Career Decisions: Staying, Leaving, Growing

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states “The average person born in the later years of the baby boom (1957-1964) held 11.7 jobs from age 18-48”.

According to the bureau, longitudinal studies have not been performed to determine how many career changes those jobs may have included.

We know that today’s college graduates will have future job opportunities in careers that do not presently exist. ( Life coaching is an example from my late baby boomer generation.)

How many jobs have you held?

How many careers do you feel this represented?

For many of us, work becomes stale at some point. Our career wants and needs change.

As a child, do you have any memories of being asked what you wanted to “be” when you grew up?

Have you asked a child the same question?

Some of us gave answers we stuck with; others made no determination until after HS, college or later.

We now know that brain development continues well into adulthood.

It is difficult to imagine our developing brains being able to make satisfying life long career choices at an early age.

How we define career success and fulfillment at the ages of 25, 35, 45, 55 and later is apt to change for a number of reasons.

When I was 39 years old, I experienced a spinal injury which required the expertise of a neurosurgeon who took bone from my pelvis and fused it into my neck after having removed 2 discs that had herniated into my spinal cord. He left a 3rd “bulging” disc alone.

Ironically, my career at the time was as a physical therapist. I was in my 16th year of clinical practice. I determined it was time for a change of career!

What to do?

I had 2 degrees.

I did a great deal of research.

3 career options became clear. I decided upon 1 of those 3 based upon my wants, needs, and interests at that time.

Switching from a clinical career to a sales and sales management career may sound puzzling but it was the perfect fit for that stage of my life.

As I was making the transition, I learned the importance of owning that my past experience mattered.

Work and life experience; all of it mattered as I moved successfully from one career to another.

For example, goal setting with patients in my physical therapy career provided me with excellent experience as a sales manager assisting my team in their business planning and goal setting. As a team, we achieved recognition at a national level within our parent company and individuals advanced their career success.

All of your experiences matter!

Are you thinking about a change in your work environment or career?

How do you want to go about it?

What do you want the next step on your career path to look like?

How have your wants and needs changed?

There’s help for you.

Hire a career coach.

Inner Progress!

Kate

 

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