Making sure we are on the right track is an important part of fine tuning our careers. Opportunity is always all around us. Navigating timing and terrain however, is important when we are thinking about relocating. Both are major considerations before heading out to get that next position. Finding just that right fit into another work culture is the key as to whether or not we will be satisfied with our ultimate decision to uproot ourselves professionally.
We all move on for different purposes. If we are caught in a situation that makes us miserable then we must make that choice to go or suffer the daily consequences of staying on. A move from one professional place to another is stressful. It takes careful planning and, in most instances, some retraining. I believe it also takes a willingness to take risk – after all, there are no guarantees we will be any happier. But for those of us who pride ourselves on our ability to be adventuress then, there is a huge potential that we may be very pleased with our decision.
We have to ask ourselves if we are content and where we want to be. If not, we owe it to ourselves to slowly and methodically, plot our way out. There are many reasons why we are not at ease in our current workplace. It may be because we do not like the specifics of the job itself, or, it could be because we do not like the people we have to work with every day. If we have a long and grueling commute, the distant location may be at fault. Another variable is the size of our workplace. Perhaps, we find it too closed in and claustrophobic or, it might be too enormous and impersonal for us. Regardless, in the end, it is not where we want to be.
Let’s face it; departing any job these days is scary. We take our chances when we venture out among all the unknowns. There is no doubt that the economic world we live in is different these days even from just a few years ago. There are fewer certainties and that reality can be chilling. Who knows where we will land despite our training and education.
If, for whatever the reason, we suddenly find ourselves jobless, any lost employment opportunity makes us feel like a total failure. This is especially true when we are required to interview for a job we feel was forced upon us and we are not even considered a suitable candidate for the position. Sometimes the more attractive offers seem to dry up and we feel as if we are losing ground. It is during these times that we have to face the stark reality that there is no going back and just keep looking forward.
We must reevaluate our skills and reapply them to a variety of unique work models that we design for ourselves. It is a career plan that acknowledges our strengths and takes into account our vast experience. If we are new to the field then this is a period that requires our participation in educational programs that will help guarantee our advancement. Consequently, we are at a crossroads, this is when we need to take a turn, and as we do, we have the chance to advance ourselves and move forward professionally. No matter what, it is a major step in taking charge of our careers.
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