Did you know that your career transition answers could be right inside you?
Isabel called the other day. She is frustrated in her job as a dentist. Putting her hands in disgusting mouths all day makes her gag. I wonder how she made it through dental school but that is neither here or there. She wants to do anything else. Maybe something involving science, maybe something sales-ey. Anything without spit.
I get a lot of these kinds of calls. Insert any profession. I hear this from teachers, supply chain folks, accountants, sales people, marketing folks, HR people – just about anyone can be that frustrated with a career choice or with their current job. I sympathize with the frustration. I’ve been there myself.
I remember my frustration after getting laid off for the umpteenth time earlier in my career from a job I hated. A sympathetic friend, Stuart, an industrial psychologist came to my aid. He administered a battery of career assessments that revealed that I was in the right profession after all!
He wisely said, “You are in the right church, wrong pew!”
Sort of like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I had the ability to solve my own problem and find my own happiness. I knew all along that I wanted to solve people problems with humor and creativity so people and organizations would thrive. That is now my personal mission. But it is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel when you are in the stew.
Enough with the clichés already!
Sometimes it takes an outsider to make sense of this frustration. I am eternally grateful that Stuart was my guide to discovering I had chosen the right profession but the wrong place to practice it. I felt an immediate sense of relief.
We can help you find your path. After helping many clients discern their paths I realized most of us are already in the right path. Ok maybe not Isabel the dentist. She needs to get out of dentistry right now. But just about everyone else I meet actually has that nugget of truth inside them already. They already know what they need to do. They just need help bringing that nugget to the surface.
That is where we come in. I listen. I have a few stupid simple exercises to help you find that nugget that already exists.
Many times clients are like me, right profession but wrong company. Actually that happens more often than you would imagine. The change of scenery makes all the difference.
Sometimes clients need to switch to a slightly different usage of their skills, a career tweak if you will. Like a teacher who wants to work for a publishing company or an HR person who wants to specialize in talent acquisition.
Less frequently clients like Isabel need a total refit. I suspect even Isabel has a nugget of insight in her that needs to be brought to the surface.