was on two different paths. Weighing the pros and cons further confirmed my thoughts — it was time for a fresh set of challenges.

To get me to where I am now, I worked with a coach. Yes, even as a coach, I still have my own coach! It is always super insightful to sit on the other side of the table. You know, it's one thing to know the playbook and another to be in the game. This experience reminded me how vital it is to stop, think, and get a fresh perspective. I mean, we all think we've got it, but every so often, a different set of eyes can point out the things we miss.

So, as I share this bit of my story with you, I've got a question: Have you ever taken a moment to really think about how your job lines up with what you value and what you want? What did you find out the last time you asked yourself the big questions?

Drop me a message with your thoughts!

Favorite Career Resources This Month:

🎬 Video & Book: Professor Shirzad Chamine's bestseller "Positive Intelligence" highlights 10 mental saboteurs that hinder our success. He believes that while intelligence quotient (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ) define our potential, it's positive intelligence (PQ) that dictates how much of that potential we realize, measuring how often our mind aids versus undermines us. The saboteurs concept is present in all aspects of our lives but it felt particularly relevant for this month’s theme of career decisions. You can watch a TEDx Talk here or get a book here.

Top Career Development Tips This Month:

✍️ Career development prompt

Networking is crucial for career growth. Identify key professionals in your industry whom you admire. How can you initiate meaningful connections with them?

💡 Food for thought: Changing Paths

It is estimated that most people will have 12 jobs during their lives. In 2022, 32% of those 25 to 44 have considered a career change. Since starting their first job after college, 29% of people have completely changed fields. Whether these stats are accurate or not, it’s a fact that people change jobs and careers….  The point is if the average person changes their career several times, is there truly a wrong career decision, or just stepping stones to finding what aligns with our evolving selves?

⛏️ Skill Spotlight: Elevator pitch

An elevator pitch is a concise summary of your professional background and aspirations. Crafted for quick impact, it immediately highlights your value without unnecessary details. Think of it as your career's headline: straightforward and captivating. For some tips on crafting your own elevator pitch, check out this article.

Quote of the month:

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it."
  • Steve Jobs

Thank you for reading this newsletter.  I hope you found it valuable!

Wishing you a wonderful September.

Joanna x


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Other Useful Resources:

The Vitae Researcher Development Framework [Link to a website]

Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is a structured framework that outlines the skills, knowledge, and behaviors essential for the personal and professional development of researchers. It also provides a comprehensive overview of transferable skills and competencies that researchers have (such as critical thinking, communication, project management, and leadership). Institutions and individuals can use the RDF to assess, plan, and track the development of researchers. For professionals considering a transition beyond academia, the RDF serves as a valuable resource for acknowledging your skillset to advance your career [link].

Insights Discovery Profile [Link to a sample profile in PDF]

Insights Discovery is an excellent tool for personal development and for team dynamics. It consists of a thorough personalized profile through which you can learn your unique strengths, communication styles, and leadership preferences, but also understand your weaknesses and areas for growth. This personal profile is a key tool for making informed career decisions, setting meaningful goals, and fostering your individual development.  For teams, Insight Discovery is transformative, deepening connections and understanding among members [link].