A Test-&-Learn Approach

Complete these introduction to Looping modules, but don't jump into Loop building. You are not expected to master Looping on your own after a short introduction. The goal here is to familiarize yourself with a new way of thinking and then you will be directed to resources to take your next steps.


The Big Idea

Career change is best served through a test-and-learn approach.

A Loop is simply a small experiment or project that helps us quickly test-and-learn rather than taking big leaps.

These small experiments help you focus on what is within your control and make a critical shift from unreliable career-planning to a more enjoyable and effective career-discovering.

As an iterative practice, Looping is not trying to predict the future or solve for everything all at once. Instead, a completed Loop helps you surface new insights on which you craft your next Loop.

As a result, you build momentum, clarity, and confidence as you move from stuck about what you want next, to discovering and landing your next opportunity.

Your first Looping step is to Clarify the challenge you want to solve for. At first, you will be tempted to solve for your entire career change all at once. But that's a good way to stay stuck. The Clarify step teaches you how to craft specific questions that inspire ideas for getting unstuck, even if you don't know what you want next.

Your next step is Create. Here you generate ideas to address your Clarify question by creating a small experiment. These experiments act as short tests in your journey from "what the heck do I want to do next" to "I'm really excited about an opportunity, but how do I break in?"

In the third step, you Connect with the people who will help complete your Create step or who can share new insights.

The fourth and final step asks you to Consider what you learned. Here you reflect on what new insights emerged from your Loop and what new questions surfaced. Now you can craft your next Loop based on what you learned.


Looping is best illustrated through examples.

Watch the video below to see a simple, creative solution for a common career question.

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