The recession of 2009 taught us that the 30 years and a gold watch retirement from one company is a thing of the past. The cold, hard lesson: this isn’t our parents workforce. The workforce that said if you go to work on time, all the time, keep your head down and do your job that everything will be alright, has morphed into if you do your job well for this moment in time you’ll be in a good position to find a job somewhere else. Thus, jobs ending have less to do with performance and more to do with what companies need: now. Once your skills are used and the task is completed it’s on to the next one.
So, add growing frustration with your career, your desire to pay your bills on time and a burning desire to do something you really love. Career transition. A big, bad word to the older generation who believed in company loyalty; yet more of a reality than believed. There comes a time where what you used to do is no longer fruitful for your career, or well-being. It’s time for a change; a change that may help you come to the conclusion that what you were successful at on the highest level may be a thing of your past; forever.
This is not such a bad thing. It’s actually that nagging feeling that says “You know you were really done with this a loooong time ago!” While you’re pounding the pavement, it’s cool to walk away from your past. For you wouldn’t have come this far if you weren’t successful in your last venture. You have strengths and skills! Time to use them in another capacity.
No worries; you didn’t quit – you decided to try something new.