Reinventing your career with design thinking

Written by Caroline Dowd-Higgins. Posted in Featured

Published on October 03, 2018 with No Comments

Has your career path stalled? Maybe you need a shift in your mindset. Professionals around the world have adopted the process of design thinking—a series of steps for generating options, testing strategies, and seeking feedback—to reinvent their careers.

Design thinking was used previously as a tool in product development (focusing on the ender user) but now its scope is expanding into a solution.

to remain n for getting unstuck from any problem—including a career plateau. And it works. We here at the IUAA have seen great results.

Before embarking on your career reinvention, it’s important curious and open to new possibilities, no matter how obscure an idea may seem. This helps in your progression through each step of design thinking.

Empathize— You are the end user when designing your career, so take time to consider what really matters to you. Reflect on your values, interests, and strengths. Identify why you want to engage in a new career opportunity.

Define— Consider what you need to be happy, successful, and empowered in your career. Define these in ways that honor youand not the expectations of others.

Ideate— Brainstorm as many solutions as possible. Wild ideas are encouraged, so don’t limit yourself or be hampered by perceived obstacles.

Prototype— Try things out on a small scale. View these attempts as rough drafts and not fully fleshed out. Consider job shadowing, informational interviews, and volunteering as ways to test drive.

Test— Share your prototyped ideas and results with a trusted source and seek their feedback. Share what worked and didn’t, how the process changed your mindset, and your potential next steps.

Taking a problem or roadblock through the process of design thinking allows you to look at it in a new light and develop solutions. Focusing on the process and working through each step. puts actions behind your ideas, and you will gain something valuable from every iteration—whether good or bad.

You have tremendous power to create the life and career you want to live, and design thinking empowers you to transform.


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About Caroline Dowd-Higgins


All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Caroline Dowd-Higgins authored the book "This Is Not the Career I Ordered" (now in the 2ndedition) and maintains the career reinvention blog of the same name. She is Vice President of Career Coaching and Employer Connections for the Ivy Tech Community Collegesystem and contributes to Huffington PostThrive GlobalEllevate Network,Mediumand The Chronicle newspaper in Indiana.Her online show:Thrive!about career & life empowerment for women is on YouTube. Caroline hosts the award winning podcast, Your Working Lifeon iTunesand SoundCloud. Follow her on FacebookLinkedIn,Google+,and Twitter.

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