Many of you are considering a career switch and that’s a great thing.
But before you do too much research into a new profession, I would do one thing ASAP — take someone in that field out for a cup of coffee.
Why? No matter how many books or articles you read about a career, no matter how long you spend on the Internet researching a profession, you’ll never know what it’s really like unless you talk to someone in the trenches. And I mean talk, not email folks.
This point was driven home for me during the weekend when I was attending a Halloween party at my neighbor’s house. My neighbor is a nurse and I’ve known her for many years now. But I’ve never really picked her brain about the job she does.
Well, all the attendees at the party got a graphic picture of what she does during a conversation about deodorant. (I know, sounds weird, but it was a party and the beer was flowing.) (more…)