A successful IT career change can be a planned process with some predictable outcomes along the way. However, for many people it often turns out to be a very stressful journey into an uncertain and bewildering future. This is especially so when:
- the career change is involuntary.
- there is pressure to find a new role fast.
- beliefs about what may be possible are too limiting.
It doesn’t have to be that way.
I’ve been through two major career changes – one into the IT world in 1986 and another out of it in 2007 – and also coached a handful of IT people around various career obstacles. In my experience, self-coaching is a vital skill set in helping to navigate the uncertainties of an IT career path.
This book describes that skill set and how to use it, in the form of a simple self-coaching model called “just five rules.”
Effective self-coaching is not an isolated approach and the book also recognizes the contributions that mentoring and career counseling services can give to IT professionals on a career transition path.
This Mind map (made using FreePlane) lists the self-coaching exercises within each chapter.