Career Change Fast

Are You Ready For a Career Change? Discover How To Make a Successful Career Change With The Ultimate Career Personality Test.

From : Martin Gibbons

Dear Friend,
If you are interested in learning everything there is to know about making a successful career change y, then this is going to be the most important information you’ll ever read…

You will experience a significant breakthrough in career development and save yourself years of frustration.

If you have tried to make a career change and find yourself hitting a brick wall, then you need to know it’s not your fault.

I discovered some time ago that it’s not enough to be able to do the job, you have to know how to convince employers and agencies, you can do the job.

If you are trying to change careers, even slightly, then you need to know that the system is against you.

And if you think more qualifications will do the trick – think again.

At age 14 I had pretty much committed myself to a career as a scientist. I didn’t know it at the time, of course, none of us does.

Those decisions I made when I was thirteen years old, pretty much determined my career path for the next twenty years and that’s how long it took me to make the change.

I got lucky and finally discovered a meaningful career with PeopleMaps. I believe what I do matters. I believe in some small way I get to make a difference.

Over the last ten years, I have studied the recruitment industry. I have worked with employers and agencies. I am asked to speak at recruitment events and I design recruitment systems for employers.

I have made a few breakthrough discoveries, without which you are unlikely to make a successful career change.

I also believe that you should enjoy your work. I believe that your work should be meaningful and rewarding. This is not a luxury, it is something you should insist upon.

This is why I have dedicated so much time to writing courses and eBooks on career development. My main business is PeopleMaps Applications but I am passionate about helping other people get out of the wrong job and into the right one.

My latest thoughts are condensed into this powerful publication; The Career Change Personality eBook.

What’s the first and most crucial step to take when changing career?

Having worked with thousands of job seekers and helped employers with their recruitment I can, without doubt, tell you that the first and most crucial step you need to take when considering a career change is;

Discover what you were simply born to do.

Believe me when I tell you that your CV, your qualifications and your previous work experience have little or nothing to do with discovering what you should be doing with your life. To discover that you have to discover your real personality.

Discover who you really are and what you were simply born to do.

This is why every bit of this personality eBook is written specifically about you and your personality type, and if you want to read this ebook in a digital form, you can use a software like Sodapdf which is perfect for this.

It is also packed full with the latest cutting edge information on career change and it took over 1 year to research, gather the data and compile it.

It is specific to your personality, based on the answers you provide in the personality questionnaire. This is not a generic eBook.

Here’s what you’ll discover in Your Career Change Personality eBook:

  • Discover what you were simply born to do
  • The No1 secret to making work-related stress a thing of the past
  • Discover what your ideal work environment looks like
  • You will learn what has prevented you from making a career change to date
  • The single most important ingredient to sustainable career success
  • The dangers to avoid when making a career change
  • How to motivate yourself to make the change really happen.
  • Discover your natural hidden strengths
  • How to get interviews when you are changing careers (TIP : The traditional approach doesn’t work)
  • Your 3 strongest assets you have to get across in interviews
  • How to handle interview questions effectively
  • Your communication style
  • How to overcome interview nerves with these 3 simple techniques…
  • 3 little known, yet simple ways to convert interviews into job offers…
  • 3 proven steps to have interviewers hang on your every word….
  • 2 simple secrets (that are right in front of your eyes) to get more interviews (for better jobs)…

It’s not your fault

I have studied the psychology of why some jobs work out for some and others don’t. And you know what? It’s not your fault.

It’s not your fault that you maybe don’t get on with your boss.

It’s not your fault that the job stresses you out or perhaps bores you.

It’s not your fault that you do not get the sense of satisfaction, meaning and purpose from your work any more.

The reason it’s not your fault is because it’s a personality thing. I’m not saying we should blame someone else but you have to simply accept that it’s no longer a work environment that is suiting you and that’s enough.

There’s stuff that nobody is telling you that you absolutely need to know

If you have already been trying to make a career change then you will know just how difficult it is.

Have a read at the 1,500 + comments left on my blog and you will find dozens of people with similar frustrations.

There is stuff you need to know about that the industry is keeping to itself. Partly because it’s illegal to admit it and partially because it’s a disgrace an no one wants to admit it.

In your Career Change Personality eBook, I will happily spill the beans and tell you what you need to know.

Is it possible to change careers?

In a word “Yes”, however you need to know-how. There are many people who successfully make a career change, however the majority of people find themselves frustrated with the experience and end up doing a similar job.

The reason for this is that you need to know exactly what it is you want to do and you need to know why. The Career Change Personality eBook will show you exactly how to achieve this.

What about my CV? What if I want to do something different with my life?

CV based recruitment is designed to keep you in the same job. If you are only using the old fashioned approach to job hunting and completely depending on your CV then you will find it very difficult to change careers.

In the Career Change Personality eBook I will show you an alternative to CV based recruitment and provide you with a stack of ideas on how to get considered for jobs that have never appeared on your CV.

How will I know I am making the right career choice?

The single most important rule is this;

Your work environment must be in harmony with your core personality, if you are to enjoy sustainable career success.

Your Career Change Personality eBook will explain in detail exactly what your ideal work environment is, so that you will know if you are making the right career choice.

So what is a career personality test?

A career personality test is not a test, it’s actually a personality assessment. When you complete the personality questionnaire, the system figures out your personality and preferred behaviour.

The eBook is then produced based on the answers you provide and it specifically talks about your personality as it relates to your career.

This questionnaire has been completed by over 1 million people, many of whom have advanced their career as a result.

Here’s what others have had to say about us:

Imagine Doing Something You Really Enjoy

Imagine looking forward to Monday mornings. Imagine having a job that didn’t fill you with dread every Sunday night but instead, excited you.

Imagine a job that was rewarding and made you feel that what you do matters.

This is not impossible. In fact, thousands of people live with this situation every day. It’s not just rock stars and actors that enjoy their work, you could too.

The first things we have to do is figure out what career is right for you. After that, it gets a lot easier.

That’s why the Career Change Personality eBook is so focused on your personality. What’s right for someone else, may not be right for you.

How Much Is It?

You may expect a professional personality report to cost you upwards of £100 and if you were engaging a career change coach you would find yourself spending upwards of £500.

But we want to make the Career Change Personality eBook accessible to everyone. We believe that everyone deserves to discover what they were born to be, so we have priced the eBook accordingly.

You can enjoy it right away for three monthly payments of just £13 using the Easy Pay option.

You will be ordering through PayPal or SecureTrading so you know that the transaction is secure and that you are protected all the way.

If you are not ready to buy Career Change then please click here to try out the FREE Career Personality report.

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If you do not feel the Career Change Personality eBook lives up to your expectations you may simply ask for a full refund. That’s how confident I am that you will enjoy this product and find it the key to your successful career change.

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I tell you all this as I want you to know that this is a risk-free purchase. You can buy your copy of Career Change Personality eBook and access it right away with complete peace of mind.

If you are still unsure then please complete the questionnaire at the top of the page and make use of our free service.

Although it is a low resolution questionnaire it will give you a chance to get to know me and try it out before you buy.

I was lucky that I managed to make my career change and finally discovered my thing. With your Career Personality eBook, I am sure you too will enjoy a successful career change.

Wishing you the best of luck


  1. Miljenko

    Hi Martin,
    It is almost one and a half year that I’m trying to change my own actual job which getting me exhausted… Because of the general crisis on the Italian market there is not too much options or choices because there is no sector for which can we say “It works…”
    Always thinking to change with some new job on my own but it will be better to find something “under someone else” to work for some big company where all worries how to get from month to month will not be mine anymore…
    Nice idea but on my opinion hardly to achieve… because if I want to quit activity which I’m in I cannot dedicate myself 8 – 10 hours to some new job. Some new job on my own can give me possibility to start something on part time basis and in the same time try to close down actual business.
    It is one possibility on which I’m working from time to time in the last one year. But lately I’m trying to dedicate more time on this solution.
    I don’t know is this is a right way of thinking but I cannot see some other way to change it. I will be very grateful for Your opinion.
    Thanks in advance
    Best regards

  2. Janet

    I am 60 in 6 years and intend to change my career then but I’m not sure what I want to do

    • MartinGibbons

      Well you are asking the right question. The simple answer is to do something you love, something you are passionate about. This would also mean that you do something in harmony with your personality type.

      Even if you do not immediately see how you can make money doing it, it is still more important that you first find something you love. After that you can answer the second question, “How do I make money doing it?”.

      The second question is always easier once you have answered the first. Most people go straight to the second question and give up before they even start.

  3. Laura

    Dear Martin,

    I’ve just turned 30 and recently qualified in the Law. I should be made up. But I’m not. Some of the comments above have been really useful to read – it’s not about the money/safety/security (which I believed at school), it’s about meaning/purpose/satisfaction – which I am only just beginning to realise. To be fair I do get some satisfaction from my job, but also a lot of pressure and stress, which isn’t good for me. I considered my bookshelves, and they cry out drama/literature, art, Italian. I am in fact a History graduate (renaissance and art history in particular), so something using any of these factors (perhaps even including law) would seem to be the ticket. My question is, how do I move on from this point of understanding to find and get my ideal job?

    • MartinGibbons

      Laura, thanks for sharing. It sounds to me that you have a passion which you have ignored in order to attain money / safety / security. You wouldn’t be the first.

      I think you have to listen to your calling and decide that you want to indulge your passion. Only then will you start to find creative ways that let you do just that.

      There is a possibility that you could bring your law skills into your new passion but don’t limit yourself at this stage. Figure out what you want and why and then get creative as to how to bring it about.



    • MartinGibbons

      I’de rather work with tigers than children 🙂

      But you do have to ask how long are you going to put off your career change? Perhaps the big kids need to let you follow your heart.

  5. Suzi

    I changed the direction of my career three and a half years ago to move into the role I currently perform. For a number of reasons, it hasn’t worked out as I had hoped. The result is that I am more miserable at work now than I have ever been in any job in my life. It is having serious consequences for my life both in and out of work and I just dont’ think it is worth it any more. Inevitably perhaps it is leading to me asking big questions about whether I am in the right job, working in a way that suits my skills and abilities and how important work is anyway (in terms of work v other important life pursuits). I need to be realistic about the fact that I am in my 40s now and I have a mortgage to pay. So giving it all up to live off my pension isn’t an option. But what are my options? How do I work out what the critical features of my next job should be? How should I go about finding it? I know none of this is easy, but any help in terms of things to start working out the answers to those questions would be much appreciated.

    • MartinGibbons

      Suzi, this is a common scenario. It stems from using traditional based recruitment. If you are going about job hunting in the usual way (battering off CVs to job adds) then you are most likely to jump from the frying pan into the fire. I see it a lot.

      You need to decide what you really want and it’s unlikely your existing CV is going to help you get it.

      The key and the starting point is in your personality. On;y it can reveal what you really want and why. Once you have that the rest gets much easier. Without it, you are likely to repeat the cycle.

  6. Byron

    Is it time for a career change when your job is no longer Challenging?

    • MartinGibbons

      YES !!

      Reading between the lines, you no longer enjoy your work. “No longer challenging” is often a euphemism for “boring as hell”.

      Dig into your passion and admit what you would really want to do.

  7. Rosemary

    OK! So I’ve worked out what my ideal job would look like (though I haven’t got a label for it). How do I find it?

    • MartinGibbons

      Let me turn your question around. How would they find you? Is there any trace of you online?

  8. Rob

    I am fully employed and have been the same job for 15 years, but I am really bored. This could just give me the direction I need to change careers?

    • MartinGibbons

      Boredom should only happen from time to time. So it sounds like you are ready for a change.

      They secret to your direction lies in your personality. Once you have the direction you just need to peddle.

  9. mohd sageer

    With limited skill on music -some vocal talents and a 5 out of 10 in the scale of proficiency in guitar , am wondiering whether it is worth the attmept to change my current profession in the logisitics industry to become a musician, particularly considering that i am over 50?

    • MartinGibbons

      Mohd. I laughed when I read this, so not sure if you intended it to be funny. However, skill is never the issue.

      Bob Dylan made a career singing and he can’t sing a bloody note. However he has passion and genius.

      If you want to be a musician badly enough then do it. There is no exam to pass. There is no test to take. You just fill your heart with passion and share it with the world. You do not need anyone’s permission.

  10. Conrad Kovacs

    Dear Martin,
    I’m struggling a bit with what direction to take as I tried following a passion of mine which hasn’t come to fruition the way I thought it would. I’m 40 years old with 2 children 9 and 11 years old. I think I need to take stock of what’s important to me know before I make a decision as I ddin’t do that previously and as a result I have chosen careers that have taken time away from family.

    Thank you

    • MartinGibbons

      Conrad, it sounds like you want to spend more time with the kids. I don’t blame you. Childhood is fleeting. Blink and you miss it.

      So build this into your desire. Do not be afraid to ask a lot from life. If you don’t ask you don’t get. Don’t start compromising before you even begin. Be bold. Ask for what you really want, not what you think you deserve.

  11. Simon

    I am 48, have been in the same industry for 30 years… Over the past 2 years I have felt disinterested, bored, uninspired & knew deep down that by being made redundant, it was going to force me to start making some Career changing decisions! I really would like to know, who am I? What new career can I succeed in given my skills & experience. I look forward to reading your book, which will hopefully keep me positive & focused in what the future holds.

    • MartinGibbons

      Simon, I was made redundant a few years ago and it was the push I needed. Not sure I would have jumped soon enough otherwise.

      It is easy to lose sight of who you are, especially when you have been in the same industry for so long. Who are you outside of your work persona? Most people struggle with this.

      “Who am I?” Is the first question on the journey to a successful career change. most people skip past it and go straight to the job boards. I recommend you spend some time with this question as it’s big enough and deserves the attention. It is also likely to reap more rewards than all the job adds in the world.

  12. Fiona

    I am 46 and have been teaching languages- French and German. I am stressed out with it all – the school as well as the actual work. There is no such thing as teaching and going home – there is so much expected of you and I cannot seem to take the strain. I would love to change direction but I really do not know how or where to turn for help,. its not interviews or CVs that bother me. it is more the fact of knowing what to do. Can you help me even a litlle?
    Thank you

    • MartinGibbons

      Hi Fiona, thanks for sharing.

      The trouble is that schools are not a suitable work environment for teachers. Thankfully schools are not the only environment you find teachers in so there is hope. I mention this because often it’s not teaching that is the problem but the work environment.

      I believe most teachers enjoy teaching. It’s just that school is a terrible place to do it, usually with a terrible audience. And the venue and the audience matters.

      So figure out if it’s teaching that is the problem or if it’s the environment you have been teaching in so far that is the problem. Is there another environment that you would enjoy teaching?

  13. Ochre Brittlegill

    I am about to complete a science degree in October with the Open University. How do I find a job where I am not underemployed? (I am a mature student).

    • MartinGibbons

      I can assure you if you start your own business you will never be underemployed:-)

      But is this what’s really bothering you. Are you more worried about being bored and not taken seriously?

      I was a scientist in a previous life and although it wasn’t for me, I don’t ever recall being underemployed. Have a think about what you are really concerned about?

  14. Jamie Fry


    I am nearly 40 and work in a well paid local government job but bored, been there done it and have no aspirations there beyond that,

    The thing is I want to give it all in to pursue other stuff but that other stuff does not pay so well at the moment. I run a website, sell books, sell my handmade crafts and I can even do childcare.

    A copy of your book may help. Thanks

    • MartinGibbons

      Hi Jamie, Thanks for sharing. Very honest of you. It looks like you have found a passion. It is always easier to figure out ways of making more money if you have a passion, than without it.

      With passion you can get creative. It sounds like you need to widen your creative ability into commercial ideas.

  15. Trev

    Hi Martin,
    This is the question that has plagued me all my life. What do I WANT to do. My blessing is my curse. I am highly gifted, too gifted. I can make with my hands anything, there is nothing that I have set my hand to that i can’t do. I am insatiably courious and am a constant learner. I am a concepts person, a deep thinker, and an autodidactic.
    I have a few post secondary courses, though diverse. I have diplomas in computer programming, autobody, and aerospace techonlogies. I work as a safety professional now.
    With limitless curiosity and capacity, how do I best find opportunity? It’s been 9 years as a safety professional, I’m itching for change, but what to develop?

  16. Anthony Jeffery


    I was made redundant nearly 3 years ago now – having had a 40 career in the Corporate world, and can’t find work. Many say I haven’t a chance in hell at my age – but I’m too physically and mentally active to believe my working life is over. It has nothing to do with skillset, how well your CV is written etc etc. In this current market its all down to nothing but luck, your face happens to fit, or you are just in the right place at the right time. Don’t try to convince me of anything else – its futile! Most recruitment agencies I have dealt with are a waste of space with a few exceptions. Mind you you cant’t blame them. In current circumstances they are just as p…….ed off as we all are.

  17. Linda Hefford

    I am 48 years old and been with the same Company (albeit different types of role) for 31 years. Due to certain issues in the Depart I work in which I don’t think are going to be resolved I will have to leave the Company. It’s not the Company that’s the problem. I have been for a few interviews which went ok and I was short listed but I am still terrified of taking the step away from the familiar and where everyone knows me. The issues in the Department have knocked my self confidence which doesn’t help at all when trying to sell yourself at interviews. Would love a copy of your book.

  18. Lee Kum Kee

    Hi Martin,

    Please advise me because i am newly come in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a Executive Secretary. My problem is i want to shift on the other company which better for my qualification or a good compansition, i am good in business but my degree is computer science which is not my previous experience and i never had expeience that degree. So, which one i want to change my career of i will stay on this job for what i have now…? please help…:)

  19. Julie

    Hello Martin,

    Thank you for sending the career change e-book. Firstly I can report that I was stunned and moved to tears and laughter by the personality insights delivered throughout the book. The approach to team work description was so ‘bang on the nail’ and of course I can see the benefits of my ability to spot flaws and be devils advocate, but I’m not so sure they appreciate my contributions and now I can see so clearly why!

    I’ve always found it weird (an fairly amusing) in my work place that, if I’m away from work on an afternoon when we have team meetings, the others cancel and have an early night (even my manager!). When I’m there we always have the meeting. I never get to have the early nights! It’s kind of when the cat’s away the mice will play, except I’m supposed to be the mouse in this organisation – and it’s the cat that’s doing the playing when I’m out of the way. Again, I can see how this comes to pass through the personality insights provided in the book.

    I know there are aspects to my job that I love and the e-book helps confirm and clarify what the aspects are and why I love them. It also helps me to see why the things that bug me, bug me… and they bug me big time.

    I’ve found ways to cope with the resultant stress but they are more ‘survival’ strategies than anything else. They keep me ticking over while I put something else into place. I’ve stayed put in my job for too long because I could see that moving would probably put me a similar environment but with less autonomy (because its taken years to get to the point of autonomy that I am at now). I have the kind that the salesmen in your book enjoy (taken rather than given)!

    Having read the book I know I can begin to map out a future position that will fit like a glove – I’m currently doing ballet I wellington boots. Its still pretty good ballet but boy could I do better if I had the right shoes.

    Secondly it is clear from the e-book that you really know your stuff. I can see that anyone wanting / needing support in career change would be very safe in your hands. I love that you are not churning out the tired old careers advice that I have seen fail countless children in schools. Your fresh suggestions take account of the modern world and are focused on getting results rather than ‘standing in line’.

    And finally I want to say how much I enjoyed the read. I love your writing style, which spoke easily and directly to me. I felt as though you were here in the room with me having a friendly chat. I meant I could read the book quickly and digest it easily too.

    Actually I wasn’t expecting the book to be this good-
    So thanks for a nice surprise.

    Warm wishes


    • MartinGibbons

      It’s comments like this that make my day. I will pass it around the PeopleMaps office and you can make everyone’s day.

  20. Murray Pedersen

    I have recently resigned without any work to go to. Stupid some might say but i felt i needed a jolt to find a new path. The problem now is knowing where to head and finding what i now want to do. I am a strength and conditioning coach for professional sports teams but have lost my passion for this and so need a change.Where do i start?

  21. John

    Have actually made a couple of carreer changes and still not happy. The thing I like to do most is problem solving and looking at processes and questioning why do it like that. Where do I have to go to find what I really enjoy and at my age who would want me

    • MartinGibbons

      Unless the world runs out of problems (which isn’t going to happen any time soon) then you are desperately needed.

      Your challenge is that employers don’t see you or don’t recognise you.

      • Izabella

        Same here – problem solving can’t happen in companies that don’t admit they have a problem and want to bury you in useless work they are used to and which doesn’t allow you to be creative and get out of the circle.

  22. Kamila

    Chaning a career is one of the biggest challenges. Once you are trying to decide about your career when you are young and than for at least few times in a life time, when you feel being in a wrong place. I’m at my changing stage again, feeling wonderful because this time I know that’s the right path – why? Because it’s mine. I did coaching, worked on my values, aims, needs. I highly recomend to everyone that way – have some experience, be openminded and make up your mind based on evaluation (for example using coaching as a tool)

  23. richard

    hi, is good you are writing this book. there are some jobs that i would like to do because of the benefits involved. But i find myself attracted to other fields that seems unbeneficial. what is your advice?

  24. Judith

    I am stuck in a dead end job, with no motivation and upward mobility.
    Please send me this book.

  25. Jay

    Hi Martin, I’ve just turned 42 and seven months ago I was in a well payed job doing OK financially but detesting the work I did. For this very reason, I have historically changed jobs frequently having worked in various industries fulfilling various roles.

    Having reached that point of despair again, I just upped and resigned without having another job lined up. Silly, but in my defense, I felt I was wasting precious time and that there was a better life waiting for me out there. I needed to follow my dreams, whatever they were, and I thought no time like the present to discover what my passion in life is. That one thing that I could turn into a prosperous career and bring me happiness.

    Well, it has not gone at all as I had planned and I feel my life slipping away from me. I have not worked since and as you can imagine now really struggling and on the brink of financial disaster. I cannot seem to even land an interview never mind get the job. To make matters worse I am no closer to discovering my passion, my true calling. I have also fallen into a deep depression which now just clouds everything and makes it really difficult to see the possibility of any light at the end of the tunnel, and sometimes feel like a kid trapped in a man’s body.

    What advise can you share? How do I discover what I was born to do? How do I get through this change? I need to turn my life arround and would appreciate you assistance.

    Jay (South Africa)

    • Jay

      Been waiting for a response with bated breath … but to no avail.

  26. Matt Parker

    Im 19 and looking for any work but would my background go against me with finding any work?

  27. Mohamed Abusaif

    Hello Martin,
    kindly, I want to know how can I select my carrer path. and what is the best techniques that shouId be use to develop my CV

  28. Donna

    I am looking at a career change due to a short term disability involving myself and after the passing of my husband making me the household breadwinner.
    Your information seems very informative and I look forward to learning more.
    thank you

    • MartinGibbons

      Hi Donna , thanks for sharing. It sounds like you have been through a lot.

      Even though a career change is being thrust upon you, let’s still approach it as an exciting opportunity.

      It can be hard to see this when you are in the thick of it but for at least a few minutes allow yourself to dream. What are you passionate about?

      For a while at least, suspend the practical and listen to your heart.

      My wife has been on this journey for two years and here was the fascinating thing. When she started she had no idea what her passion was. She went through many iterations. Then one day she was looking at our book shelf and it was pretty obvious what she was interested in – she had a ton of books about wellbeing and a ton of books about art.

      It confirmed what she suspected and she is now helping people with their wellbeing though art journaling. She has also just sold her first publication.

      Top tip: look at your book shelves. Look at your magazines. Look at what you talk about. Somewhere amongst that lot may lie clues to your passion.

  29. Tommy Nichole Mans

    Do you have a good test to take that shows area’s that I could enjoy working in which use all of my character strengths? Also due to my all male name, do you know of a secure website to log in and use for further educational studies that are accepted as accredited? I know I need to upgrade my education level but don’t wish to throw away any money on wasted education or my precious time. Do you have any free tests that assess personality and strong work tendencies? Thanks for any feedback and I hope I can use your advice.

  30. wan amran wan bulat

    I want this book

  31. Barbara Hepple

    I am having to change career (from caring) due to a disability. My only option seems to be contact centre or admin work. I have qualifications in this, but not the experience to back them up. I didn’t want to go down this road but I am now unable to do any heavy lifting. I got a job in a call centre that lasted for a week, due to me not liking presentations. My real passion is music. I am not a spring chicken.

    • Barbara Hepple

      I am having to change career (from caring) due to a disability. My only option seems to be contact centre or admin work. I have qualifications in this, but not the experience to back them up. I didn’t want to go down this road but I am now unable to do any heavy lifting. I got a job in a call centre that lasted for a week, due to me not liking presentations. My real passion is music. I am not a spring chicken

  32. Liz

    Hi Martin

    I am at a point now where my children are grown up and independent, I have 25 years of work experience and would love to work in a completely different environment to those I have been used to, I know that I would be a valuable asset to any person/company. I can offer vast experience, maturity and discretion along with my Scottish tenacity and sense of humour!
    Like one of your previous correspondents I too have my C.V. out there. I have looked at many job adverts and I could cover the job description standing on my head, but I don’t seem to be given a chance. I have also spoken to many recruitment agencies and asked their advice, but to be honest some of them are less than helpful.
    I would really like to the chance to be a PA in a private situation rather than a corporate one and experience working in another part of the UK or another country for that matter, and I am willing to relocate to do so.
    Thank you for taking time to consider my dilemma, any advice would be very welcome.

  33. Stephen

    Hi, 12 years ago we decided to have our own family business and saw a unique opportunity for a gift store. We also decided to have an online business which never really took off….but no worries. With 2 successful independent adult children my wife and I decided that now is the best time to call it a day and start thinking of retirement…early retirement I might add as there is no mortgage and no financial stress. The trouble is, I feel deep down that I am not prepared to just go cruising. I feel the urge to continue working, all-be-it in a different area of work and on a part time basis just to keep the old brain ticking…age 55. I am seriously considering affiliate marketing but I am being bombarded with so much literature…should I just give up and go cruising?

    • MartinGibbons

      Stephen, this is one of the more unusual scenarios. ……. Then again, is this not the same issue we all face?

      This is about dharma. This is about finding meaning in life and meeting the need we all have – to be appreciated.

      When we strip away the issue of “I need money, so I need a job” then we are left with “I need meaning”. It’s unlikely that shopping will provide this and it’s unlikely that cruising will either 🙂

      This is a fantastic journey. I wish you luck with it.

  34. Kate

    Hi Martin,
    My issue is that I am 53, nearly 54 and I would like to change my career. After having my children I took a part time job which allowed me to work around them. They are now grown up and I don’t find my work challenging or fulfilling but I have absolutely no idea what I would like to do instead. I have few qualifications and, being divorced, am the main wage earner (albeit a low wage!) in my household which means that I wouldn’t be able to leave my current job in order to gain more qualifications. I’m certainly not ready to wind down yet and would be quite happy to take evening/home study courses if only I knew what to do!
    Hope you can help

  35. Richard Bevington

    Hi Martin
    my issues are that I have a great CV or so I believe? having owned my own various businesses over 30 years and although I’m 55 I still act and behave like a 35 yr old,I have many friends in business and enjoy the scene,however I took a employed roll with a National UK company and they just dont want sweat they want blood as well,I have achieved all and more of what is expected,Targets etc and earned a fair wage,however I’m not satisfied and know if I put this effort into my own business again I’t will Fly! now we have the problem what business? being versitile is my Forte.Thankyou.

    • MartinGibbons

      Thanks for raising these issues. We have ageism. We have corporate monster wanting blood. We have the eternal question “what do I want to be when I grow up?”

      I would start with figuring out what you really want to do. I see people moving from frying pan to fire and back again. Make sure this isn’t you.

      Whether you are employed or self employed is irrelevant as that’s just the contractual end of it.

      Make sure it’s something you are passionate about. Dont settle for less. Life will never deliver more than you ask for, so make sure you ask a lot. Demand it. Insist upon it.

      One of biggest problems I see with job hunters is they ask for the bare minimum, so that when life delivers a bit less than they asked for, they are effectively left with nothing.

      Could you write twenty bullet points of what you want? Could you describe it’s many aspects?

      This of course applies to us all. Despite running my business I have had to redesign it a number of times as I become clearer as to what I actually want.

      I spend a lot time talking about this in Career Change, the worlds first personality centric eBook on career change.

  36. Simon

    Hi Martin, I’m coming from a slightly more difficult angle than many in that I’m currently self-employed, but, due to a dwindling lack of passion for what I’m currently doing, I’m considering taking my skillset and returning to becoming an employee, after 10 years out of a Corporate environment.

    My head tells me to look for a ‘proper’ job and be secure, and my heart tells me that I want to keep my freedom and remain self-employed, but doing something different.

    The problem is, either as an employee or as self employed, I don’t know what I want to do! Having become self employed to chase my passion, I don’t want to go back to something that will bore me.

    I know that I have a broad skillset that would be valuable to an employee, but will they see my 10 years ‘in the wilderness’ as a turn-off?

    • MartinGibbons

      Hi Simon, Thanks for sharing. I am glad you raised this point. Many people think that it is a choice between having a job and being self employed. But as you have pointed out, this has nothing to do with career satisfaction.

      In Chapter 1 of Career Change I introduce a tool that you can use to help you figure out what exactly it is you need to change. As you have pointed out, “going self employed” isn’t the silver bullet many would have you believe.

      Sadly, I doubt following your head and getting a “proper” job is an option for you. Once the genie is out the bottle its pretty much impossible to put it back in. And you have been out of the bottle for ten years.

      When it comes to careers you must never listen to your head. You must follow your heart. Playing it safe is not a safe option.

      I will talk more about the issues you have raised in the free training, so please make sure you tune it to it.

      Once again thanks for sharing.


  37. Peter

    I’m not 50 but i’m turning 30 and it’s starting to hurt. I desperately want to find what my talents and make a meaningful and prosperous living. Being broke all the time sucks. I’ve tried many many jobs and the things I have enjoyed most are… as it happens, the things you said I would. I’m almost unemployable; my CV is all over the place (even the new one i paid £200 for). With very little solid experience and no qualifications above A-level it’s proving to be a challenge but, I am slowly finding my way. How does one go about finding one’s passion?

    Thanks for your help. The report really made me feel like an individual which matters as opposed to a ‘human resource’.

    All the best and may 2012 bring more direction and fulfilment to us all.

    • MartinGibbons

      Thanks Peter,

      The problem here isn’t “how do I get a good looking CV?” the question you need to ask is “How do I get more interviews and then convert them to job offers?”

      I know that the world at large sees these two questions as one in the same but they are not. Once you accept there is a difference then you can start to do something about it.

      Keep watching for more ideas on how to do just that.


  38. John Bell

    Hi Martin – I thought the e-book was very thought provoking and a pretty accurate depiction of me at work and the circumstances I’ve found myself in over the years. Although Im working currently and have been lucky enough to be employed for most of the last 30 odd years I wish I’d come across your kind of analysis much earlier as I think I might have avoided some of the angst and enjoyed my career much more by knowing how to apply my strengths, negotiating other people’s (usually my bosses) unproductive fixation with my less strong areas and realising how much being in the right working environment matters. I still have some years to go so hope to put your book to good use by getting myself into a more positive place!

    • MartinGibbons

      John, thanks for speaking out. Glad you found the Career Change eBook helpful.

  39. sandy

    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to review the e-book. You seem to know me very well. You also apparantly knew my previous boss- the one I definitely shouldn’t work for! I have been out of work for two years now since being made redundant. I used to work in a warehouse. That kind of work doesn’t suit me especially since the 24 years have taken a toll on my joints. I retrained and passed three diplomas in accountancy and microsoft office with distinction. I have been unable to find work because I don’t have experience in that field. You are absolutely right that employers will not look at some one in these circumstances.
    I have read all of your e-book and realise that a different approach is needed. My problem now is that being out of work for so long, I’ve lost my confidence( not that I had much to start with).
    I also have my eleven year old son to take into consideration, which restricts my working hours.
    I think my next move is to research on the internet. An ideal job for me would be writing from home. I enjoy writing and I have been told that I am very good at it.
    Thank you for all your help so far. You really are good at what you do. It is so accurate, its quite scary.

    • MartinGibbons

      Sandy, Thanks for sharing this. My boy is 13 so it can be tricky but you know what he is the “Why” behind much of what I do. I expect you are the same. So as a starting point, perhaps you would like to have a work environment that let you spend more time with your son? You may as well aim high.

      As regards your confidence. Traditional job hunting gives your confidence a real kicking, so it’s understandable when you have been out of work for a while that you may lack a little confidence. I think everyone does, so you are not alone in this.

      But here is the trick. When you approach job hunting the way outlined in the “Career Change eBook, each step adds to your confidence. You will build your confidence up brick by brick. The very nature of the approach pretty much guarantees it. And staying away from the traditional job hunting approach will help avoid some of those kickings too.

  40. Brian

    I have an interesting time ahead of me. I took voluntary redundancy about 14 months ago and have done a bit of freelancing since then in a sector I used to work in the last time I was made redundant twenty years ago (thank god for LinkedIn). I used to joke occasionally that I’d reached 50 and still didn’t know what I wanted to do. But with a (first) baby due in three months and cash slowly running out, I can’t really go on joking and expecting something to turn up as it has done in the past. So the question I have to answer is: do I find another job in the general area I know and/or branch out into related areas and carry on freelancing (which is what my head tells me) or do I go for broke and look for something completely new (which is what my heart says whilst declining to be very specific)?

    • MartinGibbons

      Hi Brian, Thanks for sharing. Believe it or not most people are you age are still trying to figure out what they want to be when they grow up 🙂

      With a new baby coming (congratulations) decisions will be even more difficult to make. My advice is simple, “figure out what you were simply born to do. Discover what you have a passion for and then figure out how to make money from it.”

      The temptation to play safe will be overwhelming . . . . . . .but there is no “safe”. It’s an illusion. Playing it safe is the riskiest game in town.



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