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The Best Ted Talks for Bold Career Moves

Updated: Dec 19, 2022

If you're reading this perhaps you're thinking about changing careers. Maybe it's been a long time in the making but now you're committed and ready to take the leap toward a new career or job.

You might not know this but I have pivoted my career a couple of times now and in a major way. My mum had four distinct careers too and it's more acceptable today to move through diverse careers and explore all your talents, skills and the opportunities that present. As you age you might also consider that it's very important to find your purposeful career and do more of what you love. I couldn't agree more.

Not everyone wants to quit their job in search of something new but if you feel call to do something else why not follow that little voice inside and explore it? Career Coaching is a great opportunity to get your next career move right. It can help you explore the ideas around vocation where your work is more like a calling and something you feel compelled to offer the world.

There's a lot to consider for career change depending on the stage of life or if you have children to think about- so get some help from the career experts. Career Counselling offers you a partnership that can explore your talents, skills, attributes, capabilities, jobs that will suit your personality and will help you develop your confidence, face your fears and take the next step.

With a counselling back ground I can help you with overcoming fears, developing courage, professional personal branding, polishing your CV, interview skills, and overcoming limiting self-belief that gets in the way of your success.

You might also be thinking about leadership qualities and developing an idea like a business start up, passion project or social and environmental enterprise. These are all areas I cover in my leadership coaching packages.

There's also a lot of free resources I provide my clients and share with the community because everyone can access these experts and get started on their own research and exploration. It's good to be prepared before working with me too. The more work you do preparing the career move the greater your success will be.

Here's some Ted Talks to listen to and begin exploring what else there might be out there for you and your unique career pathway.

1. Scott Dinsmore quit a job that made him miserable, and spent the next four years wondering how to find work that was joyful and meaningful. He shares what he learned in this deceptively simple talk about finding out what matters to you — and then getting started doing it.

2. Barry Swatz talks about the way we think about work. What makes work satisfying? Apart from a paycheck, there are intangible values that, Barry Schwartz suggests, our current way of thinking about work simply ignores. It's time to stop thinking of workers as cogs on a wheel.

3. Public policy expert Anne-Marie Slaughter made waves with her 2012 article, "Why women still can't have it all." But really, is this only a question for women? Here Slaughter expands her ideas and explains why shifts in work culture, public policy and social mores can lead to more equality -- for men, women, all of us.

4. If you've taken a career break and are now looking to return to the workforce, would you consider taking an internship? Career reentry expert Carol Fishman Cohen thinks you should. In this talk, hear about Cohen's own experience returning to work after a career break, her work championing the success of "relaunchers" and how employers are changing how they engage with return-to-work talent.

5. You’re doing everything right at work, taking all the right advice, but you’re just not moving up. Why? Susan Colantuono shares a simple, surprising piece of advice you might not have heard before quite so plainly. This talk, while aimed at an audience of women, has universal takeaways -- for men and women, new grads and midcareer workers.

6. Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.

Now you're motivated and ready to start planning and setting some goals for a successful 2021? Take a look at our Career Counselling & Coaching services and reach out and book in a session for when you return from holidays and make an investment in taking your career to the next level. Find out more here.


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