Just Five Rules: Self-Coached IT Career Change

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"It's full of insightful techniques that can apply to people in any profession." - Karalyn Brown, Founder of interviewIQ.com.au
About the Author
Mark McClure

Hello! My name’s Mark McClure. I was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and relocated to Tokyo, Japan in 1994.

Two career changes, twenty years apart have included time spent as a science teacher, IT specialist (Cisco CCIE), career change coach and freelance writer.

My second career change began in 2007 with a move from corporate IT into solopreneurship – also known as ‘working for yourself.’

There are several hundred posts on markmccluretoday.com that document what I was doing between 2007 and 2014. (That blog now focuses more on writing fiction – another ‘creative offshoot I am cultivating.)

My interest in writing as a freelance career path has grown stronger since 2007. In addition to authoring marketing collateral for technology companies (see samuraiwriter.com/blog for the story), I also write about career transition, self-help and personal growth.

The seeds for this book (Just Five Rules: Self-Coached IT Career Change) were first sown in 2004 when I trained as a life/career coach with the International Coach Academy. Although I no longer offer 1:1 coaching services, I know from experience how effective self-coaching can be.

Is this a book just for geeks? Well, no. It's aimed at IT professionals because I was one of them and feel qualified to write with some authority and experience on career change to, from and even within that industry. Nonetheless, I think the content is also relevant to anyone wanting to know more about a self-coached career change.

'Living Your Best Life' is a short ebook on how to get started (and keep going) on the stuff you really want to do.

Just Five Rules: Self-Coached IT Career Change
This book is for Information Technology (IT) professionals who are are planning to change careers. Readers planning a career transition inside the world of IT may also find the self-coaching model helpful.
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About the Book

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.

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Genre: Career Change
Tags: Career Change, Self-help
Publication Year: 2016
ASIN: B01DS47B6U
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