“I should have come here years ago…” That may be the most common phrase I hear from Career Counseling Connecticut’s clients.
Changing careers is challenging in all the ways that something can be: fear of failure, fear of uncertainty, fear of insecurity. That reason – or really collection of many reasons – is why most people procrastinate changing careers. The other reason is the lack of a sense of urgency. Do you have to change your career today? This week? This month? No. So… I’ll make it a resolution next year.
Unfortunately, most people just kick the can down the road. They’ll deal with their career unhappiness at some later point. Right now, they’ll answer e-mails. Work, too, can create procrastination about big life changing issues.
The problem: life starts to drift away. As my twentysomething career counseling clients realize, thirty approaches really fast. And, my thirty/fortysomething career counseling clients realize, outside forces (marriage/kids/mortgage) consume a lot of energy that makes career change even more daunting.
Changing careers “today” (which really is a several month minimum process) will be hard. But changing careers tomorrow will be even harder.