If you’re thinking about career change strategies, the best place to probably start is Switchers: How Smart Professionals Change Careers and Seize Success by Dawn Graham discussed over on the suggested reading page. However, in the meantime here’s a useful new article that might provide some inspiration for designing what the author Pat Pattison describes in his new book Creative YOU Turn: 9 Steps to Your New Creative Life and Career as a “montage career”.
In 2001, I found myself at a fork in the road. I’d just been fired from my job as head of licensing for a toy company and, after previous work doing marketing in the TV industry, I hadn’t decided which field I wanted to get back into.
So, I visited a studio merchandising associate to see if he could use my help. He wanted me but couldn’t afford the salary I needed. I hit upon the idea of working with his company part-time, allowing me to do my own thing and design my next entrepreneurial business or project with the time I wasn’t on the clock with him. The beginning of my own “montage career” was born. Read the full article on Next Avenue.