You take a moment and look back over your career so far. You have been out of college for several years, and have a number of successes in which you are justifiably proud; and yet you still find yourself feeling stuck...not progressing enough? Maybe work doesn’t feel meaningful anymore, or your industry has drastically evolved, or your values and interests have changed. No matter what, you find that who you are today is very different than who you were starting out in your 20’s.
Often it is a major life event, such as a divorce, the death of a parent, a child’s graduation, or a spouse’s layoff which may lead you to reexamine what you are doing and your desire to continue doing it. You have sacrificed a lot – time, money, and energy - to get where you are now in your career. You have built and nourished a solid network and credentials. You have likely come to appreciate a certain lifestyle — and the costs that come with it. Finally, you realize that key obligations are looming – hoping to put kids through college and then your own retirement in the not-too-distant future. You want to make a change, but if you don’t make a change now, you realize that you may never do it.
Realize that there is no such thing as job security, and there will not be so again. Now more than ever, it is important to figure out where you want to go next? Employment is rapidly becoming a two-way street, where you can ask yourself what you really want from your life and career, and then talk to your employer to find a way to make it happen. At this stage of your life, you have experience, balance, maturity, and wisdom. You are able and willing to get involved in problems of complexity and scale, because you have more capacity to solve bigger problems and it’s more engaging and challenging.
So how do you take that next step? Do you stay within your current company?
How do you find the passion and energy to tackle something different?
How do you network and discover the areas that you would like to contribute to or impact within your company?
What options are open in moving to a different department? Or a different state?
Do you have passions or hobbies that would infuse your work with creativity and insights that your current job does not give you the opportunity to employ?
Are there proven methods and tactics which will allow you to have the discussions with your bosses that will allow you work with them to be able to make the impact you know that you are capable at work?
Or, is it time to step away, to go in a new direction?
Instead of doing your current job in a classic corporate job, what if you applied those same skills at a start-up or nonprofit that is addressing a need that you’re passionate about.
How do you find out what is available that you might like to do?
What do you love most about your job, your skillset? If all jobs paid the same, what is it that you would love to do every day?
How do you identify what was holding your back at your old company?
How do you ensure that the next place you work matches yours strengths and personality better and helps you gain your desired success quicker?
What questions do you need to be asking in interviews to make sure that the potential employer is the best fit for you?
How do you best present yourself to ensure that other companies are excited to have you on board and are invested in your success?
These questions and concerns are not only valid, they are vital to you achieving the goals that you have set for yourself in the timeframe you desire. They are also the questions and concerns that an experienced mentor and coach can help you find the correct answers to in a timely and efficient manner.
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