Career Change 2016: Take the first step

“My 2016 resolution was to get a new job.” Sarah said. “The problem is that I’ve had the same resolution since 2012. Each year, I ended up doing nothing. It is only mid-February and I’m meeting with a career counselor. That’s great for me!”
Why has Career Counseling Connecticut had such great success?  I could give all sorts of reasons that even if true would appear self-serving.  But there is one that has nothing to do with us – at least directly. Meeting with Career Counseling Connecticut is often the first tangible step that a career changer makes even if the would be career changer has been thinking of switching careers for years. The most common remark made by our clients is “I should have come here a long time ago.”
Here’s why: most of our clients have had conversations with themselves for months/years about disliking their jobs or careers.  At some point, most told either a close friend or spouse or parents. Responses may have ranged from the nice but meaningless “you should look for something else” to the old school “work is not supposed to be fun, that’s why it’s called work”. It is not highly unlikely that any friend/relative would spend real quality time sorting out career paths.  Why? Most would not know how to do so.  They are not career counselors.  And they are not situated in the role of career advisor to you. They are your “friend” or “wife/husband” or “mother/father”.  The latter often attempts to provide career advice but there are a whole host of reasons why parents are often ill suited to be career advisors.
So when our clients set up an appointment with us, they have committed to moving beyond complaining to doing something. As soon as they do so, they start thinking in more active ways about what they will do, particularly because they “prepare for the meeting” through answering our personality profiling questions and an our career narrative. Their thinking becomes more concrete and less abstract. Then as our meeting date approaches, they give more thought to “how they will answer the questions from the career counselor”. In doing so, they continue on the track of self-discovery and further move from abstract complaints to concrete thought. 
When they finally meet me or one of my fellow career counselors, they are “primed” and ready to get advice. When they leave, they wonder – why didn’t I take this first step years ago?