10 Things NOT to Say to Someone Exploring a New Career Idea

September 2017 marks 10 years since I took the leap into entrepreneurship and started working with career counselling clients as a private practice business! To celebrate, I am sharing some “top 10 lists” and other 10-themed resources. (You can find links to all the 10-year resource posts here.)

Here’s another 10-themed list … some warnings about limited thinking. Too often, people share their own fears, worries, and assumptions when you have a new idea. If you’re a career changer, how many of these have you heard?

1. That’s a crazy idea.
2. You should just be happy to have a job.
3. Everyone wants a better job, there just aren’t any good jobs out there.
4. Micro-managing bosses and toxic co-workers are everywhere.
5. Aren’t you too old/young for that?
6. Aren’t you too undereducated/overeducated for that?
7. Everyone I know is bored/unhappy/overworked at work. That’s just the way it is.
8. Isn’t that risky? You should go into [perceived stable industry] instead.
9. Sounds like a nice idea, but I don’t know anyone who successfully changed careers.
10. Robots will soon do everything. Just save up your money while you have a paycheque.

What would be better to say: “Wow, that sounds interesting! Tell me more.” Or even: “How can I help?”

Books can be a really great source of inspiration and encouragement when too many people around you are discouraging. Here are 10 of my favourite career books.

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