In this episode, I am joined by Anita Toth who traded her career as a university researcher for a career of self-employment. After completing both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, Anita took on a job at the university. After 16 years, the role was made redundant and Anita needed an alternative. In this show, Anita shares how she applied for over 20 jobs before starting on her own. She shares how she used the skills - especially those she had developed by running several side hustles - to start her new career, the challenges she faced, and ultimately, how she found her niche.
- Never underestimate the power of having a mentor and building a long-term relationship with that mentor
- Good written and verbal communication skills are invaluable and will serve you well in whichever direction your career takes you
- Project management skills are a fantastic value-add to your transferable skills. Even if you are not a project manager
- When make making career choices and decisions, be clear on what you are looking for. Understand what makes you happy
- Side hustles are an excellent, low-risk way of building new skills and knowledge as well as testing business and career ideas
- Spending time with people and developing relationships is extremely important - find your community!
- Focus on growing your network, not by asking what people can do for you, but what you can do for them
- Identifying and understanding your core values will help guide you and help you make tough decisions
- Find your niche - something that you are good at, something you enjoy, and something that others will pay you for
- Use a coach to help you develop skills that you may be struggling with
Anita spoke about several resources:
Anita recommends reading Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr Seuss.
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