Author Susan Basalla – So what are you going to do with that?

This past weekend, millions of travelers were stranded with most air travel shut down in Europe. You may feel this about your career, it is not going anywhere near where you thought it was. Like the travelers stranded, you may need to come up with an alternative plan. Do you wonder what other careers might be suited for your education and experience?. This week’s podcast is with Susan Basalla, Ph.D., co-author of So What are you going to do with that?. This book was written out of her own journey questioning what to do with a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Having decided not to pursue an academic career, she asked the question, “So what am I supposed to do now?” Due to a change in your employment situation, or through recognizing that you need a change in the direction of your career, you may be asking the same question. The good news is that every year approximately 10% of professionals switch careers or sectors. Susan shared in her book a wonderful principle, “Soul searching before job searching. There is no one size fits all approach to assessing your skills and career options that match. This takes a good tool-set, time and expert support.” Many professionals have been frustrated by the results of basic career testing, and I don’t blame them. I am not talking about answering 100 questions and determining what color you are, or making a career decision based upon a 4 letter acronym. Some of those basic tools are great starting points, however, we are complex and we need a tool-set and career coaching that can help us understand strengths and passions in a more comprehensive way. We need to deal with our career like we deal with other important things in our lives. If that sounds like I am promoting services like ours, I am. Getting to really know yourself, is the foundation to finding a different career path. This week’s 60 Second WORKout, take our free 15 Minute Career Test. It is designed to help you discover your strengths. This week’s CareerPoll ; Are you in the same profession that you majored in school for? Last week’s CareerPoll results; Are you in the right career? FREE Webinar – Looking for other ideas for what to do with your education and talents? Do you need some practical help with your job search? Do you know if you are in the right career? Connect with some new people and and get a new perspective on your career. Join me for our free webinar “Get the Right Career Right Now!” on Tues. April 20th, 12-1 PM ET. This complimentary 1 hour workshop is based on my book, Get the Right Job Right Now!. It’s easy to learn simple ways to take control of your career, all from the comfort & convenience of your own desk. Limited to 20 participants. Click to register. Looking to take more control over your career and your life? Book an initial consultation with me. Get started towards a better future. Soul-searching, along the road with you! Alan P.S. I really enjoyed my session with the Ryerson Alumni. Looking for speaker for your next event? Connect with Jenny Bridle, jenny@CareerJoy.com to book me for your next event. P.P.S. Join my network on LinkedIn and Twitter.