Career Change: When the pain of staying exceeds the pain of movement

“I finally had enough.” Stan said. Having endured 14 years of low enjoyment, high pressure, work at a large corporation in Stamford, CT, Stan said that he had stayed so long because thoughts of leaving either left him confused or anxious. Finally, after a so-so year end review, he thought to himself that he had stayed only because he never was forced to leave. His reviews had always been above average. Now, he started to worry that his job could be in jeopardy. With lack of security on top of dislike for his job, he finally “had enough.”
Through the years of working with career changers, I’ve noticed that most people do not move unless forced. As you examine your career in 2016, consider that you are in a much better position to change careers when you are not desperate.  A few years ago, Pfizer’s Connecticut reorganization set in motion a process that disrupted hundreds of jobs in Southeastern, CT.  Those that met with me in anticipation of the move (the rumor mill was in high well before the official announcement) pretty much all did very well in transition.  Career change takes time.  Those who sought help from a career coach before getting terminated were in good position to seek new employment compared to those who waited until they were officially unemployed.  
General Electric is undergoing a similar transition in 2016. Those in Fairfield County who either work for GE or who are dependent on GE’s presence (lots of vendors that service GE are worried) should embrace the “pain of movement” now.