For a couple hundred dollars, you can “try out” a profession for a day or two and enjoy some time away from home.
It’s called a vocation vacation and it enables you to break outside of your comfort zone — get away from your daily routine — and try something new at the same time.
Here’s why it can be helpful:
- Confirms whether a career is appealing to you or not.
- Allows you to try different skills, and see if you get satisfaction from using them.
- Enables you to assess any themes or patterns that emerge from your experiments.
- Keeps you moving forward.
By taking a work vacation, or vocation vacation, you get to experience your dream job first-hand, with a mentor who takes you under their wing and shows you the ropes in your chosen field.
What You Should Know
In the early 2000’s Brian Kurth started Vocation Vacations which morphed into PivotPlanet. His company has offered an increasing number of specialized vacations where people can explore the job they’d really like to have. Each vocation vacation is taken with experts in the area of work a person would like to pursue and cost can range on these from a couple of thousand US Dollars (USD) down to less than a thousand USD, depending on the extent and location of the vocation involved.
What To Expect
So what’s a career pivot? In life — you need a series of pivots — like in basketball, a move that keeps one foot firmly planted while the other swings forward. A career Pivot helps you move toward your new career in small, practical steps that land you where you want to be.
But we also know you don’t have forever to get there. So we do assessment tests to uncover what you truly need to be happy—autonomy, respect, creativity—and focus your goals.
We help you discover the choices that brought you to this crossroads and identify new choices that will bring you to a more satisfying career. We consider your circumstances, explore your talents, strengths and working style, and help weigh your options.
It’s hands-on experience like no other. And, when it’s over, hopefully, you’ll have a better idea as to whether this is a career choice you’d be interested in pursuing or not.
Want to test drive a career? Try pivoting — let’s see what happens.
How It Works
This is when people take an actual vacation to go work and learn about a dream job. They pay for this pleasure but may find out whether the reality lives up to the dream and could find resources to really make a career change.
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Is this like career, life or executive coaching?
No. Career, life and executive coaches help you focus your skills and strengths in the right direction, but they do not work in the actual profession(s) you’re exploring. PivotPlanet advisors work in the same career you’re exploring. They’ve been there and done that. Your time with them is a reality check that is hard to get anywhere else.
There are nearly 100 different career fields to choose from.
Here are just a few:
- Sports Announcer
- Professional Photographer
- Bed & Breakfast Manager
- Doggie Daycare Owner
- Coffeehouse Owner
- Car Restorer
- Pit Crew Member
- Baseball Team General Manager
- Brew Master
- Farm & Dairy Owner
- Schooner Captain
- Horse Trainer
- Golf Instructor
- Pet Detective
- Interior Designer
- Fishing Outfitter
- Radio Personality
- Raceway Manager
- Kayak Guide
- Organic Products Company Owner
- Wedding Coordinator
- Music Producer
- Fashion Designer
- Talent Agent
- Hotel General Manager
- Food Critic
- Private Investigator
- Tour Guide
- Yoga Studio Owner
- White Water Rafting Outfitter
- Film Producer
- RV Campground Owner
More about Vocation Vacations here.