• Susie Aguilar

Frustrating Corporate J-O-B? Key Questions Before Leaping!

Feeling frustrated at your corporate J-O-B? Before you take the leap, you can use these questions to help you get prepared for a more successful transition.

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If you are needing to dive deeper than these initial questions offer, I got you! I know what it’s like to have a vision of where to go and a lack of clarity and direction of HOW to get there.

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Have you been sitting there in your corporate, J O B and you're feeling frustrated and maybe unfulfilled? Today's episode is going to help you get prepared with some key questions that you should be asking yourself. Come on in.

One of the biggest questions that I keep getting asked is "Susie, where do I even start? I'm thinking about transitioning out of the corporate world or into a different career path. And I've got no idea where to even begin looking?" If this sounds like you, then don't fear. I know that it can feel very overwhelming, but we're gonna start off with the basics today. And I'll continue to dive in on this topic going forward. What I want to do before we jump into the show is I want to disclaimer that whether you're transitioning in one area of your career to a potentially new area, or if you're thinking that entrepreneurship is the path that you want to take, I want to remind you and essentially put a disclaimer out there.

So you don't say, "Hey, Susie, you didn't tell me that part. I didn't know that it would be like this." No matter what decision you're facing, it's not going to be easy. You're not going to avoid being afraid or scared. And quite frankly, when we are ready to make a pivot and a transition, we need to come at it with a spirit of dedication and determination to keep moving forward, because we will be hit with hurdles. We will be hit with unknowns, and there's going to be things that you're unsure of along the way. But what I want to encourage you to keep in mind is that if you are resilient and committed, you can do it. You absolutely can do it, but I don't want you to think that when we're starting this new business, Oh my gosh, it's gonna be a piece of cake because I was promised freedom, right?

I'm sure you've heard that just the same way I've heard that. And while that's a great goal to work towards when we're starting something new, we're learning different things. We're having to figure things out that maybe we haven't been aware of before, or we don't know about, and it's gonna be hard and it's gonna be a little bit more time consuming. Then just the normal things that we are already accustomed to in our careers. So I really want to emphasize this here is that if you're on the verge of saying, yes, I am ready to transition from the corporate world and I want to take this leap. I want you to remember that you're going to be met with challenges in that process, but that you are absolutely capable of achieving this success. If you put your heart into it, if you're committed and you keep pushing forward, you can meet these challenges with all the abilities that you can bring to it and make this a reality for yourself.

So if I haven't scared you off yet, because I want to be fully transparent here, and I don't want you to think that starting a new business is a walk in the park or making that big, scary pivot into a promotion or a whole new career field is going to be a piece of cake, because then I wouldn't be honest with you, right? And as you hopefully know, by now, I'm all about being transparent. I'm all about sharing the truth about the challenges that you're going to face along the way. And I'm also going to be your number one fan telling you, you can do this. You just have to have a plan in place. And that's how I help my clients is by helping you develop a strategy, that's going to help you make this dream an actuality. It's going to be something solid and concrete.

Once you understand the roadmap that you need to build, and what are the milestones along the way for you to achieve, to make this happen? It's absolutely possible. You just have to put the right things in place. So again, if I haven't scared you off yet, then it's time to decide, do you want to start a business? So I'm going to do this in a two prong approach here. If you're saying no, you know what, Susie, I think I do like the corporate world, but maybe not where I'm at, or maybe I'm ready for that next level promotion. So you're saying, no, I don't want to start a business. Perfect.

Now let's talk about a few questions that you can ask yourself to prepare yourself for the next level.

First thing is what path do I want to take? So think about what arena are you currently in? Are you looking at going to a promotional opportunity where maybe it's one or two steps above where you're currently at in your career ladder, or are you looking at completely pivoting? And you're like, Hey, I'm in the engineering world, but I want to go and be, you know, completely different career path in the sewer world. I don't know. I'm just going to give you some examples here, but what I want you to really keep in mind is that when we're talking about pivoting to the next level in your current skill sets, then you need to understand what are the minimum requirements that you need for that transition. And the same is true if it's something completely different outside of your current field, maybe you do have experience there, but do you have enough based on that industry? Because every industry is different. Whereas in the business world, it's completely different based on the different types of businesses that are out there.

And so these are some of the questions and the career path that I want you to keep in mind. Also, I want you to think about what kind of experience do you have in either situation here, as far as do I have what it takes to move in a level up from my current position or into that whole new career path. Do I have some of that experience and start writing that out? Because that'll be things that are instrumental in a resume. And then the last thing that I really want you to focus on here, that is something I believe exceptional to have is what I like to call a portfolio, which you'll have samples of your work. So no matter what industry you're in, you have some samples of work that you've done in the past, right? And so what I want you to do is to always maintain, if you can get any electronic copy and email it to yourself, fantastic.

If your employer doesn't allow you to send a personal emails or emails to your personal address, then go ahead and get a flash drive or print a hard copy out worst case scenario. If you can't get it electronically. But what I encourage you to think of here is how can I demonstrate the level and caliber of work that I have to offer if I don't have any samples to show. So by having these pieces in your portfolio, you can demonstrate, Hey, these are the skillsets I can bring to this next level position or into this new career path. And what I refer to those as our transferable skills, because what happens is even though you work on, let's just say, I'm scheduling appointments in one industry. It doesn't mean you can't apply that to a different industry or to a different company, right?

And so those are the things that we really need to have our minds open to and have that available so that when you are finding a position that you want to apply to, you've got some information already prepared and you don't have to scramble trying to figure it out or worst case scenario. If you end up being laid off or something changes in your employment, then you've already got that information in your pocket and you're not stressing about how do I demonstrate my skill sets. So I hope that that's a helpful tip for you guys, because I believe that that's something that we can showcase in no matter what industry that we're in. And it's something that in the business world, as an entrepreneur, we definitely utilize that because clients want to see what you have to offer and how you can help them. So this is one of those ways that I really hope you'll consider getting yourself prepared because just winging it will feel even more difficult.

And so if you have a few key things in play here, then you can start making that pivot a bit more easier. So now back to my original question, do you want to start a business? Now we're going to meander to those of you who said, yes, Susie, I am ready to follow that inkling, that passion that I've had to start this business. And I just have no idea what to do. All right. You're not alone. I think we all go through this, especially if we've had this idea in our mind that we want to start a business, but we have no idea what skills we can bring to that business. Maybe we don't even know what kind of business. So let's dive into these questions.

The first question is, what kind of business are you thinking? Maybe you don't have an idea yet. And that's okay because again, I think we all start there. Here's a couple of things for you to keep in mind. Do you have a skillset in the corporate world that you could use in your business? So is there something that you've been doing in the corporate setting that, Hey, you can utilize that as a consultant and do that for a variety of organizations just like yours, but they hire you on a consultant basis. That's one option, right? What are those skill sets? So make an inventory list of this. Another question I have been asked that I really think is a great way to think about this because we don't always see our strengths and our skillsets in ourselves. So we need outsiders to help us with this. And that question is, have you been told multiple times by different people that you are really good at a certain skill?

So I'll use myself. For example, I get people in my close knit group of friends and colleagues and business owners who will say, I need you to look at this cause you gotta, eye for editing, like you catch all the typos, you catch all these things. And so that's definitely a strength that I never really thought of, but I've been told that multiple times. So what are the things, you know, is it maybe you're really good with money? Maybe you're really good with speaking. Maybe you're really good with writing. What are those skills that other people have told you that you're really good at? And then start to think a little bit deeper on that. The next question is, is there something new that you want to learn and develop to create a business? Maybe you're like, you know what, I really don't have a business idea, but I love to crochet or I love, you know, to create budgets for people. Fantastic. If that's something that you enjoy, but maybe you don't have the skillset or you're limited on your skillset. Then this is a great opportunity to write out what your vision is. And then maybe you go take a quick books course, or you take a budgeting class, you know, and you can start to find different tools and resources to help you in scaling your skill sets. And then applying that to this new business.

Then the last question here for you to consider is what are your talents skills and the things that you're good at, and really what things do you enjoy about the work that you currently do? I'm hoping you can find at least one thing and that your corporate job isn't that terrible for you, but I'm hoping that there are a couple things that you can find that you actually enjoy about the work. And maybe it's, you know, communicating with people, maybe it's setting up meetings, maybe it's writing procedures, maybe it's budgeting. You know, there's all these potential areas where we can become a consultant and we can do our business in that arena. You just have to really dig deep on your own skillsets here. And quite frankly, if you're going to design your own business, why not do something that you absolutely love and that you enjoy.

And when you're like, Oh, time to wake up for work, you're excited and you're not like, Oh, I got to drag myself out of bed. Can I make an excuse for calling in sick today? You know, and if you're feeling that way, then don't do those things. Don't create a business around the things that you dread. Maybe it's just the environment you're in that you don't like. So working for yourself would obviously eliminate that challenge. But if it comes to what are the things that you enjoy? Let's just focus on that as a starting point. And then you can dig deeper on that. And quite frankly, that's what I am so passionate about helping you with in this process is being able to dive in deeper to understand what your passions are. I even do disc assessments, where we can understand a lot of the different things that light you up the areas where you may struggle a little bit and then SWOT analysis.

If you've ever heard of that, it's a great way to understand some of the things that will help you in deciding what type of business you should definitely approach on which ones you may want to steer clear of. So now that we have a general idea of what kind of business you think that your skills can be utilized in. Now we get to start thinking about your client, right? Like what type of person am I serving here? So I have two questions for you to consider. One is what is the problem that you are solving? Let's just go back to the budgeting example. If I'm terrible with money, I need someone that's an expert at handling money or telling me recommendations on how to handle my money so that I don't feel overwhelmed by it. So you can come in as the expert and say, I can solve that for you, by giving you a template where you can just fill in the data and add in your numbers, or I can do that service for you. Maybe you're an accountant and you can be an accountant for small businesses.

Fantastic. But what is that? The problem that you are solving for your ideal client? And then the next question I want you to think about is how are you helping your future clients? Because we get stuck in the present time, which is important, but we also want to think going forward, what are the things that my future client is going to need? And again, going back to that, solving their problem for them, we want to be able to help them in the process. And just a little tip here from my experience and plenty of other of my mentors that I've gotten great advice from is that as you start to discover who your ideal client is, number one, just niche down, really dig deep into who that client is, what are their struggles? What are their needs? What are the areas that they need help with? And then once you get to that point, the next thing that I want you to do is to continue to add value.

And that looks different for everyone, but maybe you can share little nuggets here and there of what makes a successful budget. Let's say, cause we were talking about budgeting. What makes a successful budget? What are the challenges that you see your ideal clients struggling with and what are some simple solutions that you can offer? Because then as you start to share this knowledge for free, they start to trust you. And then when they trust you and you say, Hey, I've got this service that I offer. Would you like me to help you? Then they're much more open to the idea because they've already been learning from you and they've already been, um, exposed to the information you have to offer your style. And so that really will help gain that traction for you and your clients. So just want to share those little nuggets then, as I was sharing in the beginning about your career path, if you said that you're just wanting to stay there, but you want to move up to the next level.

I shared about having some samples of your work and some sort of a portfolio where you maintain all these samples. And what I really want you to keep in mind is that while you're in your current role, you should be saving your samples of your work all the time that you can continue to add to and build your portfolio going forward while you're navigating this process and preparing to leave the corporate world. So just have that in your back pocket, ready to go. So I hope that these tips have been helpful for you, that these questions help you dig deeper and start to think about, okay, how do I get myself ready for this transition? Because it is a big transition. It's not simple, even though there's all these fancy photos and big statements about, Ooh, just leave the corporate world. And it's a piece of cake.

It's not, let's be honest and realistic here because you want to have true expectations. You don't want to jump in, be overwhelmed and then bail out on this business you just started. We want you to be successful. And so in order for you to be successful, let's talk about these basic needs you for yourself in your business. And as usual, you know, I love to end the show with a quote. And I actually realized that last week, I somehow completely forgot to share my quotes, but that's okay. I'm getting back into the swing of things here. Today's quote is by Peter F Drucker and Peter says:

"In every success story, you will find someone who has made a courageous decision."

If you're on the brink of leaving the corporate world, I know that it takes a lot of courage to make this decision. I know it's not simple.

I know you've got a lot going on in your mind and it can feel extremely scary. You're not alone in that because I believe that every one of us has ever gone through that. Or unfortunately, maybe they got laid off right? With everything in this pandemic, that's created chaos. A lot of people have lost their jobs. They didn't have a plan in place more than likely, but these are things that you can get yourself prepared for success. And this is just scratching the surface level. This is just starting to get your mind into the details of how you can make this a successful transition for yourself. If you need to go deeper because you're like, this sounds great. I love this. I want to map it out. I want to get a strategy in place. Cause I want to plan in the next three to six months.

Fantastic. I'm happy that you've arrived to that point and that you are clear in your decision making process. Now let's book a strategy session together so that we can go through this and help you in designing that roadmap. That's where I specialize in is you want to talk strategy and goals and I nerd out on you. I'm just being fully transparent here because you know, that's what I enjoy is to break it down, get those big lofty goals that we have. And then we start breaking it into tangible milestones. And as I always call them baby steps to help you get there. So I'm going to drop my link in the show notes. You can go in there, ask for my coaching menu, or we can even just have a conversation in my DMS, if you have questions. And then once you have your questions answered, we'll book your session for September and you will be on your way to developing a plan to exit your corporate J O B, that's driving you crazy or that you're just ready for something new.

Cause sometimes we just want to try something different and why not? Right? Because we are ambitious women who are absolutely capable of making these successful transitions. I'm excited that you're here. If you're new, thank you for tuning in. I hope that you'll check out some of the previous episodes. I have some on goal setting as well. If that interests you and then come and hang out in my Facebook group, it's the she embraces FEAR movement. And in there we talk all sorts of things, not just related to business and career, but we talk about planning and we talk about all sorts of different, fun things in there. So come on in, hang out with us, extend this conversation because I know it's one way conversation right now. You just listening to me, but we can continue the conversation. You can get to know me a little bit deeper and we can have a great time in the group. So come on in and hang out. I'll drop that in the show notes. I appreciate you being here. I'm your host, Susie Q signing off. See you on the next one.

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