Career Change: Why wait? 

Are you fairly certain that you want to change your career? 

Then, what are you waiting for?

I don’t mean you should quit your job today.  But, you should start your plan.  Now.

Some common objections against having a sense of urgency: 

“I don’t know what I want to do.”  

As I explain to our career counseling clients, part of the plan is exploring what you might want to do.  

Most people who are unhappy in their careers are unhappy, in part, because they don’t know what they want to do. Those that are happy in their careers were often in the same shoes a fews back.  The difference: those happy career folks did the work to figure out what they wanted to do.  

The happiest part of my work is knowing that we were part that plan.

“I know what I want to do but I don’t know how to do it.” 

That’s barely an excuse.  Unless you are competing with Elon Musk to create passenger space travel, you likely know someone who can help you figure this out.   

Quite often, a new client will walk in with an idea for career that she believes will lead to happiness but not know how to make it happen. 

I usually can tell the client what to do within an hour meeting. Why? Because we have been working in the career space long enough to know the next best steps for most people. 

Another of our counselors, Francie Penny, our health care specialist, will commonly sort out complicated health care career questions within one meeting.  How?  Francie has worked in so many different facets of health care over the last 25 years that she knows the health care industry far better than our career counseling clients.

“Now is not the time.”  

When will be the time?  Your life is made up of time.  Why wait?