Friday, June 29, 2012

Facing career changes?

Are you struggling with career issues? You may be job-hunting or perhaps you're retiring and wondering about an "encore career" or about how you will spend your days.

I often invite clients to take their focus off a job and focus instead on what they want to be and do in a broader sense. Often I urge them to create a vocational vision that fleshes that out in a meaningful way.

When you can step back from just thinking about a job and see the larger picture, so much more comes into view. It's good to think about what your specific interests and talents are. It's also helpful to think about what most nurtures you and those gifts you possess. What type of setting and colleagues do you find nourishing? What kind of commute can your lifestyle or family situation handle? What kind of hours?

Do you want your career to be meaningful—or do you prefer your work to leave you time and energy for hobbies about which you're passionate?  Some people live to work, and others work to live. You just need to know what's best for you. How does your vocation fit into the rest of your life?

Some questions that might help you think about your vocation are: As a child, what did you always think you would be doing? What do you want to do when you retire? What do you want to do before you die? What do others say about you? What might make you jump out of bed in the morning to do?

Please contact me if you'd like to have a complimentary consultation about career or other life issues. Or select some dates and times on my website calendar.

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