Over the last few years many people have been affected by severe career shifts caused by redundancy or problems within the company that employed them.
Redundancy brings with it many profound emotions. There is the initial shock. Even if you have warning that staff cuts were coming, few people presume that they will be the one to go. There is the worry that this causes for the individual and their family, sometimes compounded by the grief of leaving friends and perceived security. For some people there is a sense of anger at the company or at the individual who has made this decision, and indignation expressed as ‘Why me? Why not someone else who didn’t work as hard?”
In contrast there is often a sense of relief that the deed has finally been done and that you now know where you stand. I’ve known situations where redundancy was a cause for celebration, a granting of freedom.
Of course there is no emotional value in redundancy. It is how you react to it that counts!
At the same time, many who haven’t had career shift thrust upon them have wanted to make a change in their working life because the changes around them made them feel discontent or anxious that they’d be the next to go.
After some time in the same job, same role or with the same organization it is natural to feel like it is time for a change. But for those of us who are identified as being part of the baby boomer generation it may also be an age-related career shift. You know you have so much more to offer, so many things to do, so many experiences still to have and they aren’t going to happen where you are currently working!
My clients express their disappointment at their current working life, realizing that perhaps this is a good as it gets. Some just put up with the current situation for years, quietly resigned that they have to keep working to a particular age when they will be free of work. Many feel that they are not valued in their work environment, while others recognize that they have changed and what they are doing is no longer the right sort of work for them.
Whilst some people are making a career shift away from what is making them unhappy, overwhelmed and uncomfortable, others choose to make a career shift to a better situation. It may be a job that they have always wanted. For many other people it is an entrepreneurial experience that they are seeking, an expression of something they really want to try in their lives.
A phrase I hear often from my career coaching clients is “It’s my time now and I want to do the things that I love to do, not just the things I’ve been doing for years.” They are looking for the right fit, where their work is congruent with who they know themselves to be. Fulfillment and purpose is the magic combination that they are seeking, packaged with an appropriate salary and good conditions.
So if you are in this situation, seeking a career shift but not sure how to achieve it, subscribe to our RSS feed over the next few weeks I’ll be guiding you through the best way to make a career change in this current employment climate. We will be looking at how you can make a major career decision with confidence and how to market yourself effectively through your resume, cover letters, interviews and LinkedIn. I’ll share how you can tap into the hidden job market successfully and how to handle your own mindset during your time of career uncertainty.
By Jenni Proctor