Do you remember getting your first job? Likely it was through word of mouth as you didn’t have any work experience I started mine when I was twelve working after school and weekends for a ceramics studio owned by a friend’s mother.
Deciding what you wanted to be when you grew up was more of a challenge. Technology has made it easier to research careers but in many ways has given us too much choice, complicating the decision. I like the approach taken by Sean Aiken in his book, “The One-Week Job Project”. He tried a different job every week for 52 weeks to find out more about them and if he would want to do it as a career.
In today’s world, career change has become common place. The workplace is undergoing transformation on what sometimes seems to be a regular basis changing what we do or eliminating it entirely. We are also human and can tire of what we do and may want something more meaningful. Because of family issues we may have to relocate giving us both the opportunity and the need to change what we do. We may retire and want to use our skills in different ways, whether in a paid or volunteer capacity.
Career change can be very stressful, especially if not your choice. Health issues can influence the necessity to change careers as can changes in the workplace. If you have a family and a home these are considerations as well. Going back to school can put financial pressure on the family. Relocation can be stressful if you are well established in your current community.
Although not a decision maker, the Myers-Briggs Step II assessment is a tool that can give you a better understanding of yourself and where the challenges might be in your career choice. Knowledge of personality type can also help to understand the potential effect on family. For more information, contact us for a free consultation.