As a Career consultant, I specialize in working with clients facing a range of 'early career concerns'. Typically in their 20s and 30s (with wonderful exceptions), they're optimistic, capable, education- oriented, and motivated ... and they want it all!
Along with dreams of adventure, success, family and friends, they also know that they want their careers to be an important part of their identity ... and they won't settle for less.Their concerns are all about hope for the future - planning a career path, launching a career after college, moving forward in their chosen field, finding a better niche or transitioning to a new career.
By the time they get to me, most of my clients have been mulling about their careers for some time - trying a number of different approaches but not finding the clarity and direction they need. And, it's not surprising. Uncertainty about your career can be overwhelming.
If you are like some of my clients, one of these situations may seem familiar to you.
- You're a bright student about to embark on yet another academic program ... and you've been down this road before. It's been 7 years since high school. You've switched programs 3 times (even graduated once)... and you're still searching for a career path that excites you. Your family and friends are losing patience and you're worried about getting it right this time.
- You've got goals. You've always had them. Every so often you think about what you know you need to do and promise yourself to take action. But life always gets in the way. At 32, you know your career, as a professional athlete can't last forever. You know you don't want to end up like so many others - suddenly 'retired' and without a plan. You want to be ready for the transition so that you can leave on your own terms and know where you're heading.
- Lately you've been wondering, "Is this all there is?" Is this what engineering is going to be all about? Meeting deadlines, fighting with contractors, working long hours, and trying to duck office politics? You're good at your job - but, after several years at it, you've lost your 'oomph'. 'What happened to your 'dream career', you wonder. You're ready to take action, if only you knew where to start.
- You're ready to take control of your own destiny - whatever that is. You've talked to your friends and family and they all have ideas ... but none of them 'feel' right for you. Your job at the ski shop was perfect after college. You needed to unwind, make a little money and regroup. But now ... your credentials are going stale and, with no 'relevant' experience, jobs are nowhere. You need someone to talk to - someone knowledgeable about careers - someone to help you figure it out for yourself.
- So far so good! After 2 years, you're starting to feel like you know what you're doing. You're ready for more responsibility and interesting projects ... but you've talked to management and there's no sign of it happening soon. So how long do you wait and what do you do next? Should you look for a lateral move or a new company? Maybe it's time to take that MBA you wanted?
These are just a few of the dilemmas I've helped my clients to solve.