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Mid-stream career changes can be terrifying, but sometimes we don’t really have a choice… My article on how it’s possible to recover from what seems like a devastating career setback was published in the May 2012 issue of Life Positive. An excerpt is produced here and the complete article can be viewed at:
We are what we do. For most of us, our job defines our life. On the face of it, this does not seem so surprising – after all, we dedicate a large chunk of our lives to our career. Not only is this accepted, it almost seems admirable. I am sure we can all relate childhood experiences of being told how studies and career are the most important part of life. Study, study, work, and work – we grow up internalising this belief, and having placed our career on a pedestal, move into adulthood.
This emphasis on career does have its benefits. We gain motivation, are inspired to do better, and occasionally even find a sense of beauty in our work. Unfortunately, this also has a flip side. Major job changes are regarded as amongst the most stressful experiences one can undergo even if it involves positive changes like a major promotion or transfer to a dream location. The simple fact is that if something is important, any change will be highly charged too!
If that is when things are going well, what about when something goes wrong? If we define ourselves by our work, what happens when we are forced into a job change, or worse, hit by a spell of unemployment or business loss?