How to Transition to a New Job in a Bad EconomyIn these difficult economic times – even though the unemployment rate is not what it was at the height of the recent recession, times are still tough for many – it may seem frightening to thing about finding a new job or even a new career, instead of simply sticking with what you already know and do. But change is inevitable, and we have to rise above our fears to try something new.
A real-life story showed a new way for a career path
As certified career coach Seth Kaufman, Psy. D. of Creative Vision Coaching puts it, “No matter what your employment situation, making pivotal career decisions out of fear is not a good way to move forward.” He compares the current issues with the economy with what happened to his fellow psychologists’ careers in the 1980s. Back then, the growth of health maintenance organizations seemed to indicate that psychologists needed to sign up with the HMOs in order to stay in business.
But Kaufman says that he and other psychologists chose a different career path for their lives. Instead of “giving away our professional independence,” he said, they figured out that the “best strategy for future success was to step up marketing to attract self pay clients.”
He explains that in the long run, it all worked out for those in his field. who chose independence over HMOs. “Those who went with the HMO’s ended up with reduced income, mountains of paper work, and revolving door clients,” he said, while “those who built up self pay practices continued to enjoy their work, filled their hours with motivated clients, and increased their incomes.”
The career coach’s story is a microcosm of the economy these days. There is so much change going on in a variety of fields, from journalism to real estate to computing. The only real constant, as it turns out, is change. But change is not always necessarily bad. It could represent great opportunities to grow in your career.
Kaufman says that no matter what field you are in, it is critical to think about your future, whether it be with your current career path, or a new one. The career coach suggests that you ask yourself the following questions:
• In which growing career fields could you picture yourself succeeding?
• Are there niches in your current field which offer opportunities for growth?
• Do you need to learn new skills for the future?
• Is there something that you are passionate about in which you could start a successful business with?
Write down the answers to these questions, and be honest with yourself. You also need to be realistic – no matter how passionate you are about football, you are not going to be able to play in the game if you are 50 years old, but you may be able to find an assistant coaching job, starting with a Pop Warner league. Good luck.
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