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How to Change Careers for Big Picture Thinkers

How to Change Careers for Big Picture Thinkers

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Big picture thinkers can have a very hard time finding their place in the professional world. As most professions’ entry-level jobs are very suitable for detail-oriented people but an absolute disaster for big picture thinkers, changing careers as a big picture thinker takes a special kind of approach.

Aurora Meneghello, Founder of Repurpose Your Purpose, went through this herself, and often felt bad about her inability to fit in...until she embraced her own big-picture thinking skills - and changed her approach to creating a fulfilling career.

Do you think you might be a big-picture thinker trapped in a detailed-oriented job? Or maybe you already know you are, but have no idea how to get unstuck...

Join us for a special Chat & Learn dedicated to all Big Picture Thinkers looking for career fulfillment. Aurora will answer all your questions on How to Change Careers as a Big Picture Thinker.


Aurora Meneghello is the founder of Repurpose Your Purpose, a program to change careers by using what you already know to do something new. She works with groups and individual career changers and is based in Los Angeles.


  • Nothing in specific. Interesting Topic

    Question by Monal on 2019-07-09
  • relocation

    Question by Maria on 2019-07-09
  • How to switch from a 15+ year career in the corporate world (digital domain) to a freelancing career in a completely industry (interior design) with no formal qualifications in the area?

    Question by Ana on 2019-07-09
  • How do you take a skillset that has become more and more specialized to meet the needs of specific employers in one industry, and generalize it (and/or upgrade/reskill it) for employment or consulting work in a different industry?

    Question by Barb on 2019-07-09
  • Is there a way to demand that a company that wants you to use social media in a position will let you work on other, detailed-oriented projects at least 70% of the time?

    Question by Lauren on 2019-07-09
  • I currently work as a Business Analyst with a insurance company. As my company hasnt moved ahead with newer technologies, I havent been able to update my skills. I am lost on where to begin with updating my skills , my resume and how to begin job search or switch careers.

    Question by Sujata on 2019-07-09
  • I feel I naturally am a big picture thinker but for work have to focus on details, since so many positions require detail thinking. How do I express my unique value/view when so many others are detail oriented and we are at the same level position?

    Question by Kelly on 2019-07-09
  • There are so many items I am interested in and have to do. Any tips on prioritization and quieten the mind to focus on completing the task at hand would be appreciated.

    Question by Iris on 2019-07-09
  • Do you have any advice for those of us who are making career changes feeling ambivalence and uncertainty about the path we've chosen to pursue? I don't feel any more sure about this new path than I did my former career and I think that's what scares me the most.

    Question by Natosha on 2019-07-09
  • Never thought about this before. Curious.

    Question by Vaida on 2019-07-09
  • I am 70, any special advice for changing a career this late in life? Thanks

    Question by Sandra on 2019-07-09
  • I'm interested in learning entrepreneurial options as a big picture thinker.

    Question by Katie on 2019-07-09
  • Is it true that for a successful career transition you can change role or industry, but not both? If no, which industries are most open to this?

    Question by Salette on 2019-07-09
  • Looking for advice on pivoting from fundraising in the nonprofit sector to sales in the private sector.

    Question by Terri on 2019-07-09
  • I am interested in making a career move also and would love to hear more about Aurora's journey for inspiration and guidance. Thanks Irene

    Question by Irene on 2019-07-09
  • How can employers add interview questions that bring out the strengths of people who are big picture thinkers?

    Question by Deb on 2019-07-09
  • Just recently read HBRs mid career malaise article and curious to see if/how this ties in.

    Question by Emily on 2019-07-09
  • no questions at this time.

    Question by Michelle on 2019-07-09
  • Could you please name some trendy job titles that my apply to this strategic thinking, big thinker attribute?

    Question by Patty on 2019-07-09
  • I’m a big-picture thinker & have had a hard time finding a job that lets me contribute on that level. I’m looking to make a career shift that gets me working in a more fitting capacity & with the right people. Looking for any advice & perspective on this!

    Question by Amanda on 2019-07-09
  • Interested in more skills for helping others with the big picture and wondering about how to gain more expertise in facilitating this (open to courses, methodologies, certs) Also would appreciate any positioning tips for those of us with 20+ years of experience planning to stick around long enough for another whole career.

    Question by Audrey on 2019-07-09
  • I would love to participate in this personally relevant topic but have a scheduled meeting. Are these conversations made available in a recording thereafter?

    Question by Olga on 2019-07-09
  • Can’t wait to listen in!

    Question by Hillary on 2019-07-09
  • No question just really interested in listening.

    Question by Seanna on 2019-07-09
  • I have no specific questions. I'm really interested in listening to the discussion.

    Question by Sabine on 2019-07-09
  • I am in a stressful, detailed job and i would love to do something completely different. Ive got interests in children, health, wellness, but more than those, i see myself as a writer. In the now, i need to find something that fits better, without having to go back to school. I have a young child, so money and time are tight. I think a for now job that better suits my big picture nature would relieve some stress and help me move forward. Any advice to help get me there is very much appreciated!

    Question by Amy on 2019-07-09
  • I think the best transition for my work style is to move out of corporate management and into freelancing. Tips on transitioning to a more flexible / independent career?

    Question by Kylie on 2019-07-09
  • How to capitalize on this skill in interviews and characterize it in resumes?

    Question by corinne on 2019-07-09
  • How do I prove in my resume/job application that I have relevant skills for a new, unrelated job?

    Question by Jessica on 2019-07-09
  • My question has been asked in many different ways. I want to reinvent myself and my career focus. I have so much experience yet no title in the new area. How can I get my story heard with employers? I have decided to start practicing on my own as a side hustle while looking for a job in technology. This is impacting my interviews as I’m not as passionate about technology.

    Question by Chrystine on 2019-07-09
  • How can I efficiently change careers in shortest time possible and become and expert on the field too.

    Question by Roselyne on 2019-07-09
  • My main questions have been asked.

    Question by Kaila on 2019-07-09
  • What data can be added to a resume when describing big-picture thinking?

    Question by Emily on 2019-07-09
  • Nothing comes to mind

    Question by Theresa on 2019-07-09
  • My questions are all listed above - curious and will listen in!

    Question by Shari on 2019-07-09
  • I've been working on a career transition for 8 months now, and it has been very hard for potential employers to understand how my skills transfer over. I've had my resume professionally reviewed and made suggested changes and I'm not making progress. I feel like I can explain it but I have to get my foot in the door to do that during an interview. Help!

    Question by Ginger on 2019-07-09
  • Very interested in hearing about how to "translate" skills from non-related job experience - esp when job titles (on resumes, LinkedIn, etc) tend to throw people off. Excited for this!

    Question by Jen on 2019-07-08
  • How should you describe yourself on a resume or on LinkedIn as a big thinker, but don't know what exact field to get into or pursue?

    Question by Chris on 2019-07-08
  • Do you have any tips on finding balance between job searching and staying focused at your current job?

    Question by Michelle on 2019-07-08
  • If you're a big picture thinker, do you recommend building a team - if you have the authority - to support the day-to-day, "doing," or administrative tasks.

    Question by BRANDY on 2019-07-08
  • How do you help yourself/colleagues get over the stigma in the corporate workplace when bosses and coworkers belittle your strategic thinking/ideas because I "don't have enough experience"?

    Question by Rose on 2019-07-08
  • My questions were already asked by other people. Thank you!

    Question by Heather on 2019-07-08
  • Is a functional resume the best way to showcase my big idea thinking versus the chronological resume?

    Question by Alana on 2019-07-08
  • What kind of jobs are a good fit for big picture thinkers? I'm interested in "the green new deal" but don't know where to start

    Question by Dominika on 2019-07-07
  • Any tips on discovering what positions/opportunities are out there for our unique talents/skills/interests? Thanks!

    Question by Tina on 2019-07-05
  • How can I quantify strategic thinking for a resume?

    Question by Tamara on 2019-07-05
  • Is it possible to do a career change when you haven't even started on a specific career that you studied for? And is it possible to do your own thing right from the start without actually working for someone to gain some experience?

    Question by colette.rossouw on 2019-07-05
  • How do you get a job as a big picture thinker, especially in entry-level marketing (brand, advertising, tech), without necessarily having very technical skills? All the jobs I see want years of experience having handled some software or the other

    Question by Neamah on 2019-07-04
  • How to fill your stay at home mom years gap of your resume and LinkedIn?

    Question by Laura V on 2019-07-04
  • Just want to listen!

    Question by Maxine on 2019-07-03
  • I would like to start my own business after working for many years in a corporate world as a software engineer, but I don't know much about running a business on my own. Can you recommend a specific approach to becoming self-employed?

    Question by Tatyana on 2019-07-03
  • Should you change your resume with new words that are relevant to the career that you want.

    Question by Magaly on 2019-07-03
  • I believe I'm a bit of both, big thinker (I come from a creative background) but also naturally very detailed oriented. (I have product development management experience) I like to learn how to express big ideas more clearly without loosing the audience with too much details (the other side of my personality. ;-) )

    Question by Siboney on 2019-07-02
  • How did you find your aha! moment and got unstuck? - Thank you.

    Question by Ana on 2019-07-02
  • Great concept, real need as we transition careers

    Question by Kirthika on 2019-07-02
  • No question. Tuning in to gain insight.

    Question by M. Ayo on 2019-07-02
  • How do you tap into your passion and begin to create a new career experience that aligns with your goals?

    Question by Shamari on 2019-07-02
  • I have a hard time even understanding what jobs exist for big picture thinkers without taking an entrepreneurial route. Any suggestions?

    Question by Miranda on 2019-06-30
  • What is the recommended "first step" to becoming unstuck? I work in a high-pressure, nonstop environment and feel I don't have the energy/headspace to process strategic next steps - Advice?

    Question by Maura on 2019-06-28
  • I've been a 'big thinker' in large corporate with the budgets to pay specialists (agencies) to execute. I'm exploring smaller, start-up companies now that need more practitioners than orchestrators. How do you suggest I position my unique value?

    Question by Diana on 2019-06-27
  • I'm not sure what type of "thinker" I am. I think big, but also like detailed action items. I'll just be interested to tune in. Thanks!

    Question by Amber on 2019-06-27
  • Any recommendations or advice on how to get the 1st call / pass the CV review when you have a more 'generalist' profile?

    Question by Julie on 2019-06-27
  • I need access to "the words" that describe my talents as a big picture thinker. I find it extremely difficult to even explain what it is I see in terms that others can understand. Thus they feel I'm inept/flighty/incoherent. What words do you use? Or recommend using? Or resources might you recommend to begin exploring so I can clearly express to others what it is I do to help them meet their goals. Thank you.

    Question by Rd on 2019-06-27
  • How do I get employers to look at my overall skills rather than specific experience?

    Question by Marianne on 2019-06-26
  • To me, the path for the life of a detailed oriented specialist has been so clearly laid out, but the path for the big picture generalist is extremely opaque. Is it just me, or do you think the majority of big picture thinkers feel this way? It’s seems to me that the majority of big picture thinkers aren’t even aware of such a concept or mode of thought, but I may be wrong

    Question by James on 2019-06-25
  • How long does a career transition typically take?

    Question by Melissa on 2019-06-25
  • I'm a strategic thinker but I have been known for so many years as a transit planner. I want to make a switch to strategic planning/work on strategic initiatives. While I've dabbled in it, I feel like I'm am imposter and not selling myself as much as I should through my resume or networking. What am I doing wrong?

    Question by André on 2019-06-25
  • Since it's likely that many people interested in this topic are in a higher age bracket, can you also please offer some tips for preemptively deflecting and/or managing age discrimination?

    Question by Erica on 2019-06-24
  • Not yet. Looking forward to learning though.

    Question by michelle on 2019-06-20

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