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Making a career change at 40: an opportunity to get it right

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Making a career change in your 40s is a chance to get it right. A chance to align your work life with your values, needs, and desires. To work with people you enjoy working with. 

Elon Musk had founded Tesla and SpaceX by his early 40s, proving it’s never too late to start over at 40 and make a career pivot.

You just need to clarify your optimal career role. I’ll show you how.

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Career change at 40…a fresh opportunity to get it right

Making a career change in your 40’s is a chance to make a course correction.

A chance to align your work life with your values, needs and desires. To work with people you enjoy working with.

Elon Musk had founded Tesla and SpaceX by his early 40’s, proving it’s never too late to start over at 40 and make a career pivot,  as long as you pursue your vision

So How do you make this career pivot at 40?

You need to clarify your optimal career role. I’ll show you how in this video.

Luckily, a small tweak in your career decision making approach can make all the difference in your work life and career satisfaction, like it did for Musk.

You don’t have to change who you are. You are fine just as you are. Byy 40 years of age, you have a good amount of work and/or life experience under your belt by now.

You just have to take charge of your career direction.

As a Career Discovery Coach I’ve found that  when you are in a career role that is not a fit, or it does not align with who you are, …you feel a dissonance. Anxiety. Discomfort.

In many cases you think it’s the boss, but they are just a symptom, not the cause!

So what is the best way to make a smooth change to the right career role at 40?

Well,  don’t think of this as a career change to a new company or industry.

Look at as a change in career ROLES .. roles that better align.. with your destiny, who you are

The career role where you can be the superstar!

When you step into the role you are meant for, you are in control. you ARE at your best most productive self.

For example, this happened to me when I made a career change from working on Wall Street as a Bond trader, It was a glamorous job, paid well, but I didn’t use my talents in the boring routine of buying and selling trades all day.

Like Elon Musk, I knew I had to be an entrepreneur. I started several businesses and have never looked back.

So What are the factors that determine the career role where you can be the superstar

There are what I call the Five Factors of your Career Destiny. These factors 100% guarantee your career satisfaction.

I will prove it. Better, you can prove it to yourself.

Look at your most recent job or career role where you are unhappy. You’ll find, it’s because one …or all …of these five factors are not satisfied:

You are not applying your most talents properly

The job doesn’t reflect your values and beliefs

The lifestyle doesn’t suit you

You are not working with the crew of people.. you want to spend time with all day

You are not engaging with the ideal customer you are meant to work with

You now have a chance to define these five factors for yourself, and land in your most optimal, confident career roles.

5 factors image:

This graphic reflects a process I have innovated.. to help you define confident career roles.

When you identify… how best to apply your talents, identify.. your values and beliefs, your target market audience who need you, the lifestyle you want, and deliver your career role through the work community you are happy working with all day,

Then you gain control of your career path, and become free from work stress and anxiety.

Like Elon Musk.., when you are connected to your work mission…  you may change industries or jobs, but your career role never changes. You are on a lifetime career path.

When you step in to the right career role, you look at the world differently. You look at it with confidence.

And world in turn, looks at you with confidence. And provides you with the people places and opportunities it had denied to you in the past.

Like I always say, Change how you look at the world, and you change how the world looks at you

If you need to make a career change at 40, you now understand how to do it right this time.

You can proceed without fear… when you identify your optimal career role, by basing it on the Five Factors of your Career Destiny.

Whether you are making a career change at 40 with no degree or if you have several degrees like Elon Musk, this is your chance.

If you found my approach to a career change at 40 to be helpful, I have  three ways to help you discover the career role that is right for you.

My Define Your Career Destiny one week home study course.

The Career destiny fast track 3 week home study course

Or my 2 hour Career Destiny Workshop for Besties, where best friends can build a business or joint venture together.

All guided by a hands-on Career Discovery Coach.

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In this article, Making a career change at 40 is an opportunity to get it right, we will cover:

Career Change at 40 - a fresh opportunity to get it right

Your career transition to a new career in your 40’s is an opportunity to get it right. 

Time to take a step back and assess your career path.

Why job search for more of the same jobs, if your current career role is not making you happy or is not meeting your needs?

You can get it right this time.

Real life considerations for a career change at 40

Yes, you have some very real considerations in your life right now:
  • How do I make a career change at 40 when I have bills to pay?
  • How do I find a new career in my 40’s if I have no degree?
  • I know I need a career change, but I don’t know where to start
  • I’m 40, is it too late to start a new career or business?
This is why I say to take a step back, don’t panic. Assess your options so you can make cool-headed decisions. But don’t sit on your hands either. You are in your prime in your 40’s. Si it could be your last chance to make a course correction.

A new career at 40 is your change to make a change you won’t regret

Whether you are making a career change at 40 with no degree or if you have several degrees like Elon Musk, this is your chance. 

At 40 years old, Elon Musk launched SpaceX after his success at Tesla. 

Leading up to that, he had made many career changes in many career roles. So don’t be concerned.

He started as a shy young man who was bullied in High School because he was introverted and physically small. But he found the career role where he could be the superstar and then ran with it.

He started coding at 11 years old. For him it was an aligned career for an introvert with anxiety. 

Though shy and introverted, when making career choices he knew in his career roles he had to run his own show or he wouldn’t be happy.

Musk developed a software he created called Blastar and sold it to a gaming app when he was only 12!

He had a degree in physics by 21, but always pursued his entrepreneurial dream, and by age 27 built an e-commerce platform he sold to eBay for $1.5 Billion. 

He founded Tesla shortly after that at 30 years old. This gave him the resources to found SpaceX. At 40 he was the first private company to launch a spacecraft.

Musk’s many career role changes throughout his career path proves that you always have an opportunity to get it right, even in your 30s and 40s, as long as you pursue your vision.

You just need to discover what career role you are meant for. I will show you how.

Making that career pivot in your 40's: gain control of your work life by aligning with your needs

If you want to get control of your work life satisfaction, you may need to make a pivot in your mindset.

Luckily, a small tweak in your career decision-making approach can make all the difference in your career satisfaction, same as it did for Musk. 

You don’t have to change who you are. You don’t need a career test to analyze your personality type or career aptitude. You can make that career pivot right from where you are now.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of confusing career advice and assumptive career change tips about the best careers to start at 40. Most are putting the cart before the horse. 

So be careful about all the tips and advice. You don’t need to change who you are.

You are fine just as you are in your 40’s. You just need to align your employment roles with your needs and your values to gain back control.

Of course, a new career at 40 may have you going through some strong emotions right now. It may make you question yourself.

However, by 40 years of age you have a good amount of work and/or life experience under your belt. You just have to take charge of your career direction to make a change that will bring you job satisfaction and control of your work life.

Yes, you certainly want to examine the practical aspects of career change at 40.

But here is your chance to balance the hard economic and lifestyle realities against the job satisfaction you crave.

You are not alone. Currently, in 2021 stats show career satisfaction is about 56%. This means 44% of us looking to make a change.

Graph of job satisfaction rates since 1987

With an average increase in wages, career satisfaction is about 56%. This means 44% of us are wanting to make a change.

So what is the driver of your wanting to make a career change because of low job satisfaction?

The lack of career satisfaction in your case could be anyone or a combination of these elements:

  • You are in your prime earning years, and the compensation is insufficient
  • The daily grind of the work is joyless
  • The lifestyle of the job may not suit you
  • Your contribution is not appreciated by the company
  • Poor relationship with manager or co-workers
  • Life is short, and you are underemployed, bored, burned out, or stuck in a rut

 

 

The main drivers of career change

Whatever the reason for low career satisfaction appears to be, as a Career Discovery Coach I’ve found that the main drivers of career change are often internal mental conflicts that arise from the job.

If the career role you are in is not a fit, you feel a dissonance. Anxiety. Discomfort. In many cases, you think it’s the boss, but they are just a symptom, not the cause!

Sometimes you’ve just outgrown the job or feel trapped in a role that doesn’t reflect who you are. Or you may have limiting beliefs that are hamstringing your outlook.

So you reach a point where you know you need to make a career change. But what kind of changes do you need?

The answer to that is simple: align the career roles you choose with what you are meant to do!

In what career role can you be the superstar?

Victória Azárenka – Former world #1 singles player

Look at a career change as a change in career roles

The big secret of making a smooth career change in your 40s? 

Its a mindset: don’t think of this as a career change. Instead, think of it as a new career role you are transitioning to. A role where you can be the superstar. 

A role that aligns with your strengths: your values, talents, lifestyle, working with the crew of peers you are meant for. 

When you step into the role you are meant for, you are in control. You can be at your best, most productive self. 

Career roles that align with who you are, make all the difference in your job satisfaction.

For example, this happened to me when I worked on Wall Street for Morgan Stanley as a Treasury Bond trader, moving $7 billion a day.

It was a glamorous job, paid well, but I didn’t use my talents in the boring routine of buying and selling trades all day. I didn’t like the long commute to New York City at 6:30 am and getting home at 7:00 pm every day. Especially when I had a young daughter growing up. 

Like Elon Musk, I knew I had to be an entrepreneur. I started several businesses and have never looked back.

The Five Factors of Your Career Destiny

Earlier, I promised you I’d show you how to clarify your optimal career role. I will do that now. 

There are what I call the Five Factors of your Career Destiny. These factors 100% guarantee your career satisfaction. They are the path to identify your Career Destiny.

I will prove it. Better, you can prove it to yourself.

Try this 5 point career change quiz

This quiz determines your job satisfaction in your most recent or current job or career.

If you are in the wrong career role or you are unhappy, its usually because one or all of these five factors are not satisfied:  

  • You might be working in a job that doesn’t reflect your values and beliefs
  • You might be wasting your most valuable talents because you are not applying them in the proper role or industry
  • You might be working in a lifestyle that doesn’t suit you
  • You might not be employed in the peer working for community with the crew of people you want to spend time with all-day
  • You may not be engaging with the ideal customer you are meant to work with, which kills job satisfaction and fulfillment

If you are not scoring yes for at least 3 of 5 of these factors, you do not have deep job satisfaction and probably need a change.

You now have a chance to define these five factors for yourself and land in your most optimal career roles.

Confident career roles make choosing a new career simple


By identifying the 5 factors of your Career Destiny for yourself, you can now choose confident career roles that align with who you really are. 

This graphic below reflects a 5 factor process I have innovated to help you define confident career roles.

The 5 factors include:

  1. Identify the best application of your talents and skills
  2. Identify your career, money and retirement values 
  3. Identify your target market: the clients, customers and audience who most need the services you provide
  4. Assess what lifestyle and workday environment you need to make you happy
  5. Identify in what peer work community can you convey your optimal career roles 

 

graphic with 5 job satisfaction factors and a photo of confident young lady  

When you align these Five Factors of your Career Destiny, you gain control of your career satisfaction. You feel confident in your career roles. At the same time, you become free from work stress and anxiety.

Like Elon Musk, you are connected to your work mission so there is never any concern of losing or changing your job. You are on a path, led by your career role.

You won’t feel threatened by your boss because you are in sync. 

For example, let’s say you blame your boss for career dissatisfaction. 

Now imagine your relationship with that boss if you were both volunteers at a soup kitchen on weekends. You would feel much more comfortable in that volunteer role, and you might even develop quite a friendship. 

When you identify and align your roles with your Career Destiny, your workday is like that. It’s not a power struggle, you are all on the same level, the same team. That is how you gain career satisfaction in your work life, even in a new career at 40.

So what could be holding you back from landing in your optimal career role? 

Are self-limiting beliefs affecting your career decision making?


Making a career change can be a complex process, whether at 40, 50, or in a midlife career change. 

In order to get it right, to get grounded, you may need to look at if limiting beliefs have affected your career decision system in the past.

You may have unknowingly chosen roles beneath what you are capable of!

As a Career Discovery Coach and a mindset coach, I don’t spend much time on your past. I look at where you are in the present moment, and we launch your Career Destiny Blueprint from there. 

However, before you can proceed with confidence in your optimal career roles, sometimes we have to let go of excess baggage. 

This means you need to assess if past grievances or limiting beliefs are coloring your career decisions in a negative way. 

Addressing self-limiting beliefs is an essential aspect of your career transition because:

  • Your limiting beliefs may lead you to stay in a job where you are bored, stressed, underemployed or underpaid
  • You may be going after less of a job than you are capable
  • Your grievances may be a factor in procrastinating or being reluctant to get out of a narrow comfort zone, or be unmotivated
  • You may feel overwhelmed right now 
  • Your fear beliefs may make you feel like you need to be a perfectionist, and have stalled your growth
  • You don’t want to spend your life in regret, wishing it were different 

If you want to get it right this time, you have to put a little focus on this. Your career decision-making depends on it!

How your beliefs work together to guide the change in your career roles at 40

This diagram explains how beliefs work together to support your career role change, and how limiting beliefs can sabotage that change. 

flowchart of how your beliefs support your career destiny

First, look at this diagram with your hand over the red box on left. This is how your beliefs work together to manifest your Career Destiny.

Then, uncover that red box, and you see how negative beliefs might sabotage your career roles: how you think about them, how you make decisions about them, and how you choose them.

As you can imagine, if you have negative self-talk or continually affirm to yourself that you have limitations, then you will have those limitations!

Luckily, you can change a negative mindset to positive affirmations pretty quickly (usually about 3 to 6 weeks.) 

If you feel the need to make a career change at 40, you now understand how to get it right this time.

You can proceed without fear in your optimal career role change, by basing it on the Five Factors of your Career Destiny.

Did you find my approach to making a career change at 40 helpful?

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Need help with a career decision? Why a Career Change Coach is your best bet (in 2023)

Need help with a career decision? Why a Career Change Coach is your best bet (for 2023)

If you need assistance with a career decision, the best career coach for the job may be a career change coach. 

The reason I say this is because a typical career coach’s main training and focus is as a generalist. They can help you with many aspects of your job search, IF you are already decided on your career path.

However if you are uncertain about a career move, a career coach doesn’t really have the training or expertise to help you with that. They typically employ clumsy tools such as job matching from  personality tests.

In contrast, as a career change coach, my only focus is to help guide you to manifest the career destiny you are meant for. Especially if you are uncertain about what career path is best for you. 

The career coaching services comparison below explains the differences between a traditional career coach role and a career change coach’s approach. 

My career destiny proverb explains my coaching approach in the most concise way:

The old adage “you can become whoever you want to be” is not necessarily true.

However, you can become who your are meant to be.
That is your Career Destiny.

Larry LaFata, Founder Define Your Career

Larry Lafata, Career Discovery Coach

The right career change coach can help you make your career move with confidence

If you are making an important career decision,  you want to give yourself the best chance to finally land in a career where you are happy.

You don’t want to just jump jobs to get away from where you are, for example with a lateral career move. If you work through it right, you can make your career move count this time.

To know who can best help you to find the career that you are meant for, this quick career coaching comparison shows you how a career change coach can help you avoid this.

In this article: Need help with a career decision? Why a Career Discovery Coach is your best bet (for 2022) we will cover:

The three ways a career change coach differs from a typical career coach to help you choose a new career

What does a career coach do? Their typical job function and the tools they use to help you find a new career

What does a Career Change Coach do? Their job function and tools used to help you find a new career

Difference in processes and tools used by a Career Coach vs. a Career Change Coach

How much does a career coach cost? What services are included?

How much does a Career Change Coach cost, and what services are included?

Summary of the three reasons you need a Career Change Coach if you want to choose a new career

Three ways a career change coach differs from a typical career coach to help you choose a new career

  • Our job function: A career change coach focuses on helping you choose the career you are meant for vs. a career coach uses job matching to match you to a category of jobs

  • The process and the tools we use: A career change coach uses self-assessments vs. a career coach who uses aptitude tests and personality tests

  • Our Cost structure: Transparent one-time pricing on packages vs. typical career coach uses open ended consults and test packages

Job functions: how a Career Coach and a Career Change Coach differ

Let’s start with a comparison of the job functions that differentiates a career coach from a career change coach. 

The primary difference between most career coaches and a career change coach can be summed up in our approach: job search vs choosing a career. 

What does a career coach do? Their typical job function and tools they use to help you search for a job

  • The primary function of a career coach is to help you with your job search action plan, which can take one to six months

  • Services they specialize in are resume writing, resume optimization for Applicant Tracking System, LinkedIn profile optimization, interview preparation, salary negotiation tactics, company research, HR guidance, finding a job, and other related services

  • Career coaches do not specialize in helping you find a new career: what they actually do is what is a form of  job matching – they match your aptitude and personality test results to a job category

    • Job matching evaluates various psychological, intellectual and personality traits by using aptitude tests, MBTI Personality tests, Strong Interest Inventory tests etc. to attempt to assess suitability for a particular field or job

    • A Career Coach attempts to match you to a job category based on your test results

What does a career change coach do? Job function and tools they use to help you find a new career

Sometimes you think your difficulty in finding a good job is your interviewing skills or resume, when in fact the problem may be that you are looking for jobs that are not a good fit for you. A good career change coach can flush this out.

I do this by using a series of fill-in-the-blank self-assessments and other tools that allow you to choose the career or business that is the right fit for you. This process works regardless of your work experience, your economic background or level of education.

If you are frustrated about your job search, are in a career transition and need to make a career change, or just uncertain about how to find a new career, a career change coach has the tools which are best suited to help you find your way. 

  • A Career Change Coach’s primary job function is to guide you on how to choose the career or business you are meant for, which typically takes one to three weeks

  • Primary services and tools provided by a career change coach include: 

    • Fill-in-the-blank career self-assessment to identify the Five Factors of your Career Destiny so you can self-select the career you will love for a lifetime

    • Lifetime career goal setting tools so you can vet and set lifelong, long term and short-term goals

    • A 5 year Action Plan template which ignites your career goals into manageable daily steps so you can manifest your career destiny as quickly as possible

    • A weekly self-management tool to keep you on track to your destiny and grow your management capacity

    • Mindset programming: a career change coach will help you program positive intention so you can stay mentally tough during your transition. Through positive affirmations and visualization techniques, you internalize powerful new values that help manifest your career destiny permanently

  • Primary services also include hands-on live career coaching on zoom video call to:

    • Support you in completing the courses and workshops so you get best results

    • Guide you through obstacles to your customized, unique-to-you Career Destiny

    • Brainstorm ideas, business ventures and career options you couldn’t come up with on your own

  • What a career change coach does NOT specialize in: job search, resume writing, interviewing skills, LinkedIn profile, or online job search engine skills  

You would typically use a Career Change Coach first, to uncover your career destiny, then if needed use a career coach for your job search.

Difference in processes and tools used by a Career Coach vs. a Career Change Coach

To find a career you will love for a lifetime, a career that is unique to you, you need the right tools.

The primary difference between most career coaches and a career change coach can be summed up in our approach: career tests vs career destiny.

Career coaches use of psychometric tests

  • Career coaches use career aptitude tests, personality type tests, strong interest inventory and other psychometric test results to match you to a job category

    • Test results put you into a box and turns you into a commodity, you become a widget who can be matched to a specific narrow set of jobs on job search websites

Career change coaches do not use psychometric tests, they use self-assessments

  • A Career Change Coach uses innovative self-assessments based on proven business marketing principles

    • This allows you to identify the 5 Factors of your optimal career and manifest your one-of-a-kind Career Destiny

  • A career change coach NEVER uses psychometric tests such as MBTI personality tests

    • I believe these tests are invasive psychological assessments that measure your mind and compare your test results to a database of others

    • They allow recruiters and employers to view you with a bias, so they can ‘weed you out’ of certain jobs

Difference in costs and fees between a Career Coach and a Career Change Coach

Let’s compare what a career coach costs to a my career change coaching prices. The primary difference between the costs of a career coach and a career change coach is transparency.

Career coaching packages pricing:

  • Career coaches need to talk to you first, and then base your package pricing on discussions or tests

  • Career coaches have different consult fees based on your situation and their level of experience; they may categorize you by your gender, if you are a college grad, career change, executive, etc.

Career change coaching pricing

  • A career change coach offers the same initial consult price to everyone – free

  • An honest career change coach has one set price for everyone, no matter your experience, background, education or current job situation

How much does a career coach cost? What services are included?

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Career Coaching Services typically include an initial consult, then depending on your needs, will continue as ongoing coaching consults or build out a complete package.

The difficulty in career coaches pricing is your services start as open ended consults. 

Add in aptitude tests and consults to discuss test results, or choose a package, and it can add up to an average of $1500 to $3500 by the time you are done. It may not be a transparent process.

How much does a Career Change Coaching package at DefineYourCareer.com cost, and what services are included?

My Career Change Coaching has transparent package pricing from $99 to $497.

All courses and workshops include live, hands-on career coaching and 24/7 email.

No additional coaching consults are added and you are not pushed into expensive unadvertised packages. Total honesty and 100% transparent pricing.

Career Change Coaching Services off several levels of career change coaching, including:: 

    • Includes three hands on career coaching consults and 24/7 email support

Summary of why a Career Change Coach is your best option to choose a new career

If your goal is to discover what career or business is right for you, a typical career coach simply doesn’t have the tools, experience or process in place to help you discover the career you are meant for.

They simply are not trained or skilled to help you choose a career you will love.

In contrast, a Career Change Coach has the credentials, experience and authorship of innovative courses to best help you to choose a career or business you will love for a lifetime. Without any invasive psychometric tests.

To find out more about how to choose a career or business that is right for you,
Larry offers one week home study course called Define Your Career Destiny.
Here’s how to get yours now:

About Define Your Career

About Define Your Career

The best way to tell you about define your career is to tell you about my mission.
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Define Your Career is dedicated to manifesting your career destiny and eliminating underemployment. With a recent study from Gallup Organization The State of the American Work Place  showing 70% of Americans don’t like their jobs, and are not fully engaged, this is a large workplace issue:

“Gallup finds that (of approximately 100 million holding full time jobs) the 30 million engaged
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You want to be one of the engaged ones. To thrive – not just survive. With our career plan
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What clients does Define Your Career help to choose a career?

  • If you want to change your career, but want to be sure you make a career change your won’t regret

  • If you are job hunting and want to stand out from all other job candidates

  • If you are considering a new career

  • If you have graduated University and are not sure what career path is best for you

  • If you suffer with low pay, working conditions, long hours, long commute or bad bosses

  • If you have been downsized, laid off or your industry has been outsourced

  • Before you make the huge, expensive commitment of continuing education
    as a path to change careers or enhance career – you want to be sure you are
    investing in your career destiny


This work experience diagram shows what level of career planning may be required

Career Planning vs. Work experience - https://defineyourcareer.comWhat’s our secret?
Simple. The Define Your Career assessment process is a career plan blueprint that takes
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Successful businesses know what value they best bring to market, and know how to message
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  • Where do you create the most value
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  • Which talents or skills produce the most marketable value
  • How to use what lifestyle you are interested in and desire as part of your employment
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Define Your Career Destiny
– the ultimate career discovery blueprint

Coaching support helps you through obstacles, to brainstorms ways to segue into your career destiny, and to keep you motivated

What else do you do here?
We also provide career planning speaking engagements at colleges (pro-bono at prisons and shelters)  which include one day and 2 day career blueprint workshops and speaking on other career planning topics.

About the author – Larry LaFata
The author and publisher, Larry LaFata, specializes in curing your underemployment.

He has taken his 20 years of business marketing experience, and re-engineered it into a process that powers individuals to release their most powerful economic value.

“The one thing I see repeatedly in failing small businesses and individuals is a lack of focus on
identifying where you shine best. That is my focus here.” Says LaFata.

LaFata left the Bond Market on Wall Street in the late 80’s, started a sales and marketing
consulting company in 1994, called Working by Design LLC. He has helped numerous
businesses and individuals with their sales and marketing since then.

He has simply taking the same proven branding and marketing process that works for business and applies those same strategies to branding & marketing you as an individual.

What don’t we do?
Our career path planning helps you discover your new career destiny or entrepreneurial
business venture, and create a plan to achieve it. That is what we do, that is all we do here.

What we don’t do is:

  • We NEVER use psychometric tests, personality tests, career tests or aptitude tests –
    these tests are designed to score you, classify you or put you in a category box like
    cattle –  not help you discover where your unique value is
  • We don’t offer vague Life Coaching
  • We don’t offer Resume services except for coaching clients
  • We don’t offer job listings
I offer three ways to find a career you love, click on image below to find out about all my Career Discovery Services:

A Defined Career – Richard Branson

A Big birthday for Richard Branson

Richard Branson, Photo from LinkedIn.com

One of my all-time favorite entrepreneurs is Richard Branson, (Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson to be exact) the UK Billionaire who dropped out of school at 16 years old to later launch Virgin records.

His birthday is tomorrow, July 18th, so let’s all wish him a VERY happy 65th. Not that he’ll EVER retire!

Branson  founded Virgin Group, which includes 400 companies in 30 countries. His personal net worth is $4.8 Billion, but his influence far exceeds his wealth. For example, on LinkedIn he is the #1 influencer there, with 8,137,000+ followers.

His latest ventures include suborbital space tourism, and writing witty books. He may even have a few more books coming, having recently penned The Virgin Way: How to listen, learn, laugh and lead.

Career and Entrepreneur Skills
Like Benjamin Franklin, one of Branson’s first ventures was launching a magazine, called Student. he knew early on that publishing was a fast way to success.

By the time he was 23, his publishing ventures had turned to music, when he launched Virgin Records and signed his first artist Mike Olfield, who had the smash hit ”Tubular Bells.”

Branson’s key career skill is defining his unique career identity, which expresses itself in his many roles: adventurer, entrepreneur and now philanthropist. His values guide his career path. He talks a lot about his values and  how the Branson brand thrives by having purpose

This is why one of the longest chapters in Define Your Career Destiny Course is about vetting your values – so you can clarify your business purpose to guide your career choices, like Branson has done so spectacularly.

His sense of adventure permeates everything he does, in both business and personal ventures. You can sometimes find him high above the earth in flight.

To learn more about Branson – including some great photos – go to  Virgin.com/richard-branson

Enjoy the ride.

A Defined Career – Donald Trump

You may know Donald Trump from his hit show The Apprentice or his run fro President.

Trump is truly an example of a defined career. He is an author, a Real Estate developer and involved in many other business interests.

Unlike many other wealthy heirs who’ve squandered their family fortunes, like Paris Hilton ALMOST did before she straightened out, Trump multiplied his wealth. But many who come into wealth are not so lucky.

Lottery Winner Syndrome
In fact over 70% of wealth is lost by the second generation and more than a whopping 90% of wealth is evaporated by the third generation according to this Wall Street Journal article on squandered, Lost or mishandled inheritance.

I talk about this often, its called the Lottery Winner Syndrome – where your internal belief system cannot handle the enormous pressure of tremendous new wealth.  Pro golfer Tiger Woods is a pretty recent example. Soon after  Woods dad died, he went on a sex binge that destabilized his career and destroyed his marraige. Without that support system his dad provided, he fell apart;  his belief system couldn’t handle his huge success.

Another example is NFL players.  78% of NFL players go bankrupt or broke 2 years aft they retire. In boxing,  Mike Tyson reportedly blew over $200 million in earnings. These athletes are able to go into huge debt – based on their brand – and then are unable to repay it.

Limiting Beliefs
We all have sophisticated beliefs system, based on many factors. Many of these beliefs limit us. They are called limiting beliefs. They could come from family, friends, social engineering, insecurities we have developed, media programming, numerous places.

These beliefs guide our decisions. If they are flawed beliefs – such as the belief “I don’t deserve all this wealth!” or “I can’t handle all this wealth, too much pressure!”  You will find ways and make decisions to align your wealth to what you believe you deserve.

This works in your career path decisions as well. You may be worth WAY more than your salary or compensation plan, but on some level you only ask for XYZ pay instead of what you are worth. You may do this with spouse decisions and social decisions as well.

The good news is these limiting beliefs can be unlearned! 

Yes. You can consciously change what your beliefs are, and get the wealth you deserve – like Donald Trump has done.

What’s next for Trump
So what does the man who has everything do next? He runs for president. I wish Donald Trump much luck. It’s the next level for a man who has truly defined his career path.

What’s next for you?
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Compare Career Planning Options

Compare Career Planning Options

When you compare the different career planning options available, you’ll note that the popular career planning sites have many different approaches they offer. In fact they are inconsistent and all over the place. Especially career planning for college students.

The career planning services comparison chart below gives you an idea of some of the services available.

Why do so many career planning services miss the mark? Why is there no agreement on what career planning should include?

Avoid the dead end of psychometric tests

As you can see in the comparison chart below, virtually all the providers of career planning services use Psychometric tests (career aptitude tests and personality tests) to score you, classify you or categorize you.

So right off the bat, they are starting from a position of labeling you – putting you into a box! No wonder a recent Gallup poll says only 30% or so of Americans are engaged in their work! The other 70% have been categorized into a box they can’t escape from.

HR professionals trying to fit a square peg into a round hole

Besides Psychometric testing based career planning, the other major group of career planning service providers are HR professionals and Recruiters.

Most of these are corporatists, they have worked in corporations and spend their time trying to fit a round you into a square job slot. They churn out endless streams of tips on how to game the system, How to contort yourself to gain access to pre-defined corporate jobs.

Remember, the career consultants, coaches and advisers that come from corporate HR or recruiting backgrounds are experienced is in finding candidates that conform to specific company job requirements.

This might include how to interview, polish your resume or find hidden job opportunities. While those are necessary skills for you to find an existing job with a corporation, they are not helping you with the set of skills that will help you define your optimal career destiny or business venture. Especially if you have a unique skill set.

Wild goose chase?

The sad part of these career planning services is that many are quite expensive and yet they don’t have a clear plan of action.

For example, if they base a plan of action on how you are ‘classified” from a limited personality test, they can waste your time taking the wrong career path or job hunting for the wrong job. This is sending you on a wild goose chase into a dead end.

  1. The biggest drawback that you will note is that a majority of career advisor sites base their coaching on psychometric tests results – aptitude tests designed to “classify” you into a “type” or “category.”
    1. Many of these tests are based on unproven or half-baked theories of personality from the 1920’s
    2. These automated tests categorize you INTO a box rather than define a unique-to-you customized solution that reveals your most powerful traits and opportunities
    3. Putting yourself into a category “box” like this turns you into a commodity, just another employee, not a superstar where you can shine and make your biggest impact in the world
    4. Many of these psychometric tests were originally designed for big corporations and government to “weed out bad apples” and determine who NOT to hire!
    5. Many test results assume a certain personality “score” or “type” means that you belong in a certain field, which is incredibly limiting to your potential.
  2. You will also note that most industry coaching consults are based on open-ended random conversations from what they glean from these tests, not on a specific, customized-to-you program agenda. Not only does open-ended coaching get expensive for you and waste your time, it often does not help you find the career that is right for you. Good career coaching should keep you focused to define your optimal career and put together an action plan to make it happen as quickly as possible
  3. Then there is the cost to consider. The big player’s programs can go on for two to three months, and cost thousands. You should be able to put a career plan together in 3 weeks max, unless you require more time to overcome specific obstacles.
Compare the most popular
Career Planning and Transition programs on the market today
Top Career Planning Programs and ServicesCourse ContentsPricingDefine Your Career DestinyPricing
Compare: Coached career planning and transition
packages
A Major
Career Institute – one of the oldest players in the
industry
CareerDestiny
Fast Track Program
Career Choice Program3 month course, based ontests and phone consults2 to 3 month long programThree
week comprehensive career planning package

 

A straightforward step-by-step program:

 

Week One: Define Your Career

Week Two: Define and Set Goals

Week Three: Implement Action Plan

CareerPlan ProFast Track Program$397
Course content based on
psychometric testing
$1,500
Course content depends
on test results
to
Mail materials back and
forth to institute
$3,900
Course structure varies
with individual
Coaching telephone
consults
A Major
Career Planner –a Psychometric Tests Site
You’ll implement
an action-oriented career planwith strong coaching support for exceptional results.Coaching is based on course materials andincludes 4 weekly consults totaling 100 minutes.Unlimited email supportNo psychometric tests in any of our programs
Career Coaching Program5 Hour testing andphone consultations5 hours phone consults over 3
months
$500
Course structure varies
with individual
Requires personality
“type” tests
Very spread out &
inconsistent
Not comprehensive
Not based on a set of
course materials
Compare: Self-paced career planning and
transition programs
A Well Known Career AdvisorCareerPlan Pro – The ultimate career transition tool
Career Planning Program

3 hour phone consults
Not self-paced, requires career coaching$499Three week
comprehensive career planning program

 

A straightforward step-by-step program:

 

Week One: Define Your CareerWeek Two: Define and Set Goals

Week Three: Implement Action Plan

Define Your Career Destiny
Package

$197
3 phone sessions based
on test results
NO set program schedule
Phone session content
can vary
Not comprehensive
Course materials vary
An Established Career Change AdvisorYou’ll implement an action-oriented career transition plan with a self-paced three week course. The course material builds upon itself to completion. If you need them, coaching sessions available for $37.Includes limited email support

No psychometric tests in any of our programs

 

Career Change Advisor
Program
Length of program varies$197plus,requires $29 monthly membership
Course
content is not clearly articulated
A collection of various resourcesthat you have to sort through
Coaching
required to fully complete
$29
monthly membership required
Compare: career coaching consults
A Leading
Career Planner –a Psychometric Tests Site
Define Your Career – Coaching Consults
Career Coaching 1 hour Unstructured random conversation 1 hour session Coaching is a pitch for personality tests$125Our
30 minute career coaching consults are based on assisting you with your career planning and transition. You’ll get assistance addressing specific issues that you uncover in your career planning.
$67 for 1stcoaching session
Consult based on random
conversation topics
A Major
Career Institute – one of the oldest players in the
industry
Our coaching consults assist you to create a
customized solution that is unique to you Career aptitude and psychometric tests are used by many employers to “weed out bad apples” – not define your
career. Some tests attempt to “categorize” your one-of-a-kind personality into a “type” or “score” so you can be
“classified. “Instead of putting you into a “classification box” like this, we assist you to create a customized solution unique to you.
Career Testing Program: Psychometric tests and analysis A battery of psychometric
“personality” tests designed to fit you into a “category” or “type. “Many of these tests are based on unproven theories of personality and psychology. Sadly, once “tested’ you still don’t have a plan
$520

The Define Your Career difference

Avoid the weaknesses of these other career planning and career coaching programs with Define Your Career Destiny Home study course. It’s a proven, organized self-selection process. You determine what your career destiny is by going through a set of action steps that reveal your optimal career and set up an action plan to achieve it quickly.

You move yourself through the program to identify your optimal career or business. If you need assistance, Career Coaching is there to support you with an unparalleled level of coaching support.at very reasonable rates.

Whether you need a fully coached three-week Fast Track program, individual coaching sessions for specific issues or no coaching at all, it’s up to you. The Define Your Career Destiny coaching support helps you with specific issues – based on specific items you uncover while going through the course.

I’ll assist you to overcome obstacles you may encounter while going through the process, whether you need assistance in defining your career, setting goals or putting together your career action plan.

For maximum coaching support, the Fast Track program provides daily support and weekly conferences over a three week timeline.is designed to give you close support and structure over three weeks.

Find out more about coaching support here.

You are your own best career planner

If a career planner tries to play an all-knowing God or be your life coach, or lure you into an expensive long-term program like so many career services, you need to double check if that is necessary. You are your own best career planner.

Define Your Career helps you make the right series of choices with a career blueprint and self-assessment that you self-select.

Rather than spend your time on learning how to fit into a corporate box so you can sneak into a job. I will support you to develop your optimal career plan as quickly as possible for your particular speed and style.

You are in charge of your career plan, we are here to facilitate the process, from whatever the education, credentials, or experience level you are at right now.

Find out more about coaching support here

Retirement Scenarios To Consider

define your career retirement
By: Nancy <I’m gonna SNAP!

How does retirement fit into your career planning?

For some of you, retirement is a concept that is a painful thought, living on a low income, just scraping by. For others, it brings anxiety or uncertainty. For most, its blissful ignorance “let’s worry about that when we get there.”

We are socially engineered by financial companies to think retirement means having a bucket of money we draw down on. But retirement doesn’t have to mean a complete change to slacker mode.

 In fact, retirement can kill! The sudden cessation of work and routine can effect your health in negative ways.

Think outside the box for your retirement

No well run business or trust would operate from a drawdown on a bucket of money. It’s all about CASH FLOW. Looking at retirement in terms of cash flow is the way to think “outside the box” for retirement. What forms of cash flow could you generate for and during retirement?

Don’t think you will have enough savings? There are other many easy and simple ways to plan for a happy retirement cash flow.

Why not set up a small hobby business now, that can quietly grow into a source of ongoing cash flow during your retirement? Could you take courses in photography now, and develop a hobby that could make money when you retire? What career changes or choices could you make now or in the future to segue into a better retirement? There are many scenarios you can pursue. Take a few minutes to go through your retirement beliefs and explore some of the possibilities – which ones could you cultivate to give you a happier retirement?

Review your Retirement Scenarios

Test each level below to see where your comfort level is now, and where you would like to cultivate it to be.As you go through the scenarios below, ask yourself “Do I currently believe this?” and “does this reflect my money, career and lifestyle values?”

 

Retirement and Career Planning

Now after going through all these scenarios, ask yourself “Which retirement scenario would be the best one for me? Which one could I begin to cultivate now?

Finally, after going through these retirement scenarios, are you satisfied with your answers to those scenarios? If not, what retirement beliefs – from this list  – should you begin to cultivate now?

Question yourself a bit here: Is how I think about retirement right for me?

Retirement as cash flow
What new revenue stream strategies could you begin to employ now – to harvest as cash flow in your retirement? Consider hobbies, career changes, businesses, investments and any other ideas you’d enjoy.

Retirement scenarios are addressed in depth in Define Your Career Destiny Home Study Course

 

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Larry Lafata, Career Discovery Coach

Larry LaFata is founder of defineyourcareer.com and the world’s only Career Discovery Coach. He is dedicated to help you discover your Career Destiny, regardless of your background, education or experience. His innovative courses include Define Your Career Destiny one week home study course and Career Destiny Workshop for Besties.

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