When you navigate your next, you need a compass and a map. If you were going to hike a new trail, would you bring a compass or a map? You can only choose one and there’s no cell service, but the distance and terrain are within your strength and skill levels. If you can follow the sun or stars, skip the compass. If it’s an out and back hike and you’re good at noticing landmarks, skip the map. You can navigate the physical world with either a compass or a map, or neither. To navigate new chapters in our lives, it takes both. Wrong Map What’s your five-year plan? Inside my head: that’s way too long, life’s too uncertain and changes too fast, that’s not what you want to hear, I need this job, I have to say something that will make hire me, QUICK! Before I could form the words,. . . .Read more . . .
Let’s say you’re about to make a major presentation at work. The room is packed. Attendees have traveled from far and near to be there. Your boss is seated so close, with one her closest confidantes at her side, you could easily reach out and touch them. The moment you inhale to begin, the boss’ buddy whispers in her ear and she replies, in a loud stage whisper that sounds like a bad imitation of Daffy Duck, “of course she’s a professional!” It happened. During my short-lived, less-than-stellar career as a church organist, at the funeral of my sister-in-law’s father, in the church where her mom was the regular organist. The whisperer: my SIL’s uncle, the one who hadn’t seen me since I was an vapid tween with a mad crush on his son. I got through the service by biting the inside of both cheeks to keep from cracking up.. . . .Read more . . .
A friend of mine is celebrating her first day of retirement today. After forty-five years as a music educator. In the same job. That she landed straight out of college. She’s never had to navigate the in-between. The world of work doesn’t work that way any more. It hasn’t for a long, long time. In today’s world of work, navigating the in-between is as critical a skill as networking and writing an effective resume. The constant need to navigate career in-betweens isn’t just for millennials, either. According the the Bureau of Labor Statistics, even boomers have held an average of nearly twelve jobs between the ages of 18 and 48, and one-fourth of folks born between 1957 and 1964 have held fifteen jobs or more. Even during the most stable periods of their careers, boomers held an average of 2.4 jobs. That’s a lot of in-betweens to navigate. Which could mean. . . .Read more . . .
No job is secure. Tell me about it. At the end of a job that started with a full-on panic attack on day one and ended in turmoil twelve years later, that was my response to this core belief of the Career Invention Coaching Certification I undertook as part of my exit strategy. Great salary and benefits, plus just enough moments of meaning, service and joy kept me there that long. So I said to myself. The truth: no plan. What. So. Ever. After five subsequent years of helping clients craft the plans they need to not only escape soul-crushing jobs, but flourish in careers they love, I know this: It’s truer than ever that no job is secure, and having an aligned, up-to-date personal strategic plan is the key to turning the risks of the new world of work into opportunities. Perfect example: the recent Oscars “Envelope Incident:” Recap: End of broadcast, Best Picture. Warren. . . .Read more . . .
I was this close to going to law school. In a quarter-life crisis, before quarter-life crises were a thing, ignoring my heart’s desires, my exploration of “respectable” careers – where respectable was code for lucrative jobs that my parents would understand – led me to taking the law boards. Correction. Rocking the LSAT. Nuts, now the decision’s 100% on me. My never applying to law school lurked, hidden in my memory for ages, until last weekend. Seeing ACLU attorneys descend upon airports around the country solely to protect the rights of people they’d never met, got me thinking about my untraveled career path. No regrets. Many questions. Questions you may ask yourself, too, when you see folks making a difference while serving others. How can I create meaning, make a difference, and do good without rebooting my whole life? Beyond donating, rallying, calling, faxing (in 2017!) and freaking out on social media, what can I do,. . . .Read more . . .