The Challenges of Changing Careers
At Brilliant Careers ™ we have been helping people discover their true-life priorities for many years now. We understand all the ways in which the inner journey can trip or get misdirected, and we know how to get you back on the path. We also understand that it can be difficult and daunting, even frightening — but we’ve helped countless people through the process so we know what to expect, and how to execute the program in a professional and effective manner.
Who the Program is for:
The people who participate in our career counseling program are individuals who may have already been successful in one respect or another, but are simply not fulfilled and happy. They are people looking for a change in direction while keeping an open mind about new career options? This program allows you to realize that you don’t have to settle, and that getting up every morning can be exciting when you are heading to your dream job.
We do not offer a quick fix solution with our career counseling program. People who participate in our program are patient and don’t expect easy answers though some 5-minute quiz. Career counseling is a complex process that is very much centered on the individual. Individuals in our programs understand it takes work and dedication to achieve a new professional life but with the right guidance it is very attainable.
Our career counseling program is specially designed for self-aware individuals who take the time to look into themselves and want more. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have this quality. Here are some examples of the types of people who have gone through our program:
The Unhappy Engineer-“ He never really fit in with the rest of his classmates in university. Right after graduating he started drifting in different directions. His career led him to lots of interesting and exciting destinations and challenging work, but none of it seemed to be leading him anywhere in particular. Since completing our program, he has completed a Masters program in an entirely different subject (which he is passionate about) and has had a career shift to a large consulting firm. He now has direction and purpose in his life.
The Community Builder-“ Wanting more, the answers this person sought were through The Brilliant Career program, were she wanted to excel at clarifying her own leadership values, strengths and interests. She wanted to stay in her chosen field of work but wanted to find the fast track to move her career forward. With renewed confidence, built on her past accomplishments, she recently accepted a promotion and an expanded scope of responsibilities.
The Lost Salesperson– “In the past seven years, she has worked for four different companies. She was feeling disillusioned and was ready for a change. Working through the Personal Clarity Section of our career course, she rebuilt her career and life story, and started looking in new directions. Through networking she connected with an entrepreneur and is now a partner in a brand new venture. She is now in control of her own destiny and excelling at creating a new company.
The Trapped Lawyer- He had been practicing litigation for 10 years in a large downtown firm. He had no problem getting clients but did not really enjoy the practice of law very much. He also helped other junior lawyers build their reputations and start to build their business. Not happy, he went through our program, thinking that he wanted to find a new career outside of the law. After going through our unique process he created a new position for himself within the law. He is now a consultant showing lawyers how to build their practice using proven business development tools. He is now happy and loves what he does.
What to Expect from Our Career Counseling Program
Stage 1: Personal Clarity
The Program starts with you – examining your accomplishments, defining skills, personal assessments, exploring interests, values, relationships and environment. We need to get clarity on who you are before we determine what career will get out of bed excited every morning.
- The Accomplishments Generator: Analyze the accomplishments that you’ve enjoyed achieving so you can determine why you were successful and how you won’t fall back into a negative routine. Through this, you can identify the things that both motivate and satisfy you.
- The Skills Inventory: Discover what unique skills you have to offer the world. What you are doing now isn’t your dream job; remember that just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean you have to do it. We look for the skills you love to use.
- The Interests Analyzer: Learn what you’re truly passionate about and why. You’ll find commonalities in the things that you enjoy so you can see the big picture of what you want. Also, you’ll discover what does not interest you so you can avoid being frustrated by doing something you don’t want. Do you love hearing the sound of the alarm clock every morning?
- The Values Clarifier: Define what your core values really are and see how they line up with your accomplishments. This is an integral step toward finding a new career that supports your values instead of conflicting with them. Learn how knowing your core values can help break your current rut.
- The Relationship Definer: Determine what characteristics in people you like and dislike. Find out what kinds of people truly inspire you so you can bring yourself closer to them. Understand what people drive you crazy and learn to avoid them.
- The Ideal Environment: Determine the physical qualities and the atmosphere of your Ideal Environment – where will you love to be each day. Do you currently love your working environment?
- The Tools Assistant: Use two of our favorite assessment tools – Kolbe and Strengthfinders – to reinforce and add to everything we have figured out so far to help you achieve more.
- The Personal Allegory: Determine your short-form allegory – your own unique story about who you are and what you want to do. This story will serve as a reference-point, against which to make career and other life decisions. It will also show your progression—going from what you do now to what you really want to do in life.
Stage 2: Career Capture
Now that we know “who you are”, it is time to create your personal brand, find and evaluate opportunities, network and connect to get your new career started. We support you every step of the way.
- The Personal Brand Creator: Design how to present yourself to the world. How do you appear now? Want change? Create your résumé, online presence and your public image – it’s all part of your Personal Brand.
- The Opportunity Generator: Determine what opportunities are out there for you to explore and research, so you don’t have to settle in life.
- The Network Maximizer: Build your network, informational interview and use tools like LinkedIn and Facebook to expand your brand and opportunities.
- The Partner for Progress Program: Team up with The Brilliant Career when you’re ready to go out and find the right job in your new career. You’ll have a partner who is as committed to finding it as you are. You’ll be held accountable week in and week out. Whether the job-finding process takes 3 days or 6 months, our career counseling programs don’t end until you reach your goal—a new life.
Stage 3: Stay Connected
The Program never ends. As an alumnus of our program we stay connected to you. We are here to support you throughout your career.
You are always welcome at The Brilliant Career. In our Graduate Program you will have access to:
- Online alumni forum
- Picking up the phone and contacting us, we are here for you
Career Counseling Programs At Your Convenience
Regardless of how you participate in the program, you are doing more than getting career pointers — you are embarking on a life-changing journey within yourself, to discover who you are and what you need to do to find happiness. You wouldn’t be here if you were fulfilled in you existence.
Some might ask, “Why should I bother with The Brilliant Career career counselor when there are millions of self-help books out there?” Well, the answer to that is very simple. All books are intended for a mass audience, so they might not be the right fit for you. They certainly aren’t able to interact with you, help you along, or make sure stay on track. Finally the authors of these books might know what they’re talking about, or they might not — you have no way of knowing. Personal connections with a counselor whose only purpose is to help you get a fresh start in your professional life.
Our career counselors have helped countless people explore their inner needs and desires, so they really know what we’re doing. And in addition to this incredibly thorough experience, we bring dedication, passion and a deep understanding of the human spirit. We’ve spent years honing our program into a completely effective career counseling process with proven results. We change lives.
Whether you are meeting our career counselors in person or online, the result will be the same: we’ll keep you on track, keep you motivated and help you navigate the sometimes challenging byways of your heart and soul. You need a change and need one right now; we are your impetus.
Our career counseling programs come in two varieties: in-person, face-to-face counseling at our Toronto office or via the Internet. Either way you’re getting a highly experienced counselor using an approach that works best for you. We’ll help you figure things out, make sense of the exercises and nurse you through your blind spots (everybody has them). All with a caring hand. We want only what’s best for you! Things will only get better if you make the first steps.
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Testimonials – How our Program has impacted others
So I’ve worked hard all my life and I found myself working in a big law firm. And sure the demands are you know, pretty high, however you know, I like the work and the money is great but I was really concerned about what was happening in our industry. Big firms are under a lot of pressure these days and some have closed the doors and I was concerned the big firm model may not be viable anymore and I didn’t want to wait for something you know, bad to happen or for my firm to implode. I was really stressed out and I, you know knew that I needed to cover my bases. And fortunately going through the Career Illuminators process I was able to see that I did have a variety of viable options available to me and I am still practicing law but with that heightened peace of mind now. And I feel so much more in control thanks to BrilliantU and I highly recommend Career Illuminator’s if you’re concerned or you know, you wanna require a little bit more clarity about your options, give them a call, you’ll be glad you did. – Frank
I’ve had a few jobs before and I guess they were okay but really they were just a paycheck and I couldn’t understand how some of my friends actually loved their jobs. Me, I couldn’t wait for Friday and uh, how I dreaded Monday. I always wanted more for myself. I guess I always felt that I was destined for more but I didn’t know what to do or even how to get started. Thankfully I found Career Illuminators and they helped changed my life. They made the whole process completely painless and actually kind of fun. They are an amazing group of people to talk with. They helped me get the clarity on who I am and exactly the career that excites me in using my own unique abilities, yes, I have those. I highly recommend Career Illuminators. They worked for me and I know they’ll work for you too. – Sarah
I really felt stuck. My friends’ careers all seemed to be progressing. Many who get promotions, getting raises and making, more, money. They seemed so much happier than I was. It seemed like I was trading my time for a paycheck and I didn’t really even add any value to the work (inaudible). I thought I was the problem. Now something must have been wrong with me and why didn’t I have a job that I loved going to. I couldn’t stand it any longer and I wanted (more). I wanted to be better. Not knowing what to do, I reached out to Career Illuminators for help. They showed me that I wasn’t crazy (for thinking) that I had the abilities and skills. In fact, they uncovered the skills I had forgotten about or just took for granted that every other person had. They helped me see that it wasn’t me at all. It was the job that wasn’t the right fit for me. I learned so much about myself and what I needed to do in order to be happy. Armed with this new-found information, they supported me and help me find the right career that was in alignment with my unique ability. Thank you BrilliantU, I found my dream career and I feel so much better about myself. – Peter
Tips on finding that perfect Job
So people often ask me for tips. What do you define that great career for you, that great job? And you know what, there’s a — couple things I’d say about that, first is really know yourself, be honest. You know, the last thing you wanna do is go to what you think is gonna be a great job, answer all the questions the right way even though it’s not really you. Then the problem is you get that job and then you have to be not you the whole time. So be honest with yourself, you know what? All progress starts by telling the truth. So know who you are and be able to articulate that to people. (I think) another one is, the job that you’re looking for, really know what the reality of that job is like. People often go after a job based on the fantasy of what it’s like. They don’t know what it’s like every day to do it. So if you wanna be a lawyer or you wanna be a bus driver, whatever it might be talk to people who do it and find out what it’s like every day to do that job, how long the hours are, what the work is like because often we really don’t know what a job’s like until we get into it, so find that out first. The other tip I will give you on finding that perfect job for you is network. You don’t find jobs through recruiters. You don’t find jobs normally through HR, human resource people. You get them through using your network. Look how big your network is, LinkedIn, Facebook, the people you know, through church groups you belong to. Let them know what you’re looking for. Use your network to find the job. And the other one is to do information interviews, get out and talk to people and they’re doing that and they may actually then give you a referral to other people that may be looking for (someone) to do that work. So really just be honest, be yourself, know the reality of the job, use your network, get out there and talk to people. Finding a job is a job, treat it like it is.