Is a Career Pivot Next?

266woman-head-spinningProfessionals who have successfully made a career change have done their homework. Have you been feeling unsatisfied or mismatched in your career or is it this job that you don’t like? It may be that the culture isn’t a fit or the environment is not what you expected. You may feel overwhelmed or under compensated. For some clients, the commute made everything unpleasant and stressful and that became the deal breaker.

• Are there recurring patterns in your life and is this another attempt to fix something else?
• What’s unsatisfying about your current situation?
• Who’s doing work that you think you might want to do?

Unless the situation is toxic, we don’t recommend quitting a job in the hopes that something better will appear. As part of our intake we ask clients the following: If we were to have an appointment at a local restaurant three years from now, what would have taken place in your life for you to be fully satisfied and fulfilled both personally and professionally?

If money, time or credentials were not issues, what would you be doing? If the client already has an answer, we will break that down into how-to achieve your goal steps. Then it’s time to look at your networks, identify people who are doing what you would like to do, request an informational interview and spend time with them. This step takes work but for the most successful career changers, they learn from being curious and diligent in their efforts to become informed.

Not uncommon, especially for Millenials is the burnout after 18-24 months of not having a satisfying job, quitting and returning to school. School may have been a safe place, where achievement was rewarded. Adding debt without a plan is always a mistake.

Change is rarely simple. There are financial questions to address, perhaps relocation and even the judgment about leaving a role that you trained for years to reach. It takes courage, persistence and a plan, all of which are doable.


Has Your Career Been Delayed, Detoured or Derailed?

habitWhether you are returning to the job market or have a significant work history with some gaps, change is coming and you need to prepare. Are you an empty-nester? Took a buy-out or an early retirement and now what? Have you been laid off and unable or unwilling to relocate? Newly divorced or separated? Bored to death, scared to death, or just stuck? You’ve been out of the marketplace for awhile and are contemplating a re-entry, but where do you begin?

Getting back on track means something different for everyone. Perhaps you simply don’t like the career path you’ve been on, yet the salary is good enough and the benefits are important and could be hard to duplicate elsewhere. You remember being inspired and excited about your career at one point, but the job market is tight and you think you are too old to make a change.

According to recent studies, only 30-percent of Americans feel engaged or inspired at their jobs, which leaves a huge number of unhappy people in the workplace. The reality is that most of us need to earn a living and too often we check-out or settle for less than we should. However, when you spend 40+ hours weekly in addition to commuting time, don’t you deserve more? It could be the best time to reconfigure your professional life.

Ask yourself several important questions:
• What is your definition of work?
• Do you believe that making money will make you happy?
• Do you feel confident that you are exceptional at something?
• Do you believe in yourself?

At KICKSTART Your Transition ™ we want you to be equipped with the tools, strategies and skills that will make your job search and interviewing process less formidable. Preparation is key and distinguishes you from the rest. Make no mistake about it, this is your personal campaign and your success is directly related to developing a focused, proactive approach. Interviewers and hiring managers want to employ the right person and they need your help in making that critical decision. Take control of the process and view this as a full time commitment as you gain new skills and insights into an industry, a company, or a career path.

To learn more about our packages, programs and next steps in planning your encore career, exit strategy or career pivot, please visit our website.