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23 gifts for your career change

Presents wrapped in red and white wrapping paper

It was the BEST decision I ever made. 

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not a big spender. Not at all. When I first started thinking about changing my career, you know what I did? 

Yep, scrolling. Just like you are. Hours and hours of wading through job descriptions. Watching TED talks. Reading (library) books. 

Slowly slowly I started to cobble together the first steps I could take. And I took them. (Yes, I'm mentioning that separately. Because how often do you take in IN-formation, but never take steps that help turn that into TRANS-formation?)

When I finally decided what I wanted to do I spoke to people, tried things out, did some courses. Really 'testing' if it was right for me. 

All and all it took me four years. 

Four years of finding my way, and finally - finally - hovering my finger over the 'Buy now' button to enrol in my coaching school. 

$5,000 it was. It was the biggest amount I've EVER spent on myself. It scares me even now. 

But it was the best decision I ever made. 

Now, over the last few weeks I've been speaking to (some of) you. And what I'm hearing is that you're tired. That you're limping to the finishing line. 

And it's no surprise. 

The trauma of Covid has been swiftly followed by the trauma of the cost of living crisis, rising food and energy prices, soaring interest rates, having to go back into the office, traveling everywhere, the war in Ukraine and now the war in Gaza. 

So, whilst you're going about your business buying everyone presents and looking after everyone else this holiday season, I'm going to share some gifts with you. 

Gifts for your career (change). 

And we're keeping it light, because In next week's newsletters I'll be sharing some things that inspired and lifted my spirits this year. 

Gifts for YOU. 

Because this year, ESPECIALLY this year, it's time to look after YOU. To invest, in YOU. 

So here goes, 23 gifts for your career change:

Overcoming fears

Money, fear and your career change: my webinar in which we tackle the #1 fear you have about your career - that you'll lose your financial security and run out of money.  In this webinar we'll look this fear straight in the eye and find ways of handling it. 

How to make networking FUN!: Networking. LOTS of you can't STAND it. The idea of having to rock up in an overcrowded room talking to STRANGERS. Having to <shudder> SELL YOURSELF. Download the guide now, and let's make networking into 'meeting interesting people'! 

Join the community: Whilst we're on the theme of networking ... why not come and join us in Pick 'n Mix, the community of creative, multi-passionate women! 

Creativity and ideas

17 ways to generate ideas for your career: it's consistently in the Top 3 of barriers to changing careers - a total lack of ideas. Well, that stops now! Let's engage your creative brain. Download the guide now!

Ideas Club: Are you stuck for ideas? Your brain needs more information! Wider horizons! New perspectives! Come and join us in January for Ideas Club! (Or start your own: bring 6 friends together and ask them for ideas for your career).

Tell your career story: Your story tells a lot about you. What you're GREAT at, what's IMPORTANT to you, what you LOVE, what you've LEARNED. ALL of that, plus themes, ideas and maybe even your purpose(s). We uncover it all in a Visual Coaching session. You tell your story, I draw it. You have a visual reminder of the AMAZING journey you're on! Book it here.

The Artist's Way Group: I LOVE The Artist's Way, the famous, life-changing book by Julia Cameron, that helps you UNLOCK your creativity.

That's why I started a The Artist's Way GROUP in September. And good news! The Artist's Way Group 2024 will start as soon as March/April! You can't enrol yet, but you can most certainly put yourself on the waiting list, and you'll be the first to know when the doors open! Come and recover your creative self!

Reading and researching

Book reviews: Did I mention I read books? I read books. Lots of them. About career change, about women and work, about leadership and business, about mind and body. Go and view the reviews of the books I read. Or skip straight to My Top 5 books about career change.

Book Club: Do I have a Book Club? Of course I do. Come and join us next week Tuesday to talk about how to properly hold grudges (instead of letting them eat you up from the inside).

Blog Bundle: Yes, I know, there's LOTS. And you MEAN to go and read them, but somehow never get round to it. Well, you don't have to. You can now download the TEN most-read (and best, if I do say so myself 😊) blogs right here.

Planning your transition

  • Career

Growing your career?

Here are two of the best books I've read recently to help you:

Centered leadership: One of the best books I've ever read, helping you to form a well-rounded set of leadership skills, was written by Joanna Barsh and Joanne Lavoie.

Office politics: Fed up of office politics? Well, there is good news and bad news. The bad news is: it's not going to go away. The good news? Niven Postma's book will help you with a whole new set of tools to use to become better at it.

  • Business

Decided to start a business?

Here are some resources that will help you:

Be a free range human: I'm not afraid to say that it's THIS book, written by Marianne Cantwell, that inspired me to set up my own - slightly quirky - business. And so can you!

Starting a business: Yep, it's one of the topics in Pick 'n Mix. And rather than me sharing ALL the resources and FREE courses that are being shared by our Pick 'n Mix members, why not come and join us?

Bootstrapping: Want to start your business on a budget? Here are my best resources:

Cal - for scheduling, Canva - for making pretty pictures, Systeme - for a totally FREE website (I'm building my ART website on it, watch this space!), Stripe - for payments

  • Portfolio career

Can't IMAGINE having to only do ONE thing? Is a portfolio career for you?

Here are some resources that will help you:

Are you a Renaissance woman?: My blog about, yes, portfolio careers. Is it for you?

Portfolio careers: Steve Preston wrote an amazing book about Portfolio Careers, that you won't want to miss!

Multi-potentialites: Yes, I'm calling you! Emilie Wapnick's TED talk was my awakening, the realisation that NO ONE JOB was going to give me everything I wanted. Watch it. No, honestly, do!

The BEST decision?

The Career Freedom programme: You can do it alone, of course you can. I did it. It took me 4 years. It was a rollercoaster. And a L-O-O-O-O-N-G journey. So, what if you can do it in 3 to 6 months, instead of in 4 years, with my Career Freedom private coaching programme?

What will YOU decide?


Tineke Tammes supports professional women in making successful transitions to careers of Freedom, Flexibility and Fulfilment! Besides that she is also a lifelong feminist, part-time portrait artistnever-only-read-one-book-at-any-time reader, and obsessive doodler.

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