5 Steps to Choosing a New Career (or Business) That You’ll Love

Tiana Clewis: Hey Dreamers and welcome back to my channel where we break down all things money so we can stop being an obstacle and start being what it is: a tool to help you build a life that you truly find worth living. 

Now, today I want to help out all my dreamers out there who are currently working in jobs or careers that either... 1. They hate, that 2. Don't pay them enough money, or 3. That just make them feel blah. It's time to actually be free of those careers and find something that you really, genuinely, truly want to do. 

In my last video, we had a conversation about the way that the coronavirus has made many of us open our eyes about our career situations. You see, when you have 33 million people who are now unemployed in a mere two months because of the pandemic, it makes it very abundantly, obviously clear that the job security that many of us thought we had it's not real. It's kind of an illusion. 

And so my thought process and the thought process that I actually have seen based on conversations and YouTube searches and just what other people are putting out there, is that if you're going to find yourself in a position where you're working a job, working a career that doesn't even have real job security, the least you can do is not be miserable in that job or career. Right? Seems like a reasonable assumption to me. 

In light of that thought process, I figured it would be a really good idea to show you the process that I use to help my clients figure out what career do they want to go into, what job do they want to do, or even what business they want to start when it's time for them to make a career transition.

Now mind you, this is not one of those "follow your passions" type of videos because the reality is that for many of us, following our passions doesn't necessarily equal a lot of money or being able to financially hit our goals... at least not very easily. So if you want to make a lot of money, but you have a passion for teaching at risk youth in public schools, well, you're probably going to have to give up one because I haven't quite figured out how to reconcile those two things. You're either going to take the not-so-pleasant pay that comes with teaching youth in public school systems, or you're going to make a decision that I'm going to go to charter schools instead, which typically pay more money, or you're just going to completely scrap that dream at all.

So this is not a "follow your passion" video. So if that's what you're looking for, this ain't the right one for you, Boo. 

What we are talking about though, is a systematic way to focus all of your awesomeness towards a career, towards a business, towards a job that is going to make you excited to work instead of, you know, dreading it. I literally watched a video today where someone said, "Nobody likes working" and I'm like, "Why does it have to be that way?"

And on top of that, if I can find a job, not only that I like to work, but that also pays me more money, well, yeah, that's exactly what I want to do. So this is the step-by-step system that I use, the simple straightforward, but they can be really intense questions, that I ask to help my clients figure out where they want to go so that they're no longer working jobs that they dread, but are actually doing something that they find fulfilling and financially profitable. 

Before we start diving into these steps and these questions, I figure I should introduce myself to the newbies on the channel who are wondering "Who is this chick and why should I I listen?" My name is Tiana B. Clewis and I'm a Financial Lifestyle Coach, which means I've dedicated my life to helping people escape the nine to five grind, cause you know, it doesn't have to be a grind, and use money strategically as a tool to build a life that they've truly. Really seriously find worth living. Because ultimately when you're working your job and you're working your business, the whole point is to make money so that you can live a life that you want to live, which is why it's become a key part in the discussion that I have with my clients each and every day.

Now, if this is a sort of thing that catches your attention, is exactly what you need in your life, let me know by liking this video and subscribing to my channel. Make sure you hit the bell so that you're notified every time I drop new money tips and business strategies every Wednesday and Saturday.

Okay? Now let's get to that step-by-step super straightforward system. 

The first thing that we need to do to point you in the direction of the right career or business for you is going to require a series of brain dumps. There's four of them to be exact. I want you to write down lists of four very specific things.

The first thing is I want you to write down a list of all of the jobs or the positions that you've had in the past. These could be paid positions, these can be volunteer positions, and this even includes things that you might do and don't think anything about. Like a lot of people leave the work that they do at their church off of their resume. Well, right now, I want you to include that on your list. So all the jobs, all the positions, all the volunteer work, all the church ministry stuff that you've done, I want you to make a list of all of those jobs. 

The second list that I want you to make is a list of things that you're good at. Whenever you are trying to accomplish something, what are the things that you Excel at? What are the things that you're known for? What are the things that your people, your friends, your family, your loved ones, even the enemies who don't really want to give you props, but have to give you props cause you're so good at it, what do they say you're good at? I want you to make a list of those things as well.

One of my gifts is writing, which is funny considering I'm YouTubing instead of blogging, but hey, I like being in front of the camera. 

The third thing is I want you to make a list of the things that you can talk about all day. If you've been following me for a while, you know that I tend to try to make my videos like 15 to 20 minutes and I fail pretty much every time because I can talk about money and I can talk about business all day. Well, what are the things that you can talk about all day? Those you gotta make a list of. Those things matter. 

The fourth thing I want you to make a list of are all of the things that you have always wanted to do or have always wanted to try, but maybe you never did, or maybe you just never really took the time to dive into them to see if it was something that could pan out. Well make a list of those things as well. 

Have you ever wanted to volunteer with a firefighter group? Have you ever wanted to volunteer in counseling? Have you ever wanted to, I don't know try your hand at helping raise farm animals. Don't know, whatever it is that you've been interested in that you've wanted to try, that you've wanted to check out, well, I want you to make a list of that thing too. Okay? 

So four different lists: jobs that you've had including volunteer ones, things that you're good at and known for, things you can talk about all day, and things that you've always wanted to check out and to try. You want to do those four brain dumps.

Do not judge anything that you put on those lists. It can be as crazy, as insane, as asinine, as flat out stupid as you want it to be. Just put it down on the list. It's a brain dump. Okay.?Trust me. Do it. 

Now that you have your list in front of you, it's time to get to studying. We want to see if we can find any commonalities between the things that we've dumped on these lists. So can you find any treat- any trends? Can you find anything that's kind of a thread that's running through a lot of these different jobs, a lot of these different skills, a lot of these different positions? Or are there things they can kind of relate that maybe you can mash up in the future? 

So I want you to look at things like, do you see similar types of tasks and skills that are being leveraged? So are you always working with your hands or are you often working with computers? Are you crunching numbers or you working with words? Are you creating new things from scratch or are you fixing things that already exist and are broken? Are they administrative tasks? What are they? What type of skills and talents can you see running as a consistent thread through these things that you've listed and that you're interested in?

Or maybe there's industries that they have in common. Maybe everything seems to revolve around food in some way so that would be the culinary industry. Maybe it is about health and wellness or fitness, so the healthcare industry. Maybe you find, um, lots of threads around fashion because there's a lot of dressing people shopping. I don't know. But can you find any industry related themes running through the things that you see or the things that interest you? 

Or what if there's a common audience that you're serving. Are you constantly working with kids? Are- is it young kids? Are you often with teenagers? What about, are you often with single moms? Are you often dealing with abuse victims? Are you dealing with people who are the financial elite? Do you enjoy working with the underprivileged? Are there themes that you see in the people that you're serving? That's another common thread that you want to pull out when you're looking at these four brain dumps.

Or maybe there's a subject that's being addressed over and over again. So finances, I'm constantly talking about finances. I'm constantly talking about business, and when I really think about it, that's a common thread in a lot of conversations I would have with people. Or maybe you are often having conversations with people about how to deal with their kids. Maybe you're oft- often having conversations with how to deal with their relationships and marriage. Is there a subject matter that seems to run as a theme through the different things that you've done, that you're curious about, that you've, um, that people say that you're good at? 

What are the things that you find? What are the commonalities? 

As you begin to find the commonalities between the things that you've done, the things that you're good at and the things you're interested in, that's when you can start taking these different areas and mashing them together. 

Let's say for example, that you are often doing things around ministry. You can talk about God all day, every day, and you seem to have this knack for working with kids that pops up often. Well, maybe your calling is in some sort of youth ministry related business or career. 

Or what if you like working with your hands? You like doing arts and crafts, and you also have this love for decorating things, and you also realize you're kind of obsessed with weddings. Well, maybe the business you need to start revolves around creating beautiful decorations for weddings. 

Look at the things that interest you that you like, and see if there's ways that you can start to creatively mash those things together because you're good at them, you like them, you enjoy them, and that's a common theme. If you're going to find a career, a business that you actually love doing, we want to find that common thread, leverage that, and embed that into whatever business or career that we pursue. This is a major key. 

It also does something that a lot of people overlook. One problem that I typically have with my clients when we're trying to make a career transition is that they know that what they're doing right now doesn't fit, but every time they're looking for something new, they stick with what they already know. They will stop at that list of jobs that they have, and they'll only look at the paid jobs and they'll try to figure out what to do based purely on those paid jobs. 

They're not looking at volunteer positions. They're not looking at things that they enjoy. They're not looking at things they can talk about all day and finding those themes so that they can intro- introduce what they love and merge it, what, what skills and talents they already have.

So this is a great way, by creating those four brain dumps and finding the common themes inside of them, it's a great way to start to think outside of the box and to pursue careers that maybe have nothing to do with your actual professional background, but it's going to be perfect, ideal and key for you in the future for having a long term business or career that you really want to continue to do every single day.

Now it's time to move on to step three. That's one where we have to use our imagination a little bit. We're not doing brain dumps of the things that we've done are things that we want to do, are interested in doing. We're actually going to take some time and to imagine in the future. 

So you're working your dream career, you're working your dream job. I want you to imagine what are some aspects of that dream career, dream job that you want to definitely have in there. 

And I know this can be a really tough step because you're like, "Tiana, I'm trying to figure out what I want to do." And yes, that's true. However, when you're trying to figure out what you want your dream career to be, there are certain elements that are just going to pop in your head as you start envisioning your future.

So for example, do you want to travel or do you want to stay home? And if you want to travel, are you going around the world? Are you kind of just staying that the country? Is it just regional travel? What kind of travel  are you doing, if at all? 

What do you wear to work? So are you wearing sweat pants because you're working from home? Are you wearing stiletto heels and a pantsuit or are you, like, in a swimsuit with some cargo shorts because your job has something to do with the beach? 

Are you working indoors or outdoors? Are you working in an office or again, working at home? What are some elements of this life? Are you Youtubing? Are you podcasting? Is there radio hosting involved? 

Are you public speaking or not? Are there books and book tours involved? Do we want to do TV interviews and be in front of the crowds and be in front of tons of people or do you want to be in the back helping someone else get in front of the crowds and getting front of the TV interviews?

Do you want to work with your hands or do you want to work with the computer? Do you want to work face0to-face with people often or you know, you kind of like your space. You're okay with just working in a quiet space without a bunch of people around. 

These are all different things that you're thinking about when you're imagining your dream career.

Are you working with building things from scratch or are you taking something that was broken and making it better? All of these things matter. 

Are you going to happy hours? Are you going to fancy dinners? Are there going to be parties involved or is it just real quiet and low key? All of these things matter, and I want you to take the time and just start to ask yourself these questions. What are these elements that are included? What's excluded? What do I want? What do I not want? 

Because the truth is you can make a decision that, you know what? I'm going to take these different skills and talents. I have mashed them up in a career but they lead you to a career that's not quite what you want. Because if you're the type of person who wants to be in the background, but you choose a career that requires you to be on stage doing public speaking, well, it's not going to mesh up and you're not going to really have that true love and joy for your career that you want. 

So this is going to be super duper key.

In fact, it was key for me when I started my business. So one of the things that I love to do is I've always loved public speaking. When I first started my career back in Ernst and Young, I actually joined Toastmasters and it taught me how to get super comfortable in front of a crowd, and I even took, beyond Toastmasters, I even took some public speaking courses that was hosted by an expert by my company, and he said, "You know what, Tiana? You are made for crowds of like 500 people. You don't want to talk to that small, tiny, intimate group. You want the big crowds. That's totally your presentation style." 

It totally fit for me. So a career that allows me to be standing on a stage, speaking in front of hundreds of people is so in line what I love to do. And the times I've had the opportunity to do so, let's just say your girl kinda shined. I'm just saying. 

But I want to know what some of those things are for you. So drop it in the comments: What elements of your dream career do you see? What is it that you definitely need in your dream career? I want to know, drop it in the comments. 

All right? So we have our brain dumps. We have our common themes of talents and skills and things we'd like to do. We also have some key elements that we want built into the career that we want to have or the business that we want to start, launch or revamp.

Now it's time for you to do some good old research. You got to hop on your computer and we got to do some research because the first couple of ideas that you might have come up with of career possibilities based on all that stuff, that's probably not the only thing out there. There are some insane jobs that exist. 

In fact, there was a show I used to watch by someone, uh, Mike Rowe, who used the, what was it? Tough jobs or something like that. But it was like all these crazy jobs that I had never even thought about the fact that they existed. So there are tons of positions out there that you're not thinking about that are probably not going to come up in your mind.

So I want you to do some research and there's some really cool places that will help you find these different opportunities. 

So one thing I want you to do is I want you to go and do, look at some of those websites that have job postings. So like indeed or a LinkedIn, a ZipRecruiter, a GlassDoor. Type in key words around your common themes, around things that you want to do, because it'll start pulling up things based on different job descriptions. You can start reading through those job descriptions and it'll give you ideas of different careers out there that exist. 

And just make a list on the side. So, "Oh, this is a really cool idea." So you're going to write it down. You might even write some notes about the characteristics so that you can go back and do some more research on it later.

But job postings, those sites is a great, great resource for helping you get ideas on different types of careers and job positions that are out there that meet some of the criteria that you've written on your list. 

Another thing you can do is, if you are specifically looking to start a business or kind of revamp your business - something that I have recommended in the past to my clients is to go on freelancing sites. So like a fiverr.com, Upwork, freelancer. Those sites are really good places to get good ideas because if you actually start to type in some of those things - so, let's say for example, that you really like creating graphics. Well, type in graphics creation and you'll see all these different ideas pop up of ways that you can use your graphics creation skills because maybe you want to create logos or maybe you want to create social media graphics, or maybe you want to create posters. Whatever you want to create. There are tons of different options out there, things that you can focus on, different business ideas out there. 

So just type in some of those keywords and see some of the different types of gigs that exist and that'll help you figure out, "Huh, maybe I want to start a business around this particular area." So that's a great source there, going to those freelancing websites, especially if you want to start your own business.

Another thing, of course, is just Google and YouTube searches. There are articles, there are blog posts, there are videos out there talking about all different types of careers, all different types of jobs. You might find certification programs. You might find different, um, agencies or, um, professional organizations. You might find different testing groups. Like there are tons of resources out there with so many different types of jobs. 

So I want you do Google searches, YouTube searches, and look for whatever it is you found that is your common thread, type those in and you will be amazed at the sheer amount of information that you can find.

Yes, I know, it can be a little bit of pain in the butt and yes, it means that this process - going to these job posting sites, doing these Google searches, looking at these freelance websites - yeah, it's going to take some time, but it's worth it. Because if you take a few hours to do research and you're able to come up with a list of 10 different jobs, 10 different potential careers, 10 different potential businesses that meet criteria, that are going to help you create a job you actually want to do, help you create a career you actually want to be in, well, I think it's worth it. Don't you? 

All right, so now we're down to the last step, figuring out what you want to pursue. Now remember, I told you guys, go ahead and create the list. Maybe write down some different descriptions. You're going to dive a little deeper into the list that you've made. So let's say you have five or ten different potential positions or businesses that you have on your list, you're going to do some more research and you're going to figure out. One, what does it entail? Really, what does it entail and then how do you get started because those things matter. 

Look, I could have two clients that everything is the same in steps one through four, but because there are different nuances in their lives, what is the best fit for them and their life could be totally different. You're - your decision making when you are a mom of three kids is totally different, if you're a married woman with no kids, and especially different if you're a single woman who's biological clock is ticking. Your decisions are going to be different based on what you want for your future, what your family needs from you at that point in time. 

You could just be a woman who's taking care of her parents and needs to be available for them. That's going to impact the choices that you make. So it's really important that you take the time to do the research, dig a little deeper into those to see what those positions are really going to entail. Is that going to fit your life? Um, how long is it going to take to get involved in it? 

So here are some things that you will want to consider as you're doing your research and you're trying to figure out which one is the best one for you.

Things like, are there any certifications required or educational requirements that are expected? Um, if there's any equipment, so maybe you're starting a business and you're working with creating stuff or building stuff or fixing stuff, is there equipment involved and how much is that going to cost? Are there any, uh, licensing requirements or insurance requirements by the state?

Um, how many years does it typically take to break into the industry? Or how many years does it typically take to, you know, get into the black once you launched the business? Would you need to quit your current job and do it now? Or would you be able to build that up for a while and then make that switch when you're in a more secure place? Those are all different types of questions that you want to dive into. 

Now, I can't give you any hard and fast rules because again, this is super duper unique to you, but I want you to just go through all the information, gather as much as you can. Reflect on your life. Reflect on what your family needs, and then do your best to make the best decision that you possibly can based on the information that you have at the time.

And then once you have it and you know what you need to be doing to get started, take action. All of this becomes completely pointless if you never take action.

So go do the things. Start the transition. Start building the business. Start getting into that career. Do what you gotta do, Sis, because now is really your opportunity to take advantage and start moving into a job, a career, a business that you absolutely, truly adore.

And there you have it, the five steps that can be a little lengthy, but they're totally valuable - five steps that I walk my clients through when they want to make a career transition. It requires a bit of a time commitment, but it's worth it because when you're no longer spinning 40, 50, 60 hours a week in a job that makes you miserable or doesn't pay you enough, and you get to a place where you're working those same hours in something you love doing. Huh? That is a lifetime of value because of a few hours that you spent getting to know yourself and doing some research. 

Now before you run off to start doing that brain dump, I need to ask you for a favor. In order to create a better experience for you, uh, for my podcasters, for my coaching clients, I've been- I've put together a short survey so that I can learn more about how I can better serve you.

The survey only has 10 questions, and if we're going to be real, two of those is what's your name and what's your email? So it's going to be super duper easy for you to fill out. All you have to do is go to tianabclewis.com/research and you can get to helping me help you better. 

But I also value your time, so... come on, you know me, you're going to get something out of this. Everyone who completes the survey is going to be entered into an opportunity to win a $50 Amazon gift card. I'm going to be right here on my YouTube channel live on Wednesday, May 20th at 1:00 PM Central Standard Time - I'm a Texas girl, we central time - we're going to be here live raffling off the $50 gift card and we're going to see. 

So, if you fill out the survey, you have a chance to win this gift card, which means you can get some of your shopping bug out because I know you've been shopping in this shelter in place. I know it. I have been too. I'm not judging you. But here's $50 towards your coronavirus shopping habit or to help you build your business or to help you start making that transition into the new career. So I got you Sis. I got you. 

Now that you know how to identify a career that you're absolutely going to love and a way that you can get a $50 Amazon gift card from me by going to tianabclewis.com/research and filling out that short survey, I also want to get connected on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter with the handle tianabclewis or on Facebook under selahfinancialcoaching. 

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Finally, if you're looking for more information that's going to help you make that transition, transition your career or just your life in general so that you can come out of the coronavirus craziness in a better position than you were when you went into it, I have two videos right here that are definitely going to help you make that happen, so you get to watching the videos and I will see you next week. 

Bye, bye.


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