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Play your own career counselor

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If you’re restless, you can hire a career counselor for hundreds of dollars. But first, try to counsel yourself.

Any good counselor will try to open your mind to new possibilities by encouraging you to discuss any half-baked or fleeting ideas you’ve had about other careers. Put yourself through the same exercise by asking these questions:

• What are some of the personal and professional highlights of my life?
• What made these experiences so special? How can I repeat them?
• To what extent has my job differed from what I expected?
• Do people keep suggesting that I try a particular career, grow in a certain area or master a new discipline?
• In an ideal world, what would I like to do over the next year?

Try to tape-record your answers or have a friend discuss them with you. By exploring these issues, you may begin to gain momentum for a career change or at least develop a clearer strategy for getting ahead.

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