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YouMap® Assessment: Your Ultimate Guide to a Successful Career Change

March 7, 2024

YouMap® Assessment: Your Ultimate Guide to a Successful Career Change Embarking on a career change can be both exhilarating and daunting. Whether you’re seeking a new challenge, pursuing a long-held passion, or simply looking for a better fit, the YouMap® Assessment is your compass in navigating this transformative journey. As a certified YouMap® coach, I […]

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YouMap® Assessment: Your Ultimate Guide to a Successful Career Change

Embarking on a career change can be both exhilarating and daunting. Whether you’re seeking a new challenge, pursuing a long-held passion, or simply looking for a better fit, the YouMap® Assessment is your compass in navigating this transformative journey. As a certified YouMap® coach, I often get asked how YouMap® differs from other career and personality assessments out there, so I will dive into it all in this blog.  YouMap® is a game-changer for anyone looking for a change in their career or life because it offers tailored insights to ensure a seamless transition into your second act career. 

Today, we have so much to think about when it comes to work life and home life. We balance so many things each and every day. So when something feels off, that’s when you know it’s time to reassess your current situation.  The YouMap® Assessment is a powerful tool, offering individuals a guide to self-discovery and a roadmap to success. Let’s delve into how the YouMap® Assessment can help you on your journey to figure out what it is that you want to do in work and in life.

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YouMap® Assessment: Your Ultimate Guide To A Successful Career Change


Let’s Talk Transferable Skills:

The YouMap® Assessment doesn’t just highlight your current skills; it identifies your transferable skills that you can take on your next venture. Skills that you can apply across different industries in a seamless way.  For career changers, this is a goldmine. Oftentimes, you may know that you are qualified for a particular job, but it’s all about how you convey your experience that matters. By understanding your unique skill set and experience, you can confidently position yourself for success in a new field. You do this by showcasing how your abilities translate and make you an asset to that company.

The same is true for people who want to leave the corporate work world and make a move into entrepreneurship. You may know that you want to open a business, but you need that boost of confidence to know that your past experience will contribute to running a business. People are often surprised to see all of the ways their skills aide in their growth as an entrepreneur. YouMap® lays this information out clearly for you and gives you that boost to know you are headed in the right direction. If you are confident in your career change, those around you will be too.

Uncovering Hidden Creative Passions:

Career changers often struggle with aligning their professional work with their creative side. You may want to pursue your passions and see if they can lead to a paycheck, but you’re hesitant. I get it! People online make this move look so easy, but is it? This is where the YouMap® Assessment can help. YouMap® digs deep into your interests, shedding light on activities that motivate you. This may uncover possibilities you never thought about. I always advise my clients to make sure they are leaping into a new role they are truly excited about, so they don’t end up miserable again in a new line of work.  Discovering your passions is a crucial step in selecting a new career path that brings you fulfillment when it comes to your creative side. The more you learn about yourself and how you can turn your passions into a profitable business, the quicker you’ll turn this dream into a reality.

Mapping Your Ideal Work Environment:

Transitioning to a new career and launching a business both involve adapting to a new way of working. You may find yourself in a new work culture or going from a business office with a big team to working alone behind a computer solo.  Taking the YouMap® Assessment also takes into account your preferred work environment, helping you identify the conditions that allow you to thrive. Do you prefer working at home to be more productive? Do you enjoy collaborating in an office with co-workers? Knowing what you like and what environment works best for you can help as you move forward with a career transition. Yet another important consideration when evaluating potential career or business options.

Tailoring Your Job Search:

The YouMap® Assessment streamlines the job search process by providing clarity on the roles and industries that align with your personality and your preferences. Once you have the results of your personalized YouMap®, you will know what types of roles to search, which interviews to accept, and even the type of company that may appeal to you. This targeted approach saves time and effort, allowing you to focus on opportunities that are not only a good fit for your skills but also resonate with your values and aspirations. You have it all outlined for you as a reference tool for when you are browsing job sites. I once had a client who submitted an application and accepted an interview, only to look over her YouMap® once more and realize this role was not aligned with her goals. She was then able to politely decline and she saved herself, and that hiring manager, the time and energy.

Building Your Personal Brand:

In this competitive job market, a strong personal brand will always set you apart. One of my favorite aspects of YouMap® is that it aids career changers in crafting a compelling personal brand story, or a career story as I like to call it. It lays it out for you in a cohesive way that is grounded in self-awareness and enhances your appeal to employers. Plus, it gives you a unique summary of what you bring to the table that is always helpful when preparing for a meeting with a new company’s hiring manager or even to potential business investors.

Navigating Potential Challenges:

To be clear, career transitions are definitely not without challenges. By taking the YouMap® Assessment anticipates potential hurdles by identifying your preferred communication style, stress triggers, and areas for growth. Armed with this knowledge, career changers can proactively address challenges, fostering a smoother transition and ensuring long-term success in their new roles.

For ambitious individuals interested in changing careers, launching a business, or pursuing a creative passion full time, taking advantage of what the YouMap® Assessment offers is an indispensable ally. By providing tailored insights into your skills, passions, and work preferences, this tool empowers you to make informed decisions, ensuring a successful transition to a career or a business that aligns with your true self. Embrace the YouMap® Assessment as your guide, and embark on your career change journey with confidence and purpose. If you are interested in learning more, let’s connect.

As a certified YouMap® coach, I take such pride in walking clients through this process and witnessing them emerging on the other side ready to take on their second act in life. Can’t wait to connect with you too!

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