Happen To Your Career - Meaningful Work, Career Change, & Career Design

Happen To Your Career - Meaningful Work, Career Change, & Career Design

How do you find meaningful work that pays really well? How do high performers find purpose and happiness in their career? The hope that there is more out there than feeling anxious, burned out, unfulfilled and stuck in your career has led you here! If you’re ready to find work you love that allows you the flexibility and autonomy to prioritize the things most important to you, then you’re in the right place! This kind of work not only exists, but there’s a better way to get there (and it’s not scrolling through job boards). This podcast will challenge you to reconsider what meaningful work looks like and expand your beliefs on what is truly possible for your career & life. Join Scott Anthony Barlow, CEO of Happen To Your Career (HTYC), as he brings you weekly learnings through conversations with successful career changers and experts in psychology, negotiation, signature strengths, happiness, work culture, and unconventional career change. Past guests include Daniel Pink, Gretchen Rubin, Marshall Goldsmith, Jen Sincero, Jenny Blake, Nir Eyal, Vaness Van Edwards and J.J. Sutherland. Work doesn’t have to suck. You truly can find work you freaking love! Let us show you how you can “happen to your career.”


April 22, 2024 40 mins

What if you could try out a new career before committing? Turns out, you can! Discover how to use career experiments to test new careers without the commitment.

Learn what a career experiment looks like from the inside — Our guest, Bob Kalish, is currently experimenting with consulting after working as a concept chef for 24+ years!

In this episode, Bob explains how he found opportunities to experiment through his network, and exact...

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This podcast is not just for people who don’t like their jobs. Sometimes you feel the itch to make a change even when you’re in a really great situation, and that’s completely normal! What if the grass is truly greener on the other side? Bobby's story walks through his career change concerns, and he and Scott provide practical advice on navigating the process of leaving a really good job in hopes of something even better!

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If you want to take more control of your career there’s no way around it: You are going to have some awkward conversations with your boss.

But what if having a few of these well-planned, uncomfortable conversations could get you everything you want out of your work (along with your boss’s stamp of approval)?

Well, it turns out, they can! Our guest today, Jason Bollman, is proof of that. He shared his initial career change story on ...

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Why is our culture so obsessed with job titles and job status? Just think about how often we ask, and are asked by others, “So, what do you do?” This inflated importance of career causes people to believe they have to find all of their fulfillment within the constraints of their career, which can easily lead to work consuming their life. 

That’s exactly what ha...

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There’s this funny phenomenon that happens when people are looking for intentional work. They get to a point where they’ve been working on their career change for a while — they’ve identified what will make work meaningful for them and what they are looking for in an organization — but then the search for their ideal role starts taking longer than expected, and the doubts start creeping in.

Staying true ...

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Taking a break from your career isn’t uncommon - many people press pause due to children, health, travel, etc. But one mistake people make is thinking they need to return to the same work they were doing before.

Caroline had hit burnout after 17 years with the same company and decided to take a 2-year break and stay home with her children.

When she decided to return to the workforce she knew she wanted to do something different, bu...

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Recruiters and hiring managers are absolutely drowning in potential candidates today, so how can you stand out when job searching? How do you convince them to give you a chance?

Well, turns out there’s not just one Jedi mind trick that will make them choose you… and it really doesn’t come down to “convincing them” that you’re the perfect candidate. So what is it then? What matters most in your job search? Th...

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Career change can be uncomfortable. You’ll likely have to break out of your comfort zone to progress down a new path that may be full of unknowns 👻

Feeling safe and at ease is great and all, but think about it, what goals have you ever achieved by staying in your comfort zone? We’re willing to bet on not many at all.

Stephanie had an aversion to risk, and was "comfortably unhappy" in her marketing career until she reached burnout ...

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Everywhere you look these days, you can find articles sharing why focusing on your strengths is more valuable than improving your weaknesses. Using your signature strengths in your role means you can be energized instead of drained, engaged instead of bored, and successful instead of struggling.

Bree knew she wasn’t using her strengths in her draining, repetitive role, but she wasn’t sure how to step into a position that truly fit ...

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If your ideal role doesn’t exist, it may be up to you to create it! It’s all about figuring out exactly what you want and need out of your career, and then asking for it. Learn how Laura created her ideal role within her organization by making an ideal career profile, networking internally, and having bold, transparent conversations with leadership!

What you’ll learn

  • How to be t...
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The irony of being stuck at a job you hate is that it seems to consume your every waking moment. It begins to bleed into other areas of your life, and turn you into someone you’re not. Discover how Paul escaped his career crisis by digging into self-discovery, setting boundaries, and asking for help and accountability. Paul did a lot of work to figure out what he wanted in his career, so when a job opportunity came along he was abl...

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“Is being bored a good enough reason to leave my job?” Boredom at work isn’t talked about enough, but we get this question all the time! Becoming apathetic towards work and settling into a comfortable role can happen before we even realize something is wrong! But if the goal is meaningful work, this can be a dangerous place to be. It’s much harder to leave a comfortable job than one that is obviously burning you out.

That’s where L...

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You’ve likely heard the common scenario that happens to job seekers nowadays - they apply to over 100 jobs and get maybe one interview (more often 0!) Does anyone actually find a great role and get hired from job boards? It turns out - YES! Our client, Angie, found a role that fit her perfectly just sitting right there on Indeed.com, waiting for her it seemed.

She applied, added a kick-a$$ cover letter (more on that in this episode...

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When you think about leaving your current company you likely imagine one of two scenarios — 1. Movie-worthy visions of lighting the office on fire, while flipping the bird, on the way out the door or 2. Your team branding you as an unforgivable enemy because you lit the office on fire and flipped them the bird without looking back 🙃

But leaving a job doesn’t have to mean burning bridges. You can escape your current job and find a ...

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A career change is not permanent. You may be thinking, “Of course I know that!” But it’s a different story when you’ve put tons of hard work, time and effort into making a career change only for it not to pan out. *insert exasperated sigh 😩

However, when this happened to Michal, her reaction was excitement. She had gone into her initial career change with the mindset that at some point, she would likely grow into something else. A...

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Have you ever felt like your career was on autopilot? Or that you were getting so far into your career that you felt like you couldn’t leave without starting over? This is what happened to Michal. She spent years getting her doctorate and when the time came to get a job in academia, she did it without thinking… because that’s just what you do! Right? Right???

Unfortunately, doing things the normal way, without question, put Michal ...

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What’s the best way to determine if a different role or industry is right for you? Many people believe you must take huge risks to figure this out, but that’s not the case. Career experiments are the answer! These are the opposite of the tactical career change approaches you often hear about, yet far more effective. We are going to cover one of the most highly effective types of career experiments today: test driving conversations....

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Ever find yourself caught in the struggle between being genuine and networking? Most people have trouble reconciling how to connect with people and build relationships naturally while also being able to accomplish their own goals. So how can you accomplish goals that require having connections but not be transactional? It turns out that there are easy ways to begin relationships that are genuine and feel natural to the other party ...

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Is there any particular area or subject that people tend to come to you for? Scott has made a lot of career changes, more than most people you know... combined! But something finally clicked for him when he realized his friends and family were always coming to him for career advice. With HTYC turning 10 years old this year, we wanted to share Scott's career journey and how each of his career change...

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I'll let you in on a secret, almost everyone thinks their network isn't big enough or strong enough to help them land their ideal role. But you (and a ton of other people) are wrong! Studies have shown that it's actually not the people closest to us, the people you likely think of when you think of your network, that can help you advance in your career. It's actually the friends or friends that really make things happen. Skeptical?...

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