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My latest Memphis Daily News column is out, “Reinventing Your Career.” In it, I discuss where to begin when you’re starting over.

The desire to want to change careers is a common experience. Turning that desire into reality is a different story. Navigating dramatic shifts in one’s career can be both complex and confusing. The frustration causes many people to drop the idea altogether.

Often, one’s first instinct is to go back to school. It’s important to be 100 percent certain about your choice before making such a life-changing decision. Additional advanced degrees cost both a significant amount of time and money. The last thing you want is to spend years in school, only to find out you picked the wrong path. Remember that many people don’t work in the field they studied in school. This may be an option to consider, depending on the career you select.

The first step is to know yourself. Take inventory of all your skills and interests. Make a list of what you’ve learned at previous jobs and in school. Then, list your hobbies. Include volunteer work you do and projects you work on for fun. And don’t forget any side work you may do for extra money. Chances are, you have skills and interests that cross over multiple industries and branch into new ones.

To learn all the steps to reinventing yourself and your career, read my entire Memphis Daily News column here.

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