Career Change Stories From Real-Life Moms
shaken, broke, and alone. You don’t have anyone to share your story, advice, or support. You don’t have a hobby or a college professor or friend who you can turn to for help. You don’t have a Panic Contact in the form of a former colleague or Wall Street recruiter who can give you “insider” advice. And finally, you don’t have a “career coach” who can tell you what to do next.
If you’re an employee who’s thinking about a career change, a new job, or going back to school, you don’t have a professional network to rely on, nor a trustworthy friend, professor, prior employer, or confidential source to share your story with. And if you’re an entrepreneur who wants to raise capital to start a new business, you don’t have a fully equipped grow-up machine to rely on.
It’s no secret that surviving a career change can be hard and sometimes painful. For most people, a career change leaves you feeling empty emotionally and stressed out with a sense of Is This What I Really Want to Be Doing Now? lingering in the back of your mind. But, that’s only a minor intrusion into your freedom and identity.
None of us know exactly what we’re going to do next. But, that doesn’t mean that we can’t fantasize about what we’d really like to be doing. And, while each individual will have to commit to the path that leaves thejob out of the way, there are some important considerations to keep in mind.
Career diversity is powerful! Realize that it is within you to climb the ladder of success and that there are other, perhaps faster, ways to take your career to the next level. After all, companies don’t knife their employees every time a job shift occurs. Employers are also not likely to terminate you will a layoff. Your job is to learn how to survive that layoff and move forward. That means learning how to take the fear and uncertainty that goes with a career change into a comfortable, positive space within yourself where you can be creative and proactive without cutting back on your essential needs.
The first, and most difficult step in facing a career change is to admit to yourself that you need to know what you want to do. Recognize that a job change is not an admission that you are not good enough at your current job or that you are not qualified to do the work. It is important to reflect back on why you shifted to your current field of work. What were you Ferndy orWrauth about your previous job? What were the factors that influenced your choice of a particular field or company? What were the conditions that made it imperative that you stay in that job? If you stay in your current field too long, you run the risk of losing that ” beacon “in the form of a job running parallel to your former one.
How long does it take to get to your ideal position? It could be, six months, a year, longer. Your health, your family problems, your ambition are no longer your guide. Go with the flow and believe that a better job is somewhere in that jungle. If you go too far out of your comfort zone, you could be injured or laid-off.
With the so-called Baby Boomers moving into their retirement years, the need for quality workers is greater than ever before. Companies that have the raise to offer can be more selective and require background checks, health, and drug testing for candidates. Not only are fewer employees applying for jobs, but those that do often have a hard time landing interviews. Therapists, child-care providers, and yet another set of potential candidates can be lost.
As a former middle manager with a successful track record at a Fortune 500 company, I can relate first hand that stress and job search can greatly affect your life and those of your family members. It is no secret that a lay off and/or termination can be a devastating experience. This is yet another reason why a career change is a must for everyone. A less than desirable position could easily become a job, if it is not the end.
Surprisingly, the advancements in technology have evolved in direct proportion to the need for jobs to be filled. Advances in medical treatments, more efficient machinery, and sophisticated business tactics have created better health care options but related changes in the availability of resources. Today more than ever is the case for a job or career change.
Changing careers or positions does not have to be a scary, on the job experience. Some of the most daring people I know have pursued a career change after serving a mission. Some have even gone onto teaching. Before being outed to the world as a conscious, mission driven human, they were seekers and communicators.